IS IT POSSIBLE THAT PROTESTANTS ARE AS ILL-INFORMED ABOUT THEIR FAITH AS ARE CATHOLICS?
Seems like Kathleen Crowther in the red statement below is quite unecumenical and unenlightened, no? I wonder if anyone knows about Luther's antisemitism which ranks him up there with Robert E. Lee and others like him.
Do you know what separates Protestants and Catholics? Many Protestants seem not to.
This year marks the 500th anniversary of the Protestant
Reformation, the breaking point that cleaved Western Christianity in
two. Half a millennium later, the bloody wars between Protestants and
the Catholic societies they broke away from have long ceased, but the
churches remain divided.
What beliefs really
separate the Protestant and Catholic adherents of today, though? The Pew
Research Center created a survey that found some surprising results.
Crowther, a historian who specializes in the Protestant Reformation,
said during a panel discussing the results at the Religion News
Association meeting in Nashville last week that she wasn't surprised to
hear that Protestants today don't fully embrace Luther's teachings,
especially sola fide.Luther was reacting to corrupt practices
of the church in 1517, like charging money to guarantee a loved one's
passage out of purgatory, when he said that good works won't gain
someone passage to heaven. "It's one thing to say that buying and
selling indulgences is crass and wrong," Crowther said.
"It's another to
say that giving charity to your neighbor is on a plane with buying
indulgences. This is one thing they really struggled with, and I think
Protestants do today."
historian who has written extensively about the Reformation, Thomas
Albert Howard, responded to the survey by noting that the blurring of
these theological differences helps keep the peace between Catholics and
Protestants, who fought one another on battlefields across Europe for
years. "Sometimes just forgetting things, forgetting the difficult
things in the past, is one way for human solidarity," he said.
the differences aren't all so erasable. Howard theorized that if Pew
had asked Protestants more questions about the role of the Virgin Mary
in their worship or about their attitudes toward the papacy, the survey
would have found that Protestants still sharply diverge from Catholics
on those points.