Bible conversations : Catholic-protestant dialogues on the by Dave Armstrong

By Dave Armstrong

Fifteen dialogues loosely in accordance with encounters of a Catholic apologist with Protestants, over the process approximately 5 years of web discussions on lists, bulletin forums, and personal correspondence. crucial and basic concerns that divide Protestants and Catholics are handled: the connection of Bible and culture, the authority of the Church, even if the Church and culture should be infallible just like the Bible, how one is stored, the connection of religion and works, even if Catholics think in "salvation by way of works," grace on my own, and so forth.

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P: I think that most divergences of interpretation can be accounted for by: (1) different levels in individual knowledge of the Bible. Those who study the Bible in greater depth will tend to agree on its central teaching. C: That's simply not true. Jehovah's Witnesses and Mormons know their Bibles quite well (of course they have horrendous hermeneutical principles) and they can’t even arrive at trinitarianism. ). The argument doesn't fly. We have to deal with history and the ugly reality of unbiblical sectarianism.

C: Where does it claim this and rule out any pride of place for Tradition and Church? Your conclusion is based on a premise not itself established from the Bible. This is a house of cards, of the most vulnerable sort. The slightest wind demolishes it. Your premise remains radically unproven. It is basically an unexamined axiom and treasured Protestant tradition, originally made out of desperation in reaction to the Catholic Church (Luther at the Diet of Worms in 1521). " He merely assumed his (false) premise, just as you are doing.

C: Yes, you hit the nail on the head, and (to understate it) I don't think you will be able to escape this dilemma if you wish to pursue it further. P: The classical Protestant position recognizes that God has ordained certain normal means for the teaching of Christianity, which may not necessarily apply in every individual instance. In other words, God (being omnipotent) could communicate saving grace and truth to someone who had nothing but a Bible. You yourself don’t even deny this premise, right?

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