Friday, February 23, 2007

Genuine ecumenism

A Catholic priest reacts to the church sign exchange below:
I've often made the point that the most fruitful kind of dialogue between Catholics and Protestants is not really with Anglicans and Lutherans, but with Evangelicals. This clever sign swap makes my point.

The reason Catholics can connect with Evangelicals more than mainstream Protestants is that both Evangelicals and Catholics believe in a revealed religion, not a relative religion. Mainstream Protestantism basically understands the Christian faith to be a human construct that must be altered by human beings according to the intellectual and social fashions of the day. Catholicism and conservative Evangelicalism regard the faith as divinely revealed, with obedience being the human response. Catholics and Evangelicals can have some pretty heated debates, but that's because they believe passionately in a revealed religion.

In contrast, those who think Christianity is a human construct aren't even in the same arena.
[emphasis added]
Source: Standing on My Head: In These Signs Conquer

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