Friday, December 31, 2010

Blogging on Catholicism in 2011

The past few years I have blogged mostly on Calvinism/Arminianism and while I may post more on that topic in 2011, God willing, I would like to discuss Protestant/Roman Catholic topics in the coming year. They have been on my mind as of late and it will just give me a chance to dig into other areas of scripture.

My initial impressions is that while my differences with Calvinists are mostly theoretical with little practical implications (i.e. I have worshiped God alongside Calvinists my whole life) my differences with Catholicism are the reverse.  We probably generally share the same view of God but I would not feel at home in a Catholic Church. The Pope, the Mass, Mary, the Saints, Icons, Purgatory, Confession, Indulgences, the Apocrypha... these are large, in your face, real world differences.  The heart of the difference to me seems not so much in the understanding of the God who is revealing things, but rather in what He has revealed.  We will see how my impressions change as the year goes by. 

God be with you in the new year.  

2 comments:

Jnorm said...

Dan,

Have you ever visited a modern Roman Catholic Mass before? The Novus Ordo might surprise you! I personally prefer the old Mass, but You may feel more at ease with this Vatican II one. Also, if you hung around Molinistic Roman Catholics, then you might feel a little different about the differences being in reverse. You might feel closer to them than with your Calvinistic counterparts.

But yes, in the other areas you mentioned the differences with Catholicism would be the reverse.


Have a Happy New Years!

Godismyjudge said...

Hey Jnorm,

Happy New Year to you to.

I think so, yes. At least I was at a Mass that I thought was different and more modern than most I have seen. But it still had people praying to Mary and bowing to the alter, so I did notice substantial differences in style of worship.

God be with you,
Dan