Tag: Evangelicalism

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An Evangelical Disproves Evangelicalism

Yesterday, I talked about Scot McKnight’s essay From Wheaton to Rome: Why Evangelicals become Roman Catholic, in which he explores reasons people leave Evangelicalism for Catholicism.  It’s written from the perspective of a Protestant (McKnight’s an Anabaptist), but one more interested in finding out the real reasons people become Catholic, than on belittling those reasons.  Because […]

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Milk and Meat: What We Can Learn from Evangelicalism (and Vice Versa)

You can learn a lot from comparing Catholic converts to Protestantism with Protestant converts to Catholicism. Catholics tend to leave because their basic needs aren’t being met. Protestants tend to leave because only their basic needs are being met.  I think that the best evidence shows that Catholics need to be better at presenting and living […]

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How Did Evangelicals End Up on the Wrong End of the Contraception Debate?

On issues of the Liturgy — what public Christian worship should look like — Catholics often find themselves lined up, more or less, with the “mainline” Protestant churches.  We use a Lectionary, have structured worship, a liturgical cycle (with Advent, Lent, and the like), and so forth. On these issues, we tend to disagree with […]

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Learning the Bible Through Sunday Mass

One major difference in liturgical style between Catholics and Evangelicals is the Lectionary.  Both of us rely on “expository preaching,” which means that we base our sermons/homilies off of Scripture.  Evangelical pastors typically choose the passage they want to preach on — this is called “the Individual Choice Method.”  Catholics, and many Protestant denominations, follow […]

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Jesus Plus the Church: The “Total Christ” (Christus Totus)

On Saturday, I was reading in the Catechism about how Jesus, when united with the Church, forms the “whole Christ” or “total Christ” (Christus totus).  The phrase comes from the writings of St. Augustine.  Here’s what the Catechism says on it: 795 Christ and his Church thus together make up the “whole Christ” (Christus totus). […]

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Are Catholics “Born Again”?

Long before Evangelicals were calling themselves “Born Again Christians” in the twentieth century, Catholics were referring to themselves that way.  For example, the Latin name “Renatus” (the root of names like RenĂ©e) means “Born Again” – that is, the notion of being born again was significant enough that parents wanted to name their kids after it. Interestingly, […]

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