Written by Sherry
Tuesday, 13 March 2007 09:31
There's a lovely appreciative post at The Evangelical Outpost on the subject of what Evangelicals Owe Catholics. The author isn't about to convert but he is serious and a very nice conversation is ensuing. Three areas that he highlights:
Marian devotion (surprising, no?)
"Our complete renunciation of Marian theology, however, often causes me to downplay the importance of Mary herself, indisputably one of the most incredible humans who every lived. How can we not be in awe of this woman when we realize she held God in her womb? Our Catholic friends remind us that Jesus wasn’t just the son of God; He was Mary’s son too.
On the sanctity of life
"For nearly thirty years, evangelicals have been working to catch up to our Catholic brothers and sisters on issues of the sanctity of life. Even today, the Catholic Church is more consistent in its application."
Ecclesiology (now this is very interesting)
"One of the first principles of Reformed ecclesiology is that there is but one holy, catholic, and apostolic Church. Because this principle is difficult to square with the existence 10,000+ different Protestant denominations, we claim that this refers only to the invisible church. But what about the church that is visible? After all, it is Jesus desire to “gather into one the children of God who are scattered abroad.” (John 11:51-52)"
My question for ID readers. Can we return the favor? Around St. Blog's, we spend a lot of time lamenting the pervasive evangelical influence in the US and the number of Catholics who fill evangelical churches. But is there another side to this?
Hat tip: Mark Shea
In your opinion, how have we as Catholics benefited, directly or indirectly, from the strong evangelical presence in this country?