500 years later – What have we learned?
Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Prolific Christian author bridges the divide between the world’s two largest Christian denominations
SAN FRANCISCO – Protestants throughout the world will celebrate a monumental event on Oct. 31, 2017: the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. The question remains, though: Will Protestants and Catholic ever be unified? Catholics and Protestants have different beliefs on many key topics, including the office and authority of the pope, sufficiency and authority of Scripture, the Eucharist and the veneration of the saints and Mary, among others. Widely read Christian author and philosopher Dr. Peter Kreeft addresses the aforementioned differences (and more) in his new book, CATHOLICS AND PROTESTANTS: What We Can Learn From Each Other.
While he acknowledges that there still are significant differences between Catholics and Protestants, Kreeft emphasizes that they agree on the single most important issue: justification. He’s direct, simple and even confrontational, but he takes a vertical, not horizontal, approach by “directing arrows not against each other (Protestant or Catholic) but against our own hearts and minds and wills.”
In CATHOLICS AND PROTESTANTS, Kreeft provides a fair and insightful path toward bringing Catholics and Protestants into closer union with each other. Above all, Kreeft says that this work is simple, not easy, or obvious, but condensed. It — like all of reality — is Christocentric. Its purpose is to be “like an Australian sheep dog, herding and hectoring Christ’s separated sheep back to His face. For that is the only way they can ever return back to each other.”
“Peter Kreeft, one of our finest Christian writers today, has given us a passionate plea for Christian unity, one that builds upon the great common core of Christian belief confessed by faithful Protestants and Catholics alike,” Timothy George, dean of Beeson Divinity School of Samford University, says of CATHOLICS AND PROTESTANTS. “A volume full of faith — and hope.”
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