Monday, September 05, 2005

Is the Reformation Over?

AP with an article about that pesky Reformation called Tensions easing between Catholics, evangelicals


Almost 500 years after Martin Luther, one of the top U.S. evangelical thinkers has co-authored a book that finds an increasingly warm relationship between Catholics and evangelicals.

Is the Reformation Over? An Evangelical Assessment of Contemporary Roman Catholicism (Baker), by Mark A. Noll and Carolyn Nystrom, argues that not only on contemporary political issues such as abortion but also on matters of spirituality, Catholics and Protestant conservatives have ever more in common.

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"We Catholics are churchy people and we have a stack of beliefs about the church and perceptions of the church that evangelicals don't have," Shea says.

Evangelicals famously break with Catholics on the authority of the papacy and its dogmas about Mary. They also preach "Scripture alone" for religious authority, whereas Catholicism enshrines both Scripture and church tradition.

Yet both Noll and Shea believe the evangelicals are much closer to Catholicism on central Christian teachings than more liberal Protestants.

So, does that mean the Reformation is over? Noll summarizes: "The answer is not yes, but it's moving in the direction of yes."