Thank you, I consider myself answered.I see that “Protestant” refers to a general set of philosophical ideas, like sola scriptura. It is no longer strictly associated with “Protesting”.
A church can be Protestant even if they don’t give a second thought to Catholicism, much less spend any energy protesting Catholicism because it inherets a set of ideas from people who did once protest Catholicism.
Is that about right?
Yes, that is more or less correct. And of course the ideas protested against by the original protestors do go back to the Catholic church (that’s all their was in the west at the time).
I tend to see the idea of “protestant” as having two definitions. The original Protestants. And then the ideas that all Protestants hold in common.
The original Protestants the Lutherans and Anglicans were protested against by seceeding groups of Protestants who did not see them as going far enough and being Protestant enough.
So we had the Zwinglians and Calvinsists who prostedted the Lutheran idea that Baptism is for forgiveness of sins and that Holy Communion is the body and blood of Christ. They taught the sacraments are symbolic only.
Then there were the puritans and seperatists of England who thought the Anglicans did not go far enough in “purifying” the liturgy and ceremonial of the church by retaining customs such as wedding rings, vestments, and the use of liturgy at all.