I admit it…I’m nowhere near educated enough in the Catholic Church to be an adequate apologist. I am reading the Bible, reading apologetics work such as the Salvation Controversy, and “Surprised by Truth” and all that sort of good stuff. I also have the Catechism which I plan to read, and a book on the scriptural basis of the Catholic Church that I will read, eventually, too.
I just feel like I’m a disappointment apologetics-wise; anytime somebody says something, I feel like I think I know the answer, but I’m afraid of speaking up for fear that I will misrepresent the Church. Are there any helpful hints about gentle apologetics, beginner apologetics? I’m not ready for a nitty-gritty one, but something that would spur the other person to just think and consider and discuss would be nice. Especially apologetics for Calvinists specifically, if possible.
For example, “Blessed Assurance”…I had given somebody a link to the hymnal my parish uses, and he was looking through all the songs listed on there, and he noted that Blessed Assurance wasn’t. Then he realized why, theologically it’s based off of the Calvinistic “Irresistible Grace”, and at this point I wanted to say something to open up a discussion on grace, the Calvinistic and the Ariminain views and such, mostly for my benefit, because I wanted to understand that point of view more. But I was afraid to, because I didn’t feel like I knew enough to bring it up, as he’s very knowledgeable and I most certainly am not. Yet I felt like I had an idea of what to say, I just didn’t want to get in over my head and actually leave things worse than when I began.
And then reading the Bible…I noticed a lot of places mention “elders”…which is precisely what Presbyterians call their church leaders. How’s this fit in with bishops? Just a curious thought that came up as I was reading.
I don’t know, this is just a really general question, but I’m just not sure how to go about doing this. I don’t know enough to ask specific questions, if that makes sense, and I’m sorry this is rambling, but it’s nearly 1 am now, and I should be getting to bed. Just couldn’t feel like I could sleep leaving this unresolved. I know the people here at CAF would be able to help me a lot This may be the first of many questions to come, though.