I’ve been talking to a good friend of mine a lot about our faiths. He’s a a member of the Church of the Nazarene, which seems to put him on the evangelical, maybe even fundamentalist end of the Protestant spectrum, which tends to make the conversations quite interesting since our beliefs are usually drastically different.
One thing I’ve noticed, though, as we talk about what we believe, is that we have totally different understandings of words like “grace” and “religion” and etc. (For example, he’s been raised to believe that ‘religion’ is a bad thing, and thinks that all the differences between Catholicism and Protestantism boil down to irrevelant relgious stuff.)
Is this common problem with Catholic-Protestant dialogues?