All right I am going to word this poorly, let me forewarn you all of that. But I am sincere in this question.
Occasionally a Catholic-especially those of us reared in the southern U.S- will ask a question such as “Why do Protestants believe that they only need the bible and nothing else not even going to church.”(Just an example, not meant to start a discussion on church attendance). Protestants on this board who attend Anglican, Methodist or Lutheran churches will quickly respond that they know of no Protestant that thinks this way. Or they will respond that the poster is using a rarity of thinking among Protestants to broadly paint all Protestant believes.
Of course both sides are correct. Certain denominations of Protestantism seems much closer to the Catholic understanding of salvation etc. then other beliefs.
This seems to be partly regional, partly it seems to be a difference among low church/ high church.
I am in the south. My state has the snake handlers. People who believe that Jesus will save them from poisonous snakes and purposely handle the creatures to prove their faith. Extreme forms of OSAS exist here as do much more fundamentalists beliefs.( I really think that it is a humidity thing:p ) Here, these types of Protestants seem to outnumber those of you who are more moderate.
Any way, I want to be fair in my posts so when I am asking a questions about the Protestants how do I differentiate between the different beliefs? Would saying that I mean low Protestants when I refer to such believers as fundamentalists be more appropriate then saying ‘some’ Protestants?