Do you ever read about other religious denominations?


#1

Do you ever read about other religious denominations?

To understand different bible commentary’s?


#2

Yes, quite a bit. I live in a very diverse community and meet people of all faiths and no faith. It’s interesting to me to know where they are coming from and they usually appreciate the effort. I read about religions outside of the monotheistic faiths as well, but not as much.


#3

I’ve been there before coming back to Catholicism. You name it.

This is the worst way possible.


#4

No, but I’ve read the bible commentary as linked in various online bible sources. It tends to be pretty similar and not specific to any one protestant denomination.


#5

Yes and yes.


#6

My whole life.

It hit me like a ton of bricks when I was seventeen.

“Why am I Baptist and my buddy Presbyterian?”

Since then I’ve been Baptist (free will), a Calvinist, atheist and oscillated between Catholicism and Orthodoxy. Will hopefully land on Orthodoxy for good.


#7

I am well versed in other denominations within Christianity, as well as other non-Christian faith traditions. I believe it serves us well to understand what others believe. It helps us be better neighbors as well as better companions in Christ.


#8

Not intentionally but I do come across them sometimes. Why do you ask?


#9

Catholic Malkin martin says if you believe in the Trinity . water baptism. Sunday worship . you are the separated brother and catholic you just don’t realize it hmmm


#10

Yup. Protestants are separated brethren who are not in communion with us (Catholics).


#11

The more I read about Judaism the greater the appreciation I have for the roots of Catholic traditions and worship. So much of our tradition can be found in Jewish practice.
As to protestant, meh. I understand much of what the believe and appreciate their enthusiasm, but their lack of sacrament leaves me cold.


#12

Indeed. Study of other denomination and non-Christian religions can be very edifying. For example, I’ve found the study of Judaism, especially the Passover celebration, very important for understanding the celebration of Eucharist. There are striking similarities between the order of celebrating Passover and the order of the Mass. One secure in their faith should never fear learning.


#13

To the O.P. Yes, for example I find N.T.Wright’s books excellent. He is one of the world’s most highly regarded scholars of 1st century Christianity.

And I also read books from the Quaker perspective. I have long appreciated their commitment to non-violence, and appreciate their high regard for silence.


#14

I have learned that Bishop Wright is much read by Roman Catholics as well as Evangelical Protestants. He must be doing something right! (bad pun, sorry). There are very few other writers who can span both spectrums of the faith, C.S. Lewis, being the one who comes to mind first.


#15

I haven’t, do they all tell you how to love God?


#16

I read about them because I’m curious how other people think and live, but I couldn’t care less about their Bible commentary, except in the case of the Jewish people before and around the time of Jesus.


#17

Sometimes. I think especially when the internet became mainstream, it was the first time I ever really interacted much with Christians of other denominations that leveled criticism at Catholicism. I definitely learned a lot more about them but even Catholicism as well. Needless to say my catechesis growing up was terrible. My cradle Catholic peers and I hardly learned anything compared to Catholics in the past. I not only didn’t know a lot about Catholicism, but the other churches my friends went to when I was a teenager just “looked kinda different. And they don’t talk about Mary.” That’s pretty much all I knew.


#18

yeah
i went to an ifb school for a long time


#19

I did study other denominations in the past. Now I only look up info on them if it comes up in conversation and later at home I become curious.

I will use the cross-references and footnotes that are not Catholic. I have made extensive use of Jacob Milgrom’s (Jewish) commentary on Leviticus. It depends on the resource and my particular need at the time. Some are so off base to me that they are not worth anything and others can be mined for good info.


#20

Yes as well as listen to good protestant radio at times (not TBN). I have friends who are non-denominational/evangelical Christians. If I ever get into a discussion about the faith I want to know where they are coming from, what their beliefs are, speak using their language (“let’s get into the Word” etc.). It comes in handy.

ZP


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