My husband’s older brother very much has a “Jesus came to condemn the Pharisees and their set of rules and therefore, we don’t really have to do anything” view of church and spiritual life. We had a heated a spirited conversation with him this last weekend when he said he “thought it was good” that we were researching the Catholic faith but that Jesus was against man-made “check the box” religion, which is what he thinks Catholicism (and a lot of Protestantism) is.
What is the best way to respond to him in differentiating the Catholic Church (and it’s related teachings) from the Pharisees and their rigid system of rules? I think that basically, he feels that the Catholic Church is more about the rules (and works) than the relationship. I know that SOME Catholics may actually fall into this camp, but how can I eloquently explain to him the beauty of the Catholic Church and it’s teachings. He’s a very analytical thinker so scholarly work would very much be appreciated. Thank you!