[quote=DarinHamel]I heard a very true saying that says something like “Protestants who know church history cease to be Protestants”.
My problem is I know world history and can see the Catholic church in the context of thousands of years of world history and countless religions. From an objective point of this historical view why even be christian let alone Catholic?
I have read and loved Scott Hann. He is so on fire for the Catholic faith and before that he was on fire for his Calvinist faith. Through gods grace and the study of history he came to the Catholic Church. I am a cradle Catholic and attend mass daily. I however love ancient world history. From the perspective of world history the True Faith doesn’t look so true anymore.
Help me but don’t tell me to pray, have faith or just stick to it. I have done all those things for years and now I want intellectual answers so I can convince my mind and give my heart a break.
Wow! What a letter!
You would be a very interesting person to know, personally.
The great challenge of life is this…
We think, therefore we are, right?
But, our minds only go so far, and no farther. In answer to questions, our minds generate more questions.
Contrary to the Scholastics and the Catholics and Protestants who enslave their minds too much to the Scholastics, we can’t prove that there is a God. The Scholastics “proofs” self-destruct.
So, the question – Is there a Maker there on the other side of the darkness? – remains.
If one talks to the darkness – “Maker, if you’re there, please talk to me!” – then faith will come. It really does.
But it’s a mystical answer. (Beware of discounting the mystical as such. The great challange of life is, Should I place my plight in the hands of the mystical, and of a conscience that only whispers “give, give”? Or, Should I place my plight in the hands of what I can feel – grabbing pleasure and avoiding pain, and flesh that only whispers “take, take”?)
If you want to see intellectual proof, you might enjoy dedicating yourself to understanding Bible typology.
I used to teach it in another website, and the 4 or 5 out of 300 who actually took the trouble to learn Bible typology agreed, “He’s right. There’s something amazing in the Bible, that *must * have been put there by a God., and *can’t * have been put there by mortal man.”