In order to help you all become better presenters of your faith, I thought you might appreciate some constructive feedback and suggestions from the other side of the fence:D
So I am compiling a list themes that I have heard from y’all that really detract from what you are trying to say (at least from my perspective). So…one at a time
(1) Over use of the term Protestant.
OK. I can understand a simple term to denote the 6,743,982:) branches of Christianity that are not Catholic or Orthodox. I can understand Protestant has a common definition of those branches of Christianity that can trace their roots to the historical event known as the reformation. (Now 400 years later, most of us aren’t protesting anything…from our point of view the local Catholic church is not logically different than the local Lutheran church that we don’t attend but aren’t protesting. I wish there were another term, bt for now I guess we are stuck with the term Protestant I suppose).
But “Protestantism”?? What in the wild world of sports is “Protestantism”. “Protestant” is just a term of convenience of denominations that are not Catholic or Orthodox. None of us belong to the “First Protestant Church of…” There is no unifying creed that any of our churches have to sign off on to receive the label of Protestant. Given these realities, there is no such entity as Protestantism unless it means “anything that is Christian but not Catholic or Orthodox”. Not very descriptive is it.
Oh…and one more thing. I realize there is 2,568,923 denominations of Protestant that you have to keep tabs of…and I can understand that can be very daunting at times…but here are a couple of suggestions for starters. First, try to avoid the fallacy of allness. That would be ascribing to all Protestants the characteristics of a few. Particularly when those few are a little wacky (given the millions of denominations out there, there are bound to be some wackos). Second, when the affiliation or even theological bent is known, it is more accurate to use these affiliation. Terms like Baptist, Lutheran, Evangelical, Wesleyan, Calvinist…etc are more accurate than Protestant. Protestant tells me nothing other than not Catholic or Orthodox.
An example is a statement I just found in another thread. I see this type of stull “all the time”
Every Protestant denom and every Protestant claims infallibility
Oh really. Like I believe the author of this statement is familiar with the all 4,589,234 to make such a blanket statement.
BTW. I don’t know of one that claims they are incapable of being incorrect. I know of many that believe they are correct. Believing you are correct is not logically the same as believing you are incapable of being incorrect.