So I am minding my own business on another thread, when I get an e-mail from someone (we’ll call him “Joe”). It reads (in its entirty):
Why in the world do you need three creeds? Isn’t one enough? See this is my problem with Lutheranism. Not content to follow one religion or reform it from within such as Teresa of Avila di- you see, she was a reformer- she had the Pope’s ear, while Luther alienated the man and Lutherans have been alienating Catholics ever since- Not content to follow one church, one religion , one man, one God, but many. Why? Then Lutheranism, while professing one god, the father almighty, maker of heaven and earth in all THREE CREEDS denies God is powerful enough to speak infallibly through one man. It is mind boggling. Lutheranism is a great mystery to me.
Upon closer inspection, I noted that I had sent someone else (Catholic) an e-mail in which I pointed out that Lutherans and Catholics both subscribe to the same three ecumenical creeds; she forwarded it to Joe, and Joe sent me the message above.
I replied that the three creeds (Apostles, Nicene, Athenasian) are not “Lutheran” at all; that they predated the Lutheran Church by over 1000 years; that the Catholic Church subscribes to, and uses, the same three creeds. I quoted both the Vatican web site and Catholic Encyclopedia Online.
Is this attitude about the three creeds typical among Catholics?