[quote=mikworld]I don’t think I have the mental capacity to answer your question, nor posess the knowledge either! However, I am curious about your findings regarding scripture as the ultimate authority, as scripture in itself cannot be authoritative due to its need of interpretation.
I am hope I am clear that I do not except numbers 3 and 4 on this list. I just bring this up because it was stated that these belief are debatiable. If someone can provide text or references for what was believed about baptism and the Eucharist, the deposite of faith etc. The reason I ask this is that we as Catholics need to be rooted in history and so too our Protestant brother and sisters as well.
Also, most of the debates between Protestants and Catholics on this forum ultimately become circular with different people speaking past each other. One of the reason for this is that the groups are using different standards for determining the truth. On the one hand, Protestants will us their interpretation of Scriture as the ultimate authority, while looking at history through the filter of those interpretations. On the other hand, Catholics use the authority of the Church, the Scriptures, history, etc. So, what I purpose it that we use something that can be varifiable in both camps–history. Let’s see where the historical paper leads. We can also include beliefs on Mary and the Papact, as well.
What do you say?