I originally posted this question in the apologetics forum (cuz that’s where I normally hang out); I did not realize at the time that this forum existed (this is my first post in this space).
My original question was rather vague, and this probably accounts for the many well-intentioned but off-topic responses I received. So I would like to re-state that question and discuss it in this more appropriate space.
According to the Catholic Almanac, “The majority of US protestants belong to the following denominations: Baptist, Methodist, Lutheran, Presbyterian, Episcopal (PECUSA), United Church of Christ, the Disciples of Christ, Assemblies of God.”
I’m wondering what DISTINCTLY CHRISTIAN doctrines that Catholics share with EACH AND EVERY ONE of these denominations.
Several of these say the Apostles Creed, but the Baptists, for example (the largest protestant denomination in the US) distinctly disavow any sort of creed, so that doesn’t count. I’m trying to find doctrines that we have in common with EVERY ONE of these denominations.
I’m not considering things like prayer or matrimony or the Ten Commandments, because these are not DISTINCTLY CHRISTIAN.
Nor would I consider water Baptism such a doctrine, because the amount of common understanding is very small and superficial (I’m looking for common DOCTRINE, not similar outward rituals, and nobody could claim that Catholics and Baptists agree on baptismal DOCTRINE).
I could think of only a few doctrines that we have in common with our “mainline” separated brethren, namely:
*]We believe in a Triune God (Father, Son, Holy Spirit)
*]We believe in an afterlife / Heaven
*]Jesus was born of a Virgin who conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit
*]Jesus died for our sins on Calvary
Can anyone add to this list?