There have been some very intense debates going on in this forum and they have been very interesting. But one issue that I have seen repeatively over looked is history.
The arguements with which all Protestants rely on DID NOT exists in the early Church. Protestant Christianity and especially Evangelical Protestantism was an innovation of the 16th century in everything except that which is held in common with both branches of the historical Church–Roman Catholicism and Eastern Orthodoxy.
Michael P, stated,
“That is the good thing about not being Catholic. I don’t have to start with assumptions and read back into history and Scripture. I don’t have to identify with any traditions. I just identify with the invisible body of Christ and the local chuch. Therefore, I can approach this much more unbiasedly than others.”
Not with standing that this is a huge claim, where is the evidence for such a claim? I would say that because I am a Catholic, and have access to history, and belong to the tradition that wrote it, I can approach the topic with a greater understanding and insight because I do not read into it my modern biases and theological innovations. I have the testemony of all those who have come before me–Church Fathers, Creeds, Councils and the Magistarium. The whole cloud of witnesses attest to the validity and authenticity of the Catholic Church.
So, I am asking all those who are not Roman Catholic or Eastern Orthodox to post historical evidence for your beliefs. Show us way we should buy into your system?
I hope I not being too plunt, but I need to be clear in my request or I feel I won’t get an adequate response.