I’m an evangelical Protestant, who began reading a bunch of Patristic writings. As such, I’ve become convinced that Protestantism is false. I’m leaning heavily toward the Orthodox church, but wanted to take a look at Catholicism. So I have a series of questions.
- Do you see the modern Catholic church as acting substantially more ecumenical than it acted prior to 1800 AD? If so, why the shift in attitude?
Aren’t those religions, and non-Catholic Christians just as problematic now, as they were 500 years ago?
In example, I’ll cite the joint services with various other religions held in the Vatican.
- Do you think Catholicism embraced much of the liberal Protestant theological approach in the past 100 years?
In example, I’ll cite the historical-critical method, increased toleration of theological dissent in Catholic universities, and reducing the teaching of the speculative “limbo of the infants” theology.
If Catholicism has drawn a lot from liberal Protestantism, why? Aren’t Protestants greatly misled, and liberal Protestants most of all?
- How would you reconcile statements like this from the Catechism
[quote=Catholic Catechism, 1935]Every form of social or cultural discrimination in fundamental personal rights on the grounds of sex, race, color, social conditions, language, or religion must be curbed and eradicated as incompatible with God’s design.
With statements like this from the Bible:
[quote=Numbers 31:17-18 (KJV)] Now therefore kill every male among the little ones, and kill every woman that hath known man by lying with him. But all the women children, that have not known a man by lying with him, keep alive for yourselves.
[quote=Deuteronomy 13:6-9 (KJV)] If thy brother, the son of thy mother, or thy son, or thy daughter, or the wife of thy bosom, or thy friend, which is as thine own soul, entice thee secretly, saying, Let us go and serve other gods, which thou hast not known, thou, nor thy fathers; Namely, of the gods of the people which are round about you, nigh unto thee, or far off from thee, from the one end of the earth even unto the other end of the earth; Thou shalt not consent unto him, nor hearken unto him; neither shall thine eye pity him, neither shalt thou spare, neither shalt thou conceal him: But thou shalt surely kill him; thine hand shall be first upon him to put him to death, and afterwards the hand of all the people.
To me, it seems like the concern over “discrimination” is a modern phenomenon, and not present in Scripture (or even the USA prior to 1900). Do you disagree?