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Hi, currently as of late, I am writing a Catholic young adult novel. The chapter that I am on entails a apologetics type debate between two different groups of youth: a combined section of Roman and Eastern Rite Catholics on one group, and a combined section of different kinds of Protestant groups on the the other. The Protestant groups I have in mind are evangelical Baptist, Calvinists, Methodists, Presbyterians, Anglicans, to name a couple right off the bat.
To cut to the chase, my question is for the sake of this debate within my novel, and in the context of the debate within the chapter, what sort of questions should the Protestant youth raise to the Catholic youth?
So far, the topics that the within this chapter of my novel have raised are: the justification of the Catholic veneration of Mary and the Saints; the Catholic practice of having statues of the Saints and Mary contradict the Protestant belief regarding not making ‘any graven image’; the Catholic beliefs regarding purgatory; and the legitimacy of the Magisterium, or the teaching authority of the Catholic Church.
I should also note that I am also planning to have the character discuss about the seven Sacraments, especially, Holy Orders. The justification of the Catholic priesthood’s practice of celibacy. The Catholic view regarding salvation, particularly the concept of Original Sin. Transubstantiation, the process of turning bread and wine into the body and blood of Christ.
Is there anything else that I should also add to this debate I am trying to depict within my novel, something to make the story more interesting and fair?
Likewise, I’m open to any and all suggestions to anyone who is either a Catholic or a Protestant.
And many thanks to any who had taken the time to look into my question. Your answers will be appreciated.