Monday, May 04, 2009

Have Questions About or Issues With Development of Doctrine?

We're putting together a new podcast at Called to Communion and with this one, and future podcasts, we'd like to start fielding some questions from readers and listeners. The upcoming topic will touch on Development of Doctrine and also the relationship of Faith in the Catholic Church to reason and scriptural interpretation. Questions can be anonymous if you'd like. Send email with your question and your first name & city to - timatroutman#gmail*com Where # = @ and * = .

We'd especially love to hear from Protestants or Eastern Orthodox.



3 comments:

Rene'e said...

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Faithful Witness said...

Hello,

It seems very troubling to me that there is a trend arising in this country where protestants are converting to Rome. I understand you are one such convert, and from the Presb. USA no less. Tell me, how do you reconcile the clear teaching of scripture so far as the gospel with the convoluted works-righteousness of Rome? I mean no offense, I honestly would like to know.
I am a Calvanist. Actually a reformed evangelical baptist to be exact. Those in my tradition hold fiercly to the gospel of grace, and forsaking such a treasure would be unthinkable. Was this a difficult decision for you?

Tim A. Troutman said...

Faithful - hi thanks for stopping by. I can understand and appreciate that it concerns you that so many Protestants are converting to Rome. I would have been very troubled myself. I was PCA, not PC USA though, PCA is much more conservative.

Tell me, how do you reconcile the clear teaching of scripture so far as the gospel with the convoluted works-righteousness of Rome?Can you cite a specific Roman doctrine that you're thinking of? (I mean not hearsay - something authoritative) and I'll tell you how I think it can be reconciled with Scripture. If you're thinking that Rome teaches that we earn our way into salvation - she doesn't.

Those in my tradition hold fiercly to the gospel of grace, and forsaking such a treasure would be unthinkable.It would be unthinkable for me as well. I did not have to forsake the gospel of grace because the Catholic Church teaches salvation by grace. You might find Sean Patrick's recent post on that topic helpful: here.

If you start to honestly study Catholicism, you'll find a lot of what you think we believe is not actually what we believe.