4 Responses to “Kapitel Vier: In which I get as far east as Canterbury”

  1. 1 Teague 8 May 2012 at 1:12 am

    Regarding “non-sectarian” Christians: You probably give too much credit when you say there is “a reluctance to talk about theological detail.” This assumes the theological detail is even known or appreciated. My experience is that it isn’t known much of the time. Quite a few people I have met over the years were unaware of the differences between Protestants & Catholics (other than some vague notions about Mary & the Pope). On the flip-side, I think it’s possible to understand theological details that people differ over & to appreciate more than one position, even if you feel personally convicted about one or the other. For instance, I understand why Western & Eastern Christians differed about the date of Easter. But I appreciate the logic of both positions so this disagreement is unimportant to me. On another front, a favorite book of mine is “Life of Christ” by Catholic Bishop Fulton Sheen. I lent it to a friend who refused to read it simply because the book was dedicated to Mary. Now, I don’t venerate Mary but I certainly don’t understand chucking such a spiritually rich book because of the dedication. Anyway, to me, scripture allows for differing convictions within the church on many issues. Too often, however, we confuse our convictions with the “gospel Truth,” & this is where many, if not most, of our divisions occur.

  2. 2 Ole Kern 8 May 2012 at 1:25 pm

    No need to apologize – we’re just glad to read the next installment.

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