Everyday, religious writers provide material fun to write about.
Today I found a post-Christmas gift. It is an article by a Catholic writer skewering Protestants. In doing so, he skewers himself.
The writer reviewed two books which criticize Protestantism. Both books correctly point out that beginning with Luther himself, there has been nonstop splitting of Protestant denominations.
The Catholic argument made against Protestantism is the latter gave individuals the option of figuring stuff out for themselves. This, in turn, gave people the power to decide on no faith at all. Thus, Protestantism established atheism and agnosticism as legitimate outcomes.
The Catholic Church, the author, and the authors of the books he reviewed, decided arbitrarily for themselves what constitutes important divergence in beliefs. Typical of the Catholic hierarchy, there are two issues used to measure unity or divergence, abortion and marriage. From the Catholic point of view agreement on these two issues are the only legitimate ways to measure whether groups have unity or not. Thus, latitude taken by humans guides much of Catholicism, too.
The Christian faith is made up of a series of beliefs placed before the public by ancient writers who had a vested interest using them to control people. Faiths around the world are made up of people, or their descendants, who had the faith imposed upon them.
That there are so many official versions of the Protestantism, and so many unofficial non conforming views among Catholics, is evidence to the skeptic none of it should be taken too seriously.
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