Catholics aren’t Christian? Huh?

This was conversation was overheard a couple of days ago: “I’m go to
Baptist Church. Are you a Christian?” “I’m Catholic.” “Oh, so you’re not a Christian then.”

This puzzled me. Partly because I come from an area of the country where pretty much everyone is either Catholic or Lutheran, and partly because I have been through a Unitarian Universalist class on the history of our denomination.

I am no expert on Christian history, but it seems to me that far too many people are missing the picture of what happened over the last 2000 years. The Christian faith can be looked at as a tree, with various branches popping out along the way. I’m not sure where the Greek and Russian Orthodox popped out, but I know my own church broke away at Nicea. Then a bunch more went after the Reformation.

Perhaps if more people understood this tree of their religion, they would understand that not only are Catholics Christians, but that the Protestant religions sprung from the Catholic. And they didn’t separate because the Catholics weren’t Christians.

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2 thoughts on “Catholics aren’t Christian? Huh?

  1. Every time there was a council, a reformation or a split it was because some group did not feel that another group was following Christ.

    It didn’t just happen after the first century. Even in the Bible, we find plenty of examples of “wolves in sheeps clothing” creeping in to 1st century churches (good, short example is Jude).

    Many times, you also saw the intermingling of Paganistic practices from the culture working their way into, and being adopted by, the eary church (1, 2 and 3 centuries).

    I have a great “high level” college text that described this. I found it very interesting (actually it describes a lot of the how we got here). Also, I really enjoyed the movie Luthor, which is great view of why the Reformationist rebelled against the Catholic Church.

    C

  2. Have to agree with you. As a member of the United Methodist Church, we recognize the Holy Catholic Church; not, mind you, the “Roman” Catholic Church.

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