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.