Wednesday, March 29, 2006

A Protestant Scholar Asks: Is the Reformation Over?

Yesterday I posted on the extraordinary ways Catholics and Protestants are coming together. Now there's this...

Renowned Protestant scholar Scot McKnight asks, "Is the Reformation over?" He even mentions the founder of the Saint Paul Center, saying, "if the 15th Century Roman Catholics had been like Scott [Hahn] there would never had been a Reformation." He describes the need for a purple theology generation, in which Catholics and Protestants open themselves up to listening to one another like never before.

Here's more of what he said:

"There is always one sola many have forgotten: Is there a time for the post-Reformation folks to admit that they forgot the sola ecclesiam (the church alone)?

My friend, Scott Hahn, a well-known former evangelical and now leading Catholic voice at Franciscan University in Steubenville, OH, and I were once discussing matters not unlike this one when I said to him that if the 15th Century Roman Catholics had been like Scott there would never had been a Reformation. He chuckled. I’ve been on the same page of faith, etc., with some other Roman Catholics over the years, like my former students Tom Scheck and David Palm and Vaughn Treco — and I could name some more.

Post-Reformation Protestant evangelicals don’t quite have the relationship to the Easterns as they do the Catholics, mostly I guess because of their not being quite so numerous in our neck of the woods, but time and time again I’ve come into contact with Orthodox ideas and I say to myself that those Cappadocian fathers carved out the orthodoxy that we all believe.

And now with Alan Jacobs saying what he said in First Things I wonder...

Here’s what I wonder: Is it not the case that most of us really do anchor our faith in the orthodox statements of faith (Nicea, etc)? Is it not the rise of trinitarian theology at the end of the 20th Century that has provoked so many invigorating perspectives on theology? And do we not have so much to learn from one another?"

Read his entire post here.


Anonymous said...

Thought-provoking, and an effective reply to my commment on the "First Catholic Lecturer at Cambridge article...". The implications would certainly seem to be quite significant.

Anonymous said...

how about some BIGGER font?