Thursday, May 18, 2017

wrestling with the Reformation's legacy

The Reformation (the 500th anniversary is this year!) was important-- and a big net plus, IMO-- but is often oversold.

Two examples: a.) Protestantism diminished marriage by moving it from sacramental status-- a loss to an institution that Protestants often claim to hold dear (and of course, in practice, we don't generally treat marriage with eminent regard); b.) (many) Protestants act like (stereotypical) Catholics in important regards-- to the extent that we see church leaders as those who 1.) do sacraments/church; 2.) share their (exclusive in practice) expertise on the Word; and 3.) serve as our implicit mediators with God.

Here, Leithart wrestles with the greater disunity and other challenges/opportunities that have followed.


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