Book Review: The Church According to Paul (Thompson)

The Christian church is facing a crisis. It is losing face, hemorrhaging influence in the public sphere of Western civilization, churches are declining in membership, and increasing swaths of people are not longer interested in what Christianity has to offer. This apparent decline is not a new trend to be sure—and stems, at least inContinue reading “Book Review: The Church According to Paul (Thompson)”

PRV2: Conclusions

This is the final post is our series examining Protestant Reactions to Vatican II. Having examined Protestant reactions to the Roman Catholic conceptions of Divine Revelation and the Church, Non-Catholic Churches, the Priesthood, the Liturgy, and Religious Freedom, what may we conclude? As noted before, the initial reactions of many Protestants to the Second VaticanContinue reading “PRV2: Conclusions”

PRV2: Other Issues

This post is part of our ongoing series examining Protestant Reactions to Vatican II. While we cannot consider every facet of the Second Vatican Council that Protestant scholars have engaged, there are three remaining issues worthy of briefly considering here: reactions to Vatican II’s position on the Priesthood, the Liturgy, and Religious Freedom. It isContinue reading “PRV2: Other Issues”

PRV2: Protestant-Catholic Dialogue

This post is part of our ongoing series examining Protestant Reactions to Vatican II. Another facet of the Second Vatican Council that has garnered a variety of responses from Protestant Christians involves those documents discussing the relationship between the Roman Catholic Church and other Christian Churches. While not universally affirmed, the general perspective of ProtestantContinue reading “PRV2: Protestant-Catholic Dialogue”

PRV2: Divine Revelation and the Church

This post is part of our ongoing series examining Protestant Reactions to Vatican II. Dei verbum and Lumen gentium, the constitutions on Divine Revelation and the Church, respectively, remain two of the most discussed documents among Protestants responding to Vatican II. Historically such interest follows from the concerns of the Protestant Reformation, where early reformersContinue reading “PRV2: Divine Revelation and the Church”

PRV2: General Responses

This post is part of our ongoing series examining Protestant Reactions to Vatican II. Having briefly noted a history of the council and some of the historical and methodological problems associated with this study, we may now turn to the Protestant reactions to the Second Vatican Council. Here we examine several areas of engagement: BroadContinue reading “PRV2: General Responses”

PRV2: Conciliar Context

This post is part of our ongoing series examining Protestant Reactions to Vatican II. Before examining any specific reactions to Vatican II, we must negotiate several historical and methodological problems. The first is the issue of historical placement. Though nearly fifty years removed from the closing of the council, the chronological proximity of this studyContinue reading “PRV2: Conciliar Context”

Protestant Reactions to Vatican II: Introduction

Over the next two weeks, Pursuing Veritas will be offering an overview of Protestant Reactions to the Second Vatican Council of the Roman Catholic Church.  This series is presented with at least one major caveat: Not every Protestant reaction to Vatican II has been examined — indeed, many of the most “interesting” were omitted dueContinue reading “Protestant Reactions to Vatican II: Introduction”

Book Review: Catholic Bible Dictionary (Ed. Hahn)

In an age of competing “internet histories” and lists of “ten things you need to know about this”, where the first page of Google and a Wikipedia entry are often marshaled as appropriate evidence for engaging important issues, access to serious resources serves an important role in properly understanding and interpreting our world. This isContinue reading “Book Review: Catholic Bible Dictionary (Ed. Hahn)”

Radical Reformers

Though hardly an accurate representation of the varieties and differences among the plethora of multiform reformation theologies and practices at work in Europe during the 16th century, the term “Radical Reformation” has long been used as a ‘catch-all’ phrase describing non-magisterial reformers such as Conrad Grebel, Michael Sattler, and Pilgrim Marpeck. In this paper weContinue reading “Radical Reformers”