Thus, sincerely speaking, I really do not see what the difficulty is, and should like it set down distinctly in words.
And therein lies the problem with the westernization of Christianity.
posted on 08/06/2002 3:36:45 PM PDT
The New Testament consists of teaching tools (the gospels), a history (The Acts of the Apostles), letters of correction and instruction (such as Paul's Epistles), and what some consider a symbolic condemnation of the Roman Emperor Nero (Revelation). It was assembled to serve a church that was already functioning and growing. The original gospel tradition was oral. There is evidence that the Apostles and ealry Christian doctors promulgated doctrine before the bible was compiled. In short, the Bible wasn't meant to be a teaching manual the way catechisms are, so your complaint isn't justifyable.
So back to post 18. What are your refutations in regard to Newman's assertions?
posted on 08/06/2002 3:52:16 PM PDT
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