People sometimes ask me, “Do you still agree with what you wrote in the two books that you did on Roman Catholicism in the 1990s?” I think this is an excellent, yet provocative, question. I answer that I do believe almost all of what I wrote then, at least in all the major ways. I would write these two books very differently today but the essential content, at least in terms of where I differ with Catholic theology, would remain the same. I hope the way I would say it would be more mature and better stated in ways that are more irenic and helpful to unity
I am a Reformed Church in America minister. I embrace the major confessional tradition of the magisterial Reformers. Some accuse me of lying when I write such things but my accusers did not examine me before my Classis. They have never taken the proper measure of my beliefs in a sympathetic and helpfully critical way.I will say more about this later when I write about fallacies used in debate and argumentation.
What does not seem to add up for all of those who are so nervous about me is that I could have the friends I do, friends such as Nick Morgan in St. Louis. The interesting irony here is that Nick gets the same response I do from some Roman Catholics who wonder about him being so supportive of an evangelical Protestant minister like me.
This is all demonstrated in a moving letter that my good friend Nick Morgan wrote to me just before the beginning of 2009.
I hope you and your family have had an enjoyable and blessed holiday season! I received my copy of the new Viewpoint newsletter today. It is good to see it back.