This Thursday, September 3, a special "Catholic AND Evangelical?" presentation by Dr. Francis Beckwith and Dr. Timothy George will occur in Wheaton (IL) at 7:00 p. m. I plan to be present and invite any of you from the Chicago area to join me.
"Exploring Christian Identity: Can You Be Catholic and Evangelical?" will be hosted by the Center for Applied Christian Ethics and The Penner Foundation. The event begins at 7 p.m. and ends at 9 p.m. It will be at Edman Chapel on the Wheaton College campus.
This event will be moderated by my good friend Rev. Chris Castaldo of College Church in Wheaton. You can see more details at Chris's Facebook account.
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If I lived in the Chicagoland area I would certainly be there.
Sounds like a great event. I would be there if I could! God bless.
A video of the Sept. 3rd presentation can be found here (~2 hrs):
Hi Rick and all,
Thanks Rick, I loved the dialogue and discussion between Dr. George and Dr. Beckwith. I probably resonated more with Dr. Beckwith even though I have major concerns concerning the implications of infused grace and the Magisterium as Dr. George does.
Since I believe Catholic history is “our history,” it does concern me to think about issues on why stay Protestant and do those reasons out weigh staying in schism?
Of course we all are born into a very different world and theological traditions and how we work that out will be different than how many of our forefathers of the faith did no matter which side of the divide we happen to find ourselves on.
I will say I struggle with Dr. George’s last point even though I get the force of his argument. He says bluntly, “We have good reasons for our exclusivisms.” I want to answer that guestion ‘Yes and No’.
Yes where there are real division that should separate us. No for those where the differences are more fictions than real. There are some Protestants who habits and theology is very Catholic and some Catholics who are very Protestant. Let’s not think at least in monolithic terms like all Catholics believe one way about important theological issues and all Protestants believe another. There may be a small middle group that really does not have to be the excluded middle as Dr. Timothy George seems to imply?