In a context of confusion and flashy journalism, rigour becomes a precious value.
A book review of Hans Boersma’s two volumes on the topic.
The historical record of proselytism carried out by Christians is tragically marred with all kinds of manipolative and violent means.
The “creative” way of redefining historical heresies for the sake of present-day quarrels could be used against Francis.
The idea that all people are children of God means that all people will ultimately be saved, thus blurring the distinction between nature and grace, between being a created person and being a saved person.
Seven bishops ask the Vatican to stop what they believe is a “banalisation” of the Eucharist. Evangelicals see the decision of the Episcopal conference as a part of an ecumenical strategy.
Five years ago, Jorge Mario Bergoglio was elected Pope Francis.
Mariology is a testcase that provides an opportunity to see to what extent the Trinity and Christology belong to the shared faith.
There is no sign of a massive turn of evangelicals to Roman Catholicism. Nonetheless, what is happening is worth investigating.
The recent papal journey to Myanmar and Bangladesh provides an entry point into the applied missiology of the Pope.
The one who is supposed to guard the Roman Catholic deposit of faith is charged with allegations of introducing confusion, if not heresy.
The key question is whether Catholicism can consider popular Protestantism as God´s work. It is the same question that many traditional Protestant denominations also ask themselves.
On the surface, the Pope’s comments on justification seem to be very biblical and indeed very Protestant.
The World Evangelical Alliance and the Vatican issue a joint document on ‘Scripture and Tradition’ and ‘the Church in Salvation’.
Modern Catholicism is “a synthesis of medieval essentialism and modern existentialism”, the Dutch philosopher and theologian Cornelius Van Til said.
For the Catholic Church, “by grace alone” means that grace is intrinsically, constitutionally, and necessarily linked to the sacrament, and thus to the Church that administers it.
This request shows that when the Pope talked about all religious people being “children of God” he did not simply mean members of the human family.
The word “evangelization” is used across the spectrum of the Christian world. The question is: What is the meaning of it? How is it defined? What does it refer to?
The Holy Spirit is neither present nor active in a mission in which sin and the cross of Christ are absent.
Pope Francis focuses on the primacy of conscience rather than the prescriptive nature of law.
The traditional theological structure was geared to give Yes or No answers. The post-Vatican II structure is more inclined to suggest Both-And types of answer on all kinds of issues.
A stamp to commemorate Cardinal Cisneros will be issued. Evangelicals had proposed a stamp on the first Spanish Bible translation, but it was denied.
What the Pope has in mind is an altogether different kind of reformation, i.e. a reformation that will make his church more catholic and more Roman, doubtfully more evangelical.
Protestants find it difficult to come to terms with this Marian dogma. This is due to not finding even a hint of evidence for this belief in the Bible.
With Pope Francis the Roman Catholic Church is simply becoming more “catholic”, i.e. embracing and absorbing all, without losing its being “Roman”.
In assessing the ecumenical scene, the risk of looking at Lund without being aware of what happens in Rome is real.