How to Answer Protestants Forum: Lutheranism VS Roman Catholicism
Lutheranism VS Roman Catholicism QUESTION from Jason on November 3, 2002 Sir -
The faith of my father is Lutheranism, and as such I feel somewhat of a tie to it. I was raised however in Japan, attending an parochial international school and most of my religious schooling was in that of Roman Catholicism. I have several questions of both faiths as I feel I am unsufficiently educated in either. Is there a resource available that objectively compares and contrasts the two?
ANSWER by Mr. Troy Martz on November 21, 2002 Dear Jason:
Thank you for your question and I praise your desire to find the Truth. Continue to seek and you will find.
The problem with such a comparison is that there is no monolithic Lutheranism with single teachings on each issue. Lutheranism is a broad spectrum of denominations with a wide range of beliefs. Besides, no comparison with any value can truly be objective -- each author will have strong feelings one way or another.
There is a book that I will recommend though. It is called There We Stood, Here We Stand: Eleven Lutherans Rediscover Their Catholic Roots by Timothy Drake and Richard John Neuhaus. These men are solid Catholics who come from Lutheran backgrounds and converted for theological/Scriptural reasons. Their experiences can shed considerable light on the issues that Lutherans and Catholics share in common as well as differ on.
Remember that acknowledging that you are insufficiently educated is the best first step to remedying that problem.
Pax Christi, Troy
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