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Protestantism for Catholics

In my book "Catholicism for Protestants" I attempted to help Protestants better understand the Catholic Church and Catholic teaching by answering common questions Protestants ask. In this article I will attempt to help Catholics better understand Protestantism by giving a brief overview.

The above timeline chart can look intimidating at first glance, and while it is a useful reference, it's not all that important that it be memorised. It's more for reference sake to help the reader understand where the various Protestant movements began and how they eventually formed the various denominations within Protestantism today.  The most important thing Catholics should understand about Protestantism is that it's not a monolith. There are currently thousands of Protestant denominations, affiliations and sects. Open up any phone book and you're sure to spot dozens of them right there in your own town.  However, what is also important to understand about Protestants i…

Rebirth of the Russian Empire

Throughout the 1990s, South Ossetians aggressively pushed for independence from the Republic of Georgia, ultimately seeking reunification with North Ossetia in Russia.  Then on the 12th of November in 2006, South Ossetia held a referendum which resulted in an overwhelming "yes" vote for independence from Georgia. In response both the Republic of Georgia, and the international community in the West, ignored the voting results. Why? Because a fairly large oil pipeline ran through the region of South Ossetia and the United States was courting Georgia with NATO membership in exchange for access to that pipeline. Then in August of 2008 Russian forces responded to military clashes between Georgia and South Ossetians in what came to be called the Russo-Georgian War. Most Americans were oblivious to the circumstances leading up to the conflict which led to the common (albeit false) perception that Russia simply invaded Georgia and took a section of their territory against the will …

Evangelical in the Ozarks

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The title of this blog is "Catholic in the Ozarks," but one of the reasons why I think that's an interesting title is because the Ozark Mountains are heavily populated with Evangelicals.  Evangelicalism is a form of Protestant Christianity that focuses primarily on the message of the Gospel as understood according to classical Protestant theology. It places less emphasis on tradition and structure, with more emphasis on personal study and experience. Evangelicals include many different denominations -- Baptists, Pentecostals, Assemblies of God, Church of Christ, Church of the Nazarene, Christian churches, Calvary Chapels, Vineyard churches, nondenominational churches, etc., and those who simply identify themselves as "Bible Christians" or "Born-Again Christians."

Now one of the reasons why my family moved to the Ozarks about 20 years ago is because Evangelicalism in this area has provided some insulation from t…

John Hagee & Anti-Catholicism

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views as expressed in this 2012 Letter.
Anti-Catholicism is nothing new. It began in the Western world during the Protestant Reformation.  Martin Luther was the first to foment this terrible ideology with his claims that the pope is the Antichrist, and the Catholic Church is the "Mystery Babylon" written of in the Book of Revelation. Luther had nothing to back this claim, other than his own ideology, but it served a purpose. It frightened the bejeebers out of German Catholics who quickly converted to Luther's form of Christianity for fear of being associated with the Antichrist. It also justified the theft of Catholic properties by German princes as well as the persecution of Catholic political enemies. It was very useful propaganda you see.

Quickly Luther's papal-antichrist cabal was picked up by other Protestant "reformers." Nowhere was this bogeyman fro…

The End of Christian America

April 7, 2014 may now be remembered as the date in which Christians began to lose their freedom of religion in the United States....
( — The U.S. Supreme Court Monday has declined to hear Elane Photography v. Willock, the case of a photographer who was told by the New Mexico Supreme Court that she must, as “the price of citizenship,” use her creative talents to communicate a message with which she disagrees or suffer punishment.... ....“Americans oppose unjust laws that strong-arm citizens to express ideas against their will,” added Senior Counsel David Cortman. “Elaine and numerous others like her around the country have been more than willing to serve any and all customers, but they are not willing to promote any and all messages. A government that forces any American to create a message contrary to her own convictions is a government every American should fear.” read more hereIt's not over mind you, a few similar cases are still pending, but this is a very omino…