Catholic and Protestant: What’s the difference?

Clearly something had Luther ticked off in 1517, and while he is noted for being somewhat fiery, it doesn’t make sense that he was willing to die for something miniscule. So why the Protestant reformation, and why the enduring split between the Roman Catholic and Protestant Church?  In this next series of posts, I’m hoping to address some of the most common questions about the differences between the two. That does mean I’m assuming that some difference does exist. The other burning question will be how important are these differences and is the split, almost militantly vocalized by some on both sides, necessary? Basically it seems to me that many in my background, a good sized Baptist church with lots of history, have some misconceptions when it comes to the Catholic Church. Currently, I’m inclined to believe that Roman Catholics are indeed part of Christendom, and that the differences are mainly to do  with non essentials. Some of the first posts on this topic I expect will be basic comparison between the Catechism of the Catholic Church and a protestant catechism (TBA). Seems like a good place to start. I’m really interested in this topic and certain trends in Christian scholarship like the “New Perspective on Paul” are making it a pressing issue.


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