Against the bizarro syllogism for going Roman Catholic

I am reading stuff in the blogosphere that I would think that I made up in order to mock Roman Catholics, except that I didn’t do it, being promoted by Roman Catholics as great reasoning.

So, for anyone cares what this Protestant thinks…

You are not impressing anyone when you claim that you don’t have the ability to read the Bible for itself but you do have the ability to study all of Christian history and identify the supernatural office that can tell you what to think.

OK, you are impressing a bunch of Roman Catholic apologists.  Way to go.

If you can really read and argue from history in the hope of persuading others, then why not simply argue for your views from Scripture?  If you aren’t following your own authority in deciding which church to submit to then how are you following your own authority when you read the Bible and believe what it says? If you are willing to argue over the meaning of the last papal writings, why not argue over the meaning of Scripture?

Frankly, I’m sympathetic when people get fed up with their churches. Paul did all the time. But he never threw them away.  And these weird self-defeating rationalizations for jumping into the RC church as the only possible place to go seem awfully close to doing just that.

And, while I’m not Eastern Orthodox, pretending you can dispense with their claims in two sentences and prove that we should all submit to the Pope is rather breathtaking. I don’t see any reasoning in Jack Chick tracts that is really any more shallow than that.

1 thought on “Against the bizarro syllogism for going Roman Catholic

  1. Perry Robinson

    Mark,

    “And, while I’m not Eastern Orthodox, pretending you can dispense with their claims in two sentences and prove that we should all submit to the Pope is rather breathtaking.”

    As well as Protestants keep that in mind when they propose to dispense with Orthodox claims contra Protestantism in a few sentences.

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