Just ruminating on some things. When I have something coherent to put out there regarding what’s going on in my head, I’ll be here with bells on. In the meantime, due to a very generous reader and friend, I’m reading The Meaning of Tradition by Yves Congar and The Spirit And Forms of Protestantism by Louis Bouyer.
And I’m exploring a conservative Anglican church here in town. I think I want to visit. Part of me resists because it only plays into the “mutt” reputation I have when it comes to churches. But, I think I’d like to at least try and experience a more liturgical, historically rooted way of worship and I’m just not at a place where a Catholic church would be an honest option or make sense for me.
Lord, give me guidance, grant me wisdom.
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One of my favorite reads in the blogosphere, Michael Spencer (aka The Internet Monk) posted this quote in a post about Catholicism:
“I would rather have 20,000 “little popes” with their Bibles, all believing they can err and be corrected by scripture, rather than one pope who cannot err or be corrected by scripture.”
What I can’t figure out is why this is better. How does this solve the problem? These 20,000 Protestant popes all believe they hold the correct view of Scripture already. They are mostly seeking to correct the other 19,999, not be corrected. This still leaves us with a conundrum, that thus far I’m unable to figure out, which is: whose interpretation of Scripture are we to follow?
I mean, I’m sure we all agree that Truth is knowable and that God intended for us to know what it was. So how does having 20,000 little popes help things? Perhaps a fellow Protestant could explain why this should be comforting to me.
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