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Evangelicals and Catholics Together: Toward a Common Mission Paperback – September 24, 1995
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About the Author
Chuck Colson was a popular and widely known author, speaker, and radio commentator. A former presidential aide to Richard Nixon and founder of the international ministry Prison Fellowship, he wrote several books that have shaped Christian thinking on a variety of subjects, including Born Again, Loving God, How Now Shall We Live?, The Good Life, and The Faith. His radio broadcast, BreakPoint, at one point aired to two million listeners. Chuck Colson donated all of his royalties, awards, and speaking fees to Prison Fellowship Ministries.
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The reason I started out with that paragraph, is that this is the attitude the contributors to this book take. The Protestant contributors (Mark Noll, J.I. Packer, Charles Colson) do not wish to become Catholic. Nor do the Catholic contributors (Avery Dulles, George Wiegel) wish to become Protestant. What they do wish to do is come together in unity, especially in para-church organizations.
So the basic message of this book is, that while firmly recognizing the points on which protestants and Catholics disagree, as worshippers of the Triune God we need to be unified in today's post-Christian society, and to have meaningful discussions about our beliefs. I really enjoyed this book because of the conrtibutors' willingness to strive for peace and unity, while still holding to doctrinal truth.
Of note, the complete "Evangelicals and Catholics Together" statement is included, as well as the list of people who signed the statement (which includes famous men such as Pat Roberston, R.C. Sproul, Thomas Oden, and Bill Bright)
Colson notes in his essay, "This new ecumenism bears no relationship to liberal ecumenism, which seeks unity by disregarding doctrinal differences. Conservative evangelicals and Catholics understand and maintain the distinctives of their respective traditions." (Pg. 2) Weigel suggests, "a reframing of the abortion debate... ought to be high on the list of works to be undertaken by evangelicals and Catholics, together." (Pg. 66)
J.I. Packer notes, "Over and above objections to Church infallibility as such... Roman teaching obscures the gospel and indeed distorts it in a tragically antispiritual and unpastoral manner, in at least three ways. First, the doctrines of transubstantiation and the Mass-sacrifice ...Read more ›
I recently saw a movie called "Street Kings" in which the main character, a policeman, actually committed murder. So, was he thrown in jail? Of course not. His fellow police were no better--rapists, thieves, blackmailers and murderers--they were happy to have him in their corner. Just imagine the influence of that movie on teenagers.
The other experience was more personal. A young woman I know, who is only 27, was diagnosed with cervical cancer, most likely caused by the STD she has. The same young woman, who came from a good family, by the way, has an illegitimate son by a boyfriend who has now moved on. Her life is so tragic, and so impossible to imagine in the 1950's or earlier.
Things must change. That's why I find it discouraging that this well written and compelling book is now out of print. Hey somebody, please reissue!
I am a Catholic, and I fully support the idea of Evangelicals and Catholics working together. The numbers of Evangelicals and Catholics combined should be enough to overcome the opposition.
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First, some background. In the late 1970s, influential Evangelical gadfly, Francis Schaeffer, spurred on American pastors to enter the political arena in order to "reclaim... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Tom
My disclaimer must be offered: I did not read the whole book. However, it's agenda was painfully clear from the outset. Read morePublished on February 22, 2014 by Christie Billups, D.Min.
Great book and excellent customer service! It's a book EVERY Christian, Catholic and Protestant-Evangelical, needs to read.
Thank you! Keep up the good work.