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Rebuilding a Lost Faith Paperback – January 24, 2003
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He states, "All scientists agree that MATTER is indestructible... But if dull, senseless matter thus persists, is it unreasonable to suppose that what is spiritual is also indestructible? Or course God can by His omnipotence annihilate the soul, but is it likely that He should desire to exterminate the spiritual life which He called into being?... does it seem consonant with the wisdom of Almighty God that, after innumerable years of preparation, He will let the race die out, without fulfilling somewhere the potentialities which are inherent in it?" (Pg. 74)
Or Protestantism, he asserts, "consider the effect ... produced by the sight of so many little struggling and frequently hostile denominations, all claiming to be Christians. Such a spectacle does not tend to make thoughtful people wish to join any of them. It affords perhaps a striking illustration of individual Christian 'liberty,' but it does not correspond to the idea of the Church founded and outlined by Our Saviour. It is religious individualism run mad... How deplorable must the condition of some Protestant churches in America be, when advocates like Billy Sunday have to be resorted to, to keep them from dissolving! Such mournful eccentricities as these in the Christian life betray a state of spiritual desolation. A church replete with religious faith and true religious zeal would never tolerate them... it is evident that most of those who assemble in the prominent Protestant churches of American cities are well-dressed, prosperous members of the community. Poor, plainly clad people are less often seen there... any such equality before God, as is continually seen in Catholic churches, is never observed in Protestant congregations. It is also evident that in America the great majority of worshippers in Catholic churches are from the poorer classes... Protestant churches are too often social institutions with religious names, whose members are to a great extent composed of the rich and 'respectable' people of the place." (Pg. 158-159, 161, 162-163, 164)
He argues, "When Calvin burned Servetus because of his views about the doctrine of the Trinity, the cruel deed was applauded by almost all European Protestants, including Melancthon and Bullinger. Hence, whatever may be said of Catholic persecution, the spirit of Protestantism in this respect was just as intolerant." (Pg. 281)
This book will be of most interest to "traditional" Catholics (which is why it has been reprinted by TAN books), but will also interest anyone who likes religious biographies.