St. Paul kidnapped
(02-06-2012, 11:35 PM)Tim Wrote: In the past I've seen Lutherans use Paul to explain Christ. I noted this as a specific problem with Protestants. It seemed to be a way around Peter.

The Protestant tendency to appeal to St. Paul ultimately goes all the way back to Luther and Calvin.  They read St. Paul's writings concerning grace, and concluded that the Church's teachings were incorrect.  Looking at the Reformation from a strictly theological standpoint (which is artificial), one could describe it as a disagreement over the proper context of St. Paul.  St. Paul focuses on the saving power of grace, and man's inability to obtain grace by his own works.  Because the Reformers took what we might call a minimalist or reductionist approach to scripture, they concluded that works have no role in salvation, other than to  manifest the existence of grace in a person.  The Church replied that St. Paul was often describing grace in general terms, and that a closer analysis of St. Paul reveals the distinctions between the the grace that predisposes a person to receive the Word and the grace that signifies friendship, or son-ship with the Lord.  However, because of the Protestant belief in private judgment, the Reformers rejected the traditional interpretation of St. Paul. 

The focus on St. Paul remains strong in the Evangelical churches, because they remain strongly bible based.  Without sacraments, Evangelicals also rely on St. Paul for the specific teachings on how to order the Christian life appropriately.  While Catholics tend to look  at avoiding sin as "doing good" (ie.not gorging at meals is a positive good), while Protestants tend to look at it passively, as a sign that grace exists in the person, the observed effect is the same for both:  Catholic and Protestant both refrain from gluttony. 

The more modern interpretations of Protestantism suffer from the same malady as their Catholic counterparts:  there is a strong desire to read St. Paul selectively, and to reinterpret him.  For example, from the ecumanists one hears very little about the word of God cleaving like a sword (Hebrews, 4:12) or the condemnation of the non believers, set forth at length in Romans.  There was a reason that the old mass did not dilute St. Paul with lengthy psalms and old testament readings and gave him his own side of the church.   

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St. Paul kidnapped - by onosurf - 02-06-2012, 10:19 PM
Re: St. Paul kidnapped - by drummerboy - 02-06-2012, 11:08 PM
Re: St. Paul kidnapped - by tmw89 - 02-06-2012, 11:26 PM
Re: St. Paul kidnapped - by Tim - 02-06-2012, 11:35 PM
Re: St. Paul kidnapped - by onosurf - 02-06-2012, 11:56 PM
Re: St. Paul kidnapped - by Historian - 02-07-2012, 12:06 AM
Re: St. Paul kidnapped - by onosurf - 02-07-2012, 12:32 AM
Re: St. Paul kidnapped - by Warrenton - 02-07-2012, 02:21 PM
Re: St. Paul kidnapped - by Historian - 02-07-2012, 05:19 PM

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