Sixth Annual Nevin Lectures

Reformational Catholicism in the Magic City

Peter Leithart, President of Theopolis Institute

When: February 22-23, 2019

Where: St. Paul Lutheran, Birmingham, AL.

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The Reformation isn’t over. But Protestantism is, or should be.

The kind of Protestantism that should end is the kind that exaggerates the distance from Roman Catholicism on every point of theology and practice; that is skeptical of Roman Catholics who say that they believe in salvation by grace; that doesn’t view Roman Catholics as Christians and won’t acknowledge the Roman Catholic Church as a church; the kind of Protestantism that mocks liturgical form and allegorical interpretation and ignores the pre-Reformation heritage of the church.

Protestantism ought to give way to Reformational catholicism. Like a Protestant, a Reformational catholic rejects papal claims, refuses to venerate the Host, and doesn’t pray to Mary or the saints; he insists that salvation is a sheer gift of God received by faith and confesses that all tradition must be judged by Scripture, the Spirit’s voice in the conversation that is the Church.

But Reformational Catholicism acknowledges Roman Catholics as brothers and the Catholic Church as a flawed but real church; it learns from the whole of the Christian tradition; its piety is liturgically formed and sacramentally centred.

Protestantism has had a good run. It remade Europe and made America. It inspired global missions, soup kitchens, church plants, and colleges in the four corners of the earth. But the world and the Church have changed, and Protestantism isn’t what the Church, including Protestants themselves, needs today. 

It’s time to turn the protest against Protestantism and to envision a new way of being heirs of the Reformation, a new way that happens to conform to the original Catholic vision of the Reformers.

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