How are your new year’s resolutions coming along? This is typically when they start to drop off.
You’ll recall that one of my resolutions this year is to work to convert someone to Catholicism. I’m happy to announce that I am still at it (I expect this will take quite a while actually).
It’s said that if you want to persuade someone to your way of thinking, it helps to understand them. Well, actually, it has to do with knowing your enemy in the Art of War, but I figure it’s just as important with persuasion.
Many non-Catholics are Protestant. I even grew up with one.
I remember as a child asking my Mom what religion my Dad was and being told, “He’s a Protestant.” I didn’t understand at the time what that meant.
And as a cradle Catholic, I never learned much about the teachings of the different Protestant denominations.
This week’s issue of Genuflect looks at Protestantism, its origins, how it differs from Catholicism in its teachings in areas like the 10 Commandments, salvation, the Bible, original sin, Mary, and divorce.
So whether you’re trying to convert someone to the Catholic Church like I am … or if you’d like to be better prepared for an unexpected evangelization opportunity, hopefully you’ll learn something new. And if you’re a Protestant convert to Catholicism, I’d love to hear your perspective … hit reply and let me know why you were drawn to Catholicism.
Founding Editor, Genuflect
To understand Protestants, we need to go back to the beginning. Here’s a concise look at how Protestantism began, how Protestants differ from Catholics, and the five distinct tenants that evolved.
What is The Definition of Protestantism? | Learn Religions
Did you know the 10 Commandments are different for Protestants and Catholics? Well, except for Lutherans who follow the Catholic Commandments. Here’s how they differ and why.
Comparing The Ten Commandments | Learn Religions
Do All Souls go to Heaven?
The question arises whether Protestants go to heaven. And what about Catholics who have fallen away from the Church and turned to Protestantism?
Salvation for Protestants | Catholic Exchange
Where’s That in The Bible?
Father Mike Schmitz cleverly debunks the Protestant doctrine of “Sola Scriptura,” which means “by Scripture alone.” And even better, he explains why the Catholic church relies on Sacred Scripture, Tradition, and the Magisterium.
The Original Sin Split
Catholics and Protestants celebrate the sacrament of Baptism. But as Dr. Taylor Marshall explains, their teachings on original sin are very different.
Making Sense of Mary
Of course, we know as Catholics we don’t worship Mary. We accept the Blessed Virgin Mary as a gift from Jesus. But Protestants don’t see it that way. Here’s how their perspective differs … and how to talk to them about Mary.
How to Talk to a Protestant About Mary | Catholic365
The Divorce Divide
One of the most well known differences between Catholicism and Protestantism is the subject of divorce. Protestants point to the Bible for justification. Here’s one perspective how differing translations lead to differing teachings.
Catholics And Protestants on Marriage, Divorce And The Bible | Catholic For Life
You probably know there are multiple versions of the Sacred Scripture. But do you know how our Catholic Bible differs from other Bibles … and why? It’s an interesting evolution.
Catholic And Protestant Bibles: What is The Difference? | Catholic Education
Counting Protestant Denominations
Stephen Beale asks: just how many Protestant denominations are there? Though he struggled to find a single answer, he shares the sources he used and the conclusion he drew. The number will likely surprise you.
Just How Many Protestant Denominations Are There? | National Catholic Register
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