Tuesday, October 05, 2004

Been a while!

Well, I have kept in good step with my friends by not having posted in quite sometime, save for Trevor who seems to always be more active. By the way, congrats, Tyler and Trevor on both of you getting engaged (not to eachother)! I got engaged too!!! Some may be concerned, since I have been married before, not so long ago. I understand and love those who may be concerned. I completely believe that Amanda is the most wonderful person I have encountered. I pray, as I hope you all will, that are marriage will be truly blessed. Oh, yours too, guys.

An addition that you will notice is the Catholic section. Now, before you go jumping to conclusions (like anyone is ever going to read this), understand my intent. I haven't "joined the ranks of Rome," yet I have been seriously studying their claims over the last year. Perhaps this may open some dialogue for the subject (like anyone is ever going to read this).

At the risk of insulting my friends, I say this: when I was first presented with this material I was the chief of skeptics. However, and some my find this my incurable weakness, my love for tradition, beauty, history, and the spirit of unity have compelled me to check the status of the Church of Rome over and against what my good Protestant brethren have taught me. Thinking that the Prots had all the clear-thinking, God-honouring philosophers and theologians, I now realize that Catholicism has its own army of apologetic strongmen.

Perhaps, some may ask, "Well, why not Orthodoxy, if tradition, beauty, history, and such is what your after? Or better yet, Anglicanism! At least their still Protestant. Sorta." The answer is I have found the Anglican Communion to be rich in their outward presentation, yet lacking in true substance. Orthodoxy's national-church allegiances strike me as not exactly how the Church Universal should represent itself. Understand, those are extremely quick and simplistic answers that deserve much more attention, and believe me I have given them much more thought than I wish to express here.

To let you who may care to join me in this study (again, like anyone is ever going to read this), my study has thus far included reading By What Authority?: An Evangelical Discovers Catholic Tradition by a guy whose name I forgot, Rome Sweet Home by Scott and Kimberly Hahn, C. S. Lewis and the Catholic Church by Joseph Pearce, Evangelical Is Not Enough by Thomas Howard, and currently Not by Scripture Alone: A Catholic Critique of the Protestant Doctrine of Sola Scriptura.

Friends, I have to go now, but wish to hear from you soon. Like anyone is ever going to read this.