Monday, June 09, 2008

In Search of ... a Via Media?

Over 150 years ago, Cardinal Newman realised that he could no longer regard the Anglican Church's cherished "via media" character as a workable notion.

Today there is hardly an Anglican left who would defend it as a virtue let alone as a practical rule of faith. Certainly there are none in Sydney or in New Hampshire. Are there in fact ANY "via media" Anglicans anymore? Is that why they are no longer able to hold their show together?

See this article by Randy Sly "Anglicans and the Via Media".


At Tuesday, June 10, 2008 11:13:00 am , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm in search of a resource: a book that outlines the "doctrine and dogma" of the other Christian denominations and Catholic answers as to why they are incorrect.

Is there such a publication?

with thanks

At Tuesday, June 10, 2008 8:57:00 pm , Blogger Schütz said...

What an interesting thought. I remember hundreds of books just like this when I was growing up as a Lutheran--although, mind you, then it was a matter of a book that outlined the doctrine and dogma of the other Christian denominations and Lutheran answers as to why they are incorrect.

I am sure that there must have been such publications once upon a time from the Catholic point of view--but they have gone out of style today. Not just because they are seen as ecumenically "unfriendly", but because it is so hard to pin down the other denominations and say what they actually believe.

Which is, I might say, the rather endearingly quaint thing about Sydney Anglicans and Australian Lutherans (ditto for Missouri Synod Lutherans). They know what they believe and where they stand.

The thing they don't know so well is what we Catholics believe and why we believe it and why it might not be so far from the truth if they stopped to think about it for more than ten seconds. But we can't really blame them for that. Most Catholics don't now either...

At Wednesday, June 11, 2008 11:55:00 am , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hence the request!

Any suggestions? Or is the Catholic Truth Society the best place to start?


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