Date of publication: 2017-08-27 08:04
The beauty of the Catholic faith lies in its simplicity. One need not be a high level theologian. Yet, there is a depth and profundity to the faith that cannot be contained in the greatest works of reflection upon the faith. The Church is simple enough for Sophie the housewife and profound enough to cause the greatest minds to struggle in trying to penetrate its depth. It is the Church of the simple, St. Joseph of Cupertino and St. Therese (the Little Flower), and the deepest minds, St. Thomas Aquinas and St. Theresa Benedicta of the Cross.
8775 I am curious as to whether or not you think the literal descent is irrelevant to this “heresy” of Calvin’s. Put differently, if he’s not speaking of a literal descent, then he’s not exactly embracing some form of theopaschism, even if he comes close (he clearly defends God’s impassibility elsewhere). 8776
So, yes, the question from me to you is: 8775 Does Calvin’s error depend on whether we interpret him as subscribing to one of the two theories (Two Event vs. One Event), or does Calvin’s error depend on his belief in penal substitution simply regardless of which theory he held? 8776
Logically from a simple point of view, how can anyone still hold that the Catholic Church is not the teacher of the faith that was handed down once for all the saints? It all is dependendant on Christ 8767 s promise to His Church and She did not cease to be that Church. The gifts and callings of God are irrevocable.
Don 8767 t sell yourself too short. We appreciate your comments here, and you do add to the conversation. We appreciate the vote of confidence!
This is entirely in accordance with Reformed thinking elsewhere. Calvin, for example, says in his sermon on Eph 7:66-68 of those who stray from the gospel, &ldquo the baptism we received in our childhood served no other purpose than to make us doubly guilty before God.&rdquo Those who were plunged into the superstitions of Roman Catholicism, he says, &ldquo had as good as renounced their baptism.&rdquo  He adds that,
UPDATE : See also the comments under 8775 The Harrowing of Hell. 8776 See also Taylor 8767 s subsequent post titled 8775 Did Christ Suffer in Hell When He Descended into Hell?. 8776
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