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Die evangelikal-katholische Koalition im weltweiten Glaubenskrieg – The Atlantic

Die evangelikal-katholische Koalition im weltweiten Glaubenskrieg

Pope Francis’s Challenge to the Evangelical-Catholic Coalition – The Atlantic.

Social issues have brought about a surprising alliance between Protestant evangelicals and Catholic bishops—but the pontiff’s focus on economic justice could complicate matters.

I have other sheep that do not belong to this fold. I must bring them also, and they will listen to my voice. So there will be one flock, one shepherd.

—John 10:16

In Rome on Sunday, Pope Francis will preside over Easter Mass. He will address tens of thousands of Catholics gathered in St. Peter’s Square and tens of millions more who will gather around radios, televisions, and computer screens. But in the United States, it remains to be seen how Pope Francis will address an unlikely flock that both conservative Protestant and Catholic leaders have been grooming for political activism over the last two decades: white evangelicals.

From a historical perspective, this is the most improbable of alliances. The nascent Baptist movement was animated by condemnations of the Catholic hierarchy. Take this example from the Second London Confession of 1689, an early Baptist confessional document, which declared that the pope is “that Antichrist, that Man of Sin, that Son of Perdition, that exalteth himself in the Church against Christ, and all that is called God.” Early Baptist leaders in the U.S., including Roger Williams, John Smyth, and B.H. Carroll (founder of my alma mater, the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary), commonly held the position that the Catholic Church was “the whore of Babylon” from the Book of Revelation, a figure associated with the Antichrist and the embodiment of evil in the world. As late as 2000, Southern Baptist Seminary President Al Mohler declared on Larry King Live that the pope holds a false office, leads a false church, and teaches a false gospel.

It is well known that the political winds generated by the end of Jim Crow and the rise of the civil-rights movement transformed the once solidly Democratic South into a bloc of safe red states. But the way the same winds eroded historical evangelical-Catholic antipathies is less understood.    …… more

 

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