Oct. 25, 2011

Engaging The Word

From The Uncommon Criminal by Kyle De Wolf (author's profile)


Oct. 10, 2011 Mon.

Today I managed to finish a book which I've been storing in my locker for a long time. It's called Engaging the Word by Michael Johnston. It is volume three in The New Church's Teaching series. These are Episcopalian books. I have found them to be very helpful with grappling with my own faith as a Catholic. Sometimes Catholic books are overly academic and go over the heads of most lay people. Sometimes they are so triumphalist and simplistic that intelligent lay people can only find them distracting.

The advantage of Episcopalian books is that they respect lay people enough to give them real theological meat in plain language and not treat them like idiots. One of the biggest differences I have seen between Episcopalians and Catholics is that Episcopalians will say openly what Catholic priests and theologians will only say very discreetly or vaguely hint at. This must be an advantage of working in a more democratic church that doesn't attempt to silence anybody who expresses a dissenting opinion.


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