Protestants and Catholics have historically been known to have opposing views on Christianity and the role of the church, causing an ideological split between the two denominations. Protestants split from the Roman Catholic Church beginning in the 16th century.Know More
While the two denominations are in accord when it comes to general Christian beliefs such as the crucifixion and Jesus' resurrection, they disagree on other matters. For example, while Catholics give the Pope full authority to interpret the Bible, Protestants are known to give this right to the individual. Catholics preach that the bread and wine served at the end of mass known as communion becomes the actual body and blood of Jesus, whereas for Protestants, it is merely a symbol of Christ.
The five Solas, (a word that means alone in Latin), penned during the Protestant movement are used as a way to distinguish Catholic teachings from those of the Protestants. The Catholic church advocates for a balance between the teachings of the Bible and the traditions of the church, whereas Protestants derive their teachings solely from the Bible. Also, while Catholics derive forgiveness from the church and from God, Protestants believe salvation comes from the grace of God alone.Learn more about Christianity
Catholics light candles for the dead as an act of remembrance or as a prayer for their souls. They can light candles at any time; however, death anniversaries and All Souls' Day are particularly popular dates to light candles in prayer for the dead.Full Answer >
Catholics celebrate Christmas by attending mass on the holy days of obligation on Christmas day (December 25th) and on Mother Mary's feast day (January 1st), as well as celebrating with Advent candles, nativity scenes and family celebrations. Many Catholics may also choose to put up a Christmas tree and hang Christmas lights.Full Answer >
According to AmericanCatholic.org, Roman Catholics celebrate Christmas as part of the liturgical calendar under the Advent and Christmas seasons. A midnight mass beginning on Christmas Eve, continuing on Christmas Day marks the beginning of the celebration that leads up to the Epiphany. Roman Catholics traditionally do not put out decorations in celebration of Christmas until this time; however, gifts and a feast day on Christmas are customary.Full Answer >
Roman Catholics and Southern Baptists differ in their beliefs about absolute authority, baptism, the Bible and absolution. They also believe differently about the value and meaning of Communion and how much authority to give church leaders.Full Answer >