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.
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
There are many negative stereotypes associated with Catholics which include idolatry, paying for indulgences, and being anti-science. Stereotypes about the church number in the millions.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 >
Muslims, with a few exceptions, are discouraged from marrying outside of the Islamic faith. Female Muslims are not permitted to marry outside of the church under any circumstances. Male Muslims are allowed to marry holy Judeo-Christian women who follow the laws of the Bible. The answer to the question depends somewhat on whether the couple expects to practice the Muslim or Catholic faith after marriage.Full Answer >
The role of women in Christianity is a complicated one, and scholars are largely split on whether to take a complementarian or egalitarian view of women in modern society. Orthodox Christianity generally accepts that women and men have different but equal roles in Christianity, while progressive Christian groups generally accept that men and women are equally suited for various roles.Full Answer >