01.01.2013

ROME SWEET HOME?

Der konservative reformierte Kirchenhistoriker Carl R. Trueman (Westminster Theological Seminary) sinniert anläßlich einer Romreise über Stärken und Schwächen des römischen Katholizismus. U.a. schreibt er: 

"I want to go on record at this point as saying that I understand the attraction of Rome: the sheer mass of the organization (if you'll pardon the pun); the over- whelming aesthe- tics; the desirability of belonging to such an august and ancient institution which knows what it is, where it comes from, and where it is going; and the cornucopia of brilliant intellects that have debated, refined, and articulated its confession over the centuries.  All that I understand; all that I find attractive; all that I find superior to what evangelical Protestantism has to offer, particularly in its crassest megachurch and emergent varieties.  And, if asked whether I would rather spend an evening reading the typical evangelical offerings of my own tradition or some work by Aquinas or Newman or Kung or Ratzinger, I would be inclined to respond by inquiring as to whether such was a serious question. Against the background of the tweets, faceblogs and submoronic inanity of the evangelical `here's a pic of me and my mate Kev' brigade, such is equivalent to asking me whether I would rather get tickets to hear Miley Cyrus or a Pink Floyd reunion.  Catholic cathedrals - whether of stone or of intellect - have no real rivals, certainly not among megachurch maestros and emergent egos."

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