Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Our Friend "Carrie" and the Difference Between a "Protestant" and an "Anti-Catholic (Protestant)"

See her post. A refresher course in definitions of terms and sociology of religion is clearly in order. This stuff ain't rocket science.

Maybe one way to illustrate the distinction is by using the good ole word picture of a pie. The whole pie is Protestantism. Now, cut the pie into four sections. Then cut each section in half, making eight pieces of pie. Then remove one piece from the pie and pie tin.

This piece represents "anti-Catholic Protestants." They might make up perhaps one-eighth of all Protestants (if that much). If we make it more specific and start talking about brands of Protestantism (evangelicals, Reformed, Lutherans, etc.: lemon meringue, apple, blueberry, mincemeat), then it very well might be a higher percentage (maybe one-quarter or one-third), but it is always pretty much a small minority.

Now let's see if Carrie will accept this instruction and apply it henceforth, and stop slinging around the charge of hypocrisy out of ignorance. I surely won't hold my breath waiting for that to happen (and I recommend that you not do so, either, if you value your life).

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