The Temporary Historical Necessity of Protestantism

Schaf insists that Protestantism earns its right to exist only for as long as we offer to the rest of the Church significant correction in areas that need it. A sect, if we are willing to admit the title, “loses its right to exist, in the same degree in which the body from which it…

Episcopacy and the Leaven of the Pharisees

Schaf also takes the Anglo-Catholic Oxford movement to task: He suggests that many who are in this school are attracted to it by a “feeling of poetical romance” and not a few of them have aspirations to the hierarchy inherent in an episcopal system. And for all their insistence on history, Schaf says that this…

The Prostitution of Protestantism

Schaf decries the multiplication of denominations and sects in Christendom and insists that this is not inherent in the Protestant principle: “If such were the fact, the Reformation must stand in direct contradiction to the holy scriptures, and be adjudged by its own umpire to condemnation, as a sinful work of man… Teh sect-system, like…

Get Rid of Your Own Popery First

Schaf identifies rationalism as a problem that has infected both Protestant and Roman Churches. Of course keeping in mind that Schaf was writing in the mid nineteenth century, this is still fairly prophetic as things have tended. But whatever the case, he suggests that whatever common enemies and problems we have ought to be solved…