Monday, December 20, 2010
Protestantism and the Burden of Proof
It seems to me that most debates between Protestants and Catholics put Catholicism on the defensive against Protestant accusations of superstitious and unscriptural beliefs. However, this relationship is exactly backwards. The burden of proof lies on Protestantism, not Catholicism. The very term Protestantism implies a protest against something that proceeds Protestants. That entity was of course the Roman Catholic Church. Protestants revolted against the established order and thus must first justify their beliefs before demanding evidence for the truth of Catholicism.