(quote) Felicity-929402 said: Sorry, no useful resources and I'm surprised that you ask, Gary- given your position as a convert I would expect you to have the best answers as to why "faith alone" doesn't cut it. :) I was going to ask you about it!
By "their beef", do you mean their dinner? I'm kidding.. this refers to the Church's teachings on Purgatory, sacrifice, Baptism, Penance, etc..?
It definitely gets into the theology of it all... A merciful God would alleviate the punishment, but would a just God take all the punishment to Himself and demand no sacrifice of us? Would a good and just God allow the bad to go unpunished- whether here or later? Would a perfect God accept into Himself (in Heaven) something less than perfect? Would an all-knowing God allow secret sins? Would a timeless God condemn those who came before Jesus- and are thus unable to 'accept Him', and allow those who came after Him into Heaven?
Didn't Jesus say "whose sins you shall forgive..."?
Didn't Jesus and the apostles say several times: do as Christ does? - wouldn't this include following Him on the Way of the Cross? The Apostles in their martyrdoms?
I did not start out with the assumption of faith alone and then reject it. Technically, that means I was never Evangelical. I was a fundamentalist, and then a fundamentalist-turning-Catholic-who-didn't-know-it-and-played-Evangelical-anyway, which is a long title, so I just say recovering Evangelical anyway.
I can definitely make a case against faith alone, but I wanted to make sure that if I make such a case and claim to be explaining the Catholic position
, I wanted to double-check that I wouldn't be misrepresenting the Church. I am a very cautious person when it comes to not overstating my case. Our first encounter is an exception. I'll send you a message with a longer response.
The problem with dialogue here is breaking through communication barriers. Protestant-Catholic dialogue often has a lot of talking past each other, and that's what I want to try to avoid.