(quote) Gary-936836 said: I'm a fairly new convert, and while I can rattle off some interesting things about some topics, "high" theology is a topic I always shied away from. I'm a bit of a wuss. But I would like to learn how to answer Protestant friends who teach salvation by "faith alone".
I started out Church of Christ, which is really more fundamentalist than evangelical, but at least they understand that baptism is necessary. They also reflexively avoid high theology. When I was among Evangelicals for four years, I basically didn't accept their formulation of "faith alone" (since I've always believed baptism is crucial), but I never bothered engaging their view. And if you've talked with Evangelicals at all, it's their main beef with the Church.
Does anyone have some very helpful resources on the matter?
Rome sweet Home by Scott and Kimberly Hahn. To begin with, if they can't read through that short book, they aren't worth wasting your time to talk to. You have a ton to learn of the faith, rather then playing defender, you also have a ton of garbage to purge from what you were mis taught as well, give yourself a few years at least, unless you are in the insane IQ land world, to go that route to debate with them,. A foundation of truth that is solidly suported in your prayer life, is where you must come from along from with debate and the whole, getting through to them.
I have an extensive background, in Catholic and Protestant theology, theirs is weak, limited, lacks in so many areas, but at least a remnant of truth and the way is still in place with a few of them. I know, sounds harsh, but they lack the fullness of the faith and stumble along the basics, here, "many catholics do as well", at least you have the framework and proper guidance to get you along the best path possible. Give it prayer above all, for them and even for yourself. If you run into opposition and you don't have an answer, or just desire to bring in the heavy guns, PM me for my contact information to relay to them, I am more then willing and capable of dealing with the likes of those, regardless of their so called positions of authority.