Religion and Theology
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Episode 5: “Protestantism – The Evangelical Explosion,” of the BBC documentary, “A History of Christianity: the First 3000 Years,” in six parts and narrated by Professor Diarmaid MacCulloch, is a condensed recount of the rapid growth of the Evangelical Protestant…
(Robinson) This seems like a direct contradiction to the message of love, the first law of God as mentioned by Jesus to the Pharisees in the Bible’s book of Matthew, Chapter 22, verses 33 - 40.
Protestantism, in turn, has dissected into other denominations such as the Lutherans, Calvinists, Anabaptists, Anglicans, Methodists and the Moravians. The core beliefs of Protestants are reflected in their feel-good, emotional expressions of their relationship with God. This caused problems in their early years of development and was a factor that brought them into conflict with Catholicism, and caused the persecution of some Protestants, spurring their flight to America and subsequent continents.
One might wonder why, with such rapid growth, from 9 million to 380 million members in Africa alone and 30,000 Christian denominations worldwide, there is not more peace in the world. Instead, we live in a world of stress and violence. The spread of the world’s many faiths is a particularly intriguing topic which, like most religious discussions, raises more questions than there can be answers for, but it stimulates many opinions.
One question is about the several mentions by Prof. MacCulloch, of faith found in the Bible and also of the Bible’s Good News message, but scriptures should be quoted, in order to impart the pertinent information to the film’s viewers. At a point, about halfway through the film, one minister begins to read John 3:16, “For God loved the world so much …” and stopped there. This scripture is significant because it directs us to God’s purpose. (“…that he gave his only-begotten Son, in order that everyone exercising faith in him might not be destroyed but have everlasting life.”) (Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of Pennsylvania et al. ...