“Roman But Not Catholic”: Defense of My Amazon Review

I wrote twelve critiques of the book entitled, Roman but Not Catholic: What Remains at Stake 500 Years after the Reformation, by evangelical Protestant (Wesleyan) theologian and historian Kenneth J. Collins and Anglican philosopher Jerry L. Walls (Grand Rapids, Michigan: Baker Academic, 2017). The complete list can be found on my Calvinism and General Protestantism web page (scroll about halfway down). Then I wrote a review of the book on its Amazon page. Geoffrey S. Robinson wrote a fairly lengthy critique of my… Read more

Causes of the Protestant “Reformation” (vs. a Lutheran Pastor)

(11-20-07; abridged somewhat on 10-23-17) *** Pastor Larry A. Nichols is the author of several books, including Dictionary of Cults, Sects, Religions, and the Occult (Zondervan Publishing House, 1993, with George A. Mather & Alvin J. Schmidt), Masonic Lodge (Zondervan, 1995; with George A. Mather & Alan W. Gomes), Discovering the Plain Truth: How the Worldwide Church of God Encountered the Gospel of Grace (Intervarsity Press, 1997; co-author George A. Mather), and Encyclopedic Dictionary of World Religions (2006; with George A. Mather & Alvin J. Schmidt). He has also written many journal… Read more

Armstrong vs. Collins & Walls #12: Salvation (Soteriology)

This is one of my many critiques of the book entitled, Roman but Not Catholic: What Remains at Stake 500 Years after the Reformation, by evangelical Protestant theologian Kenneth J. Collins and Anglican philosopher Jerry L. Walls (Grand Rapids, Michigan: Baker Academic, 2017). ***** Kenneth Collins, in his chapter 17: “Justification Roman Style” writes: What’s so remarkable about the treatments in both Vatican II documents and the Catechism is that the exact phrase “free grace” . . . is not mentioned at… Read more

Armstrong vs. Collins & Walls #11: Good & Bad Monothelite Heretics

This is one of my many critiques of the book entitled, Roman but Not Catholic: What Remains at Stake 500 Years after the Reformation, by evangelical Protestant theologian Kenneth J. Collins and Anglican philosopher Jerry L. Walls (Grand Rapids, Michigan: Baker Academic, 2017). ***** Kenneth Collins, in chapter 12 (“Machiavellian Machinations and More: The Later History of the Papacy”), opined: [T]he Sixth Ecumenical Council, held in 680, had to set the theological record straight by posthumously condemning the likes of Pope Honorius… Read more

Armstrong vs. Collins & Walls #10: St. Peter & the Papacy

This is one of my many critiques of the book entitled, Roman but Not Catholic: What Remains at Stake 500 Years after the Reformation, by evangelical Protestant theologian Kenneth J. Collins and Anglican philosopher Jerry L. Walls (Grand Rapids, Michigan: Baker Academic, 2017). ***** Kenneth Collins, in his chapter 11: “The Papacy”, states: Indeed, the notion that Peter was somehow over the universal church is unfounded. . . . . . . Matthew 16:18 cannot mean that Peter had authority in… Read more

Armstrong vs. Collins & Walls #9: “Apocrypha” (Jerome, Athanasius, Etc.)

This is one of my many critiques of the book entitled, Roman but Not Catholic: What Remains at Stake 500 Years after the Reformation, by evangelical Protestant theologian Kenneth J. Collins and Anglican philosopher Jerry L. Walls (Grand Rapids, Michigan: Baker Academic, 2017). ***** Kenneth Collins, in his chapter 3: “Scripture: No Greater Authority?” states: Though Jerome had incorporated the Apocrypha into his translation [The Latin Vulgate], nevertheless he specifically cautioned against receiving this literature as sacred Scripture. Collins cites… Read more

Armstrong vs. Collins & Walls #8: Heretical Tobit? (Alms & Salvation)

This is one of my many critiques of the book entitled, Roman but Not Catholic: What Remains at Stake 500 Years after the Reformation, by evangelical Protestant theologian Kenneth J. Collins and Anglican philosopher Jerry L. Walls (Grand Rapids, Michigan: Baker Academic, 2017). ***** Kenneth Collins, in his chapter 3: “Scripture: No Greater Authority?” states: Take the book of Tobit, for example. Its observation found in 12:9: “For almsgiving saves from death, and purges all sin,” is no doubt theologically confused, for… Read more

On the Use of the Titles “Catholic” & “Roman Catholic”

This was from public exchanges on the Facebook page of Anglican philosopher and author Jerry Walls. *** Dave Armstrong Nor do I call myself “Roman Catholic.” Eastern Catholics are just as much Catholics as “Roman” ones, and they would never call themselves “Roman Catholic” (I co-wrote a book with one). That’s one reason why I don’t; another is that the term started as Anglican polemics in the 16th century. Peter Sean Bradley I’ve explained that to Jerry, but he insists on calling… Read more

Armstrong vs. Collins & Walls #7: Unbiblical / Non-Patristic Purgatory?

This is one of my many critiques of the book entitled, Roman but Not Catholic: What Remains at Stake 500 Years after the Reformation, by evangelical Protestant theologian Kenneth J. Collins and Anglican philosopher Jerry L. Walls (Grand Rapids, Michigan: Baker Academic, 2017). ***** Kenneth Collins, in his chapter 2: “Tradition and the Traditions” — after railing against supposedly untethered, unchecked, unbiblical Catholic traditions — states about purgatory in particular: To rectify this considerable deficit in terms of both earlier church history… Read more

Armstrong vs. Collins & Walls #6: Assumption, Queen Redux

This is one of my many critiques of the book entitled, Roman but Not Catholic: What Remains at Stake 500 Years after the Reformation, by evangelical Protestant theologian Kenneth J. Collins and Anglican philosopher Jerry L. Walls (Grand Rapids, Michigan: Baker Academic, 2017). ***** Kenneth Collins, in his chapter 16: “Mary Again: From Dogmatic definition to Co-Redeemer?,” makes the usual objections to Mary’s Assumption being a late-arriving doctrine among the Church fathers. Yes; it developed slowly and relatively late, but this is not some… Read more

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