Friday, November 14, 2008
Presence Without Dominance
Regarding the most recent blog, I think there are enough philosphical traps in the Christian life to warrant a name for them: Puppet Dictator Dogmas.
PDDs are beliefs and ideas which eclipse the major feature of teachings when they should not do so. Classic example is the whole works vs. faith thing. Just because we say works are a necessary part of salvation does not mean that they are the instrumental cause or that they are the dominant feature in the whole plan of salvation. When, in the name of Calvinism, or whatever you want to call it, we get all worked up about works and worry if we have performed enough, we are falling into this trap. Clearly, the work of God is central. More specifically, the glory and character of God are central. I think this is where Roman Catholicism errs.