The BoBo theory —interesting!

A most interesting article about how Protestants view the Catholic Church, with a particular focus on Calvin.  I am not indenting in quotes the post below so as not to lose the quoting with the article.   Our friend Bill Tighe comments at the orthodoxbridge site.

******

Fuller Seminary professor and missiologist Ralph D. Winter noticed that many Evangelicals are under the impression that Christianity Blinked-Out” after the Apostles and then “Blinked-On” with the Protestant Reformers.

. . . “BOBO” theory—that the Christian faith somehow “Blinked Out” after the Apostles and “Blinked On” again in our time, or whenever our modern “prophets” arose, be they Luther, Calvin, Wesley, Joseph Smith, Ellen White or John Wimber. The result of this kind of BOBO approach is that you have “early” saints and “latter-day” saints, but no saints in the middle.

Winter noted that this view has resulted in Protestants having little interest in the one thousand years of church history before the Reformation because nothing spiritually important was happening between the New Testament church and the 1500s.  Winter wrote about the negative effect this had on Protestants:

But this only really means that these children do not get exposed to all the incredible things God did with that Bible between the times of the Apostles and the Reformers, a period which is staggering proof of the unique power of the Bible! To many people, it is as if there were “no saints in the middle.”

The BOBO theory is crucial to Protestantism’s self understanding.  Protestants believe that after the calamitous “Fall of the Church,” the Reformation marked a return to the early Church – the way it was meant to be.  Without this justification, the Reformation would be a schismatic deviation.  Sometimes one is presented with a more subtly nuanced version that allows for a small continuing “Remnant Church” present throughout church history that held on to the True Faith – of course assumed to be more or less Protestant.  The problem with this view, aside from the lack of historical evidence, is that this supposed historic “Remnant” existed independently of any historically recognized Church be it Orthodox or even Roman Catholic.

This entry was posted in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink.

3 Responses to The BoBo theory —interesting!

  1. Pingback: The BoBo theory —interesting! | Catholic Canada

  2. Benedict Marshall says:

    That’s the most slanderous thing you could say about the Apostles, that they are somehow devoid of any authority. It just comes to show you what “Sola Scriptura” gets you: a bunch of fictional literary characters and a deviation from Jesus Christ by deviating from tradition to uphold a forgery. It’s from that rebellion claiming to be “truth” that we get “Higher Criticism” and “Art Criticism” resulting in a desecrated Bible and “Modern Art”.

    Protestantism is a forgery, a counterfeit Christianity that heaps slander not only upon the Apostles, but on Christ Himself, by denying that the Holy Spirit guides the men Christ himself trained, and the men they themselves trained in an unbroken line that stretches to this day.

    Those bishops and cardinals, like Sean O’Malley, who aren’t acting like they are a part of this lineage and instead like to play with women “ministers” are weakening the claims of the Roman Catholic Church as the One True Faith because Christ is the One True God.

    • Rev22:17 says:

      Benedict,

      You wrote: That’s the most slanderous thing you could say about the Apostles, that they are somehow devoid of any authority. It just comes to show you what “Sola Scriptura” gets you: a bunch of fictional literary characters and a deviation from Jesus Christ by deviating from tradition to uphold a forgery. It’s from that rebellion claiming to be “truth” that we get “Higher Criticism” and “Art Criticism” resulting in a desecrated Bible and “Modern Art”.

      Protestantism is a forgery, a counterfeit Christianity that heaps slander not only upon the Apostles, but on Christ Himself, by denying that the Holy Spirit guides the men Christ himself trained, and the men they themselves trained in an unbroken line that stretches to this day.

      That strikes me as rather over the top in several ways.

      >> 1. Protestant Christianity is not exactly monolithic. It comes in about as many flavors as ice cream, and these sweeping generalizations are not true of all of them.

      >> 2. All Protestant denomination have the essential means of salvation — that is, the sacrament of baptism for the salvation of souls and the Word of God as the way to holiness of life. And being baptized, all Protestant Christians are joined, albeit imperfectly, with the one true church that our Lord founded through the apostles.

      If we are wholly honest, we must acknowledge that there is more emphasis on holiness of life in many Protestant congregations than in many Catholic congregations today.

      You wrote: Those bishops and cardinals, like Sean O’Malley, who aren’t acting like they are a part of this lineage and instead like to play with women “ministers” are weakening the claims of the Roman Catholic Church as the One True Faith because Christ is the One True God.

      From what planet are you getting this?

      Cardinal Sean O’Malley has his human imperfections, as we all do, but I can assure you that, as an archbishop, he is very strict when it comes to doctrinal orthodoxy and especially with respect to the suitability of those chosen to exercise ministry in the church.

      Norm.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s