Understanding the Divide: A Presbyterian Elder, a Roman Catholic Theologian, and Basic Questions of the Christian Faith

Understanding the Divide: A Presbyterian Elder, a Roman Catholic Theologian, and Basic Questions of the Christian Faith

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In Understanding the Divide: A Presbyterian Elder, a Roman Catholic Theologian, and Basic Questions of the Christian Faith, a Presbyterian Elder and a Roman Catholic theologian reflect in dialogical fashion on basic but critical dimensions of contemporary Christian faith. How should we interpret the Bible? How do we get to heaven? What are sacraments and what is their function? Who are the saints and what role if any do they continue to play in the life of the Christian community? Tom Tasselmyer, a Ruling Elder in the Presbyterian Church in America, and Lyle K. Weiss, a Roman Catholic theologian, respond to these and other questions offering two distinct contemporary visions of an ancient faith. In alternating chapters, Tom and Lyle engage in dialogue concerning basic questions of Christian faith from Reformed and Roman Catholic perspectives, providing readable, intelligible, and accessible answers to questions believers are asking while simultaneously stimulating ongoing thought and fostering mutual respect between two rich traditions within the broader Christian family.


""This is a remarkable book: an honest conversation about faith and theology between a Catholic theologian and his one-time student, a Presbyterian elder committed to the Westminster Confession of Faith. Born of deep Christian friendship and mutual respect, Understanding the Divide is a lovely, inspiring work that invites all Christians to that same kind of reciprocal respect and companionship on the journey of discipleship.""
--Michael J. Gorman, Raymond E. Brown Professor of Biblical Studies and Theology, St. Mary's Seminary and University, Baltimore

""It is not often that one gets to have an inside view of what people really believe, but Understanding the Divide is a rare opportunity to do just that. Overhearing this spiritual conversation highlights and brings clarity to the differences in perspective that exist among Christians. More importantly, however, it breathes a wonderful spirit of friendship that only confirms the deeper reality binding us together. Warmly recommended.""
--Frank Boswell, senior pastor, Hunt Valley Church, Hunt Valley, Maryland

Lyle K. Weiss earned his Doctorate in Sacred Theology from St. Mary's Seminary and University in Baltimore, Maryland. He has served on the faculties of St. Mary Seminary's Ecumenical Institute and Notre Dame of Maryland University. He now writes full-time.

Thomas M. Tasselmyer has been the Chief Meteorologist at WBAL Television in Baltimore, Maryland. He has a Master of Arts in Theology from St. Mary's Ecumenical Institute and is a Ruling Elder in the Presbyterian Church in America, licensed to preach in the Chesapeake Presbytery.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781532637186
Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
Publication date: 05/09/2018
Pages: 210
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.42(d)

About the Author

Lyle K. Weiss earned his Doctorate in Sacred Theology from St. Mary's Seminary and University in Baltimore, Maryland. He has served on the faculties of St. Mary Seminary's Ecumenical Institute and Notre Dame of Maryland University. He now writes full-time. Thomas M. Tasselmyer has been the Chief Meteorologist at WBAL Television in Baltimore, Maryland. He has a Master of Arts in Theology from St. Mary's Ecumenical Institute and is a Ruling Elder in the Presbyterian Church in America, licensed to preach in the Chesapeake Presbytery.

Table of Contents

Introduction Thomas M. Tasselmyer 3

Lyle K. Weiss 10

Part I Scripture: What Role Does the Bible Play in Your Church?

1 God's Word in Human Words 17

2 Our Ultimate Authority 27

Part II Salvation: What Does Your Church Teach is Necessary to Attain Heaven?

3 Salvation by Faith Alone 41

4 Heaven: The Fulfillment of a Relationship 56

Part III Sacraments: What are the Sacraments in Your Church and What Do They Do?

5 Sacraments and the Continuing Mission of Jesus Christ 73

6 God's Grace Made Visible 101

Part IV Saints: What Does Your Church Teach About the Faithful Departed?

7 Sainthood: The Vocation of All Who Believe 123

8 Saints: Models of Discipleship 134

Part V Structure: How Does Your Church Organize and Operate Local Congregations?

9 Of Institutions and Kingdoms 151

10 Presbyterianism: Representative Church Government 165

Conclusion Thomas M. Tasselmyer 185

Lyle K. Weiss 193

Bibliography 201

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