The Hotel: Why I Checked-Out of Protestantism: Part 9

by G. D. Andreano The Hope of the Future Even though there are many ways to critique the structure of Protestantism, I am hopeful for the future. The millennial generation is in a particular place in time, and that created a collective search for truth. With the rise of the internet, no prior generation has ever had a greater potential to be informed. This includes being informed about Church History, theology, and tradition. Millennials are leaving Evangelical Protestantism. Some of that group represents people who are leaving religion altogether, because they have discovered these same problems with the Evangelical Protestantism that … [Read more...]

The Hotel: Why I Checked-Out of Protestantism: Part 8

by G. D. Andreano The Problem of the Public Square Protestantism has been at the heart of American politics since the founding. From the “Protestant work ethic” that spawned the industrial revolution to the individualism of democratic pluralism, American politics are inherently Protestant. Perhaps because the Protestant demographic was in the cultural majority for hundreds of years, there seems to be very little experience with how to deal with contrary belief systems. This sense of cultural escapism and political isolationism became the counter-culture movement which simply makes Christian versions of everything. Though there was a long … [Read more...]

The Hotel: Why I Checked-Out of Protestantism: Part 7

by G. D. Andreano The Problem of Heresy “[Paul’s] letters contain some things that are hard to understand, which ignorant and unstable people distort, as they do the other Scriptures, to their own destruction.” - 2 Pet 3:16b It is an unfortunate observation of mine that the good things about Protestantism are not unique to Protestantism. The things Protestants have correct are simply the ways in which they are correctly aligned to the ancient Church. However, the bad things about Protestantism are unique to the individualistic spirit of Protestantism found even in the earliest heretics. Heresy does not seem to thrive in any other … [Read more...]

The Hotel: Why I Checked-Out of Protestantism: Part 6

by G. D. Andreano The Problem of Private Interpretation “Submit yourselves one to another in the fear of God.” – Eph 5:21 Another major problem Protestantism perpetuates is the blindness to the existence of an interpretation, thanks to doctrines like sola scriptura. Because Protestantism puts no real authority in something outside of itself (Ecumenical Councils, Fathers, etc.), Protestants seem to think that everything they understand the Bible to be saying, is what the Bible is saying. This makes their interpretation gospel. Paired together with the idea that the Bible is the “intrinsically authoritative Word of God” this is a … [Read more...]