Theology: Protestant & Catholic: The Disparity Beyond Dogma

The differences between Protestants and Roman Catholics are normally defined in terms of doctrine—papal in fallibility, Marianism, the nature of the church. But there is a difference that lies deeper than dogma: the basic approach of men to prayer and piety. It is possible, for example, that a Southern Baptist could become intellectually convinced by the claims of Catholicism. Yet, accustomed as he is to a tradition of free prayer, Bible-centered sermons and mighty hymns, he might still feel alien to a church that offers its believers private confession of sins to...