William M. Shea

in The Lion and the Lamb

Published in print March 2004 | ISBN: 9780195139860
Published online January 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780199835232 | DOI:

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This chapter examines the roots of evangelical critique of Catholicism. The Roman church was viewed as the legion of the Antichrist, a false church, a heretical and apostate church. So evil was its “system”, and so corrupt its doctrine and practice that it can only be dealt with in the language of an apocalyptic invented to pierce through an opaque history to its roots in the infernal mind. The Reformation was thus, inextricably linked to Manichean rhetoric.

Keywords: evangelicalism; Catholicism; Reformation; Roman Catholic church; religion

Chapter.  7903 words. 

Subjects: Christianity

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