I like Mark Noll’s writings. I’ve found his insights helpful, but reading through his Is the Reformation Over? An Evangelical Assessment of Roman Catholicism, I was a bit disappointed by his eagerness to gloss over the differences, which still remain today. Resonating with my some of my views towards this book is a review by Greg Strain, an ex-Roman Catholic, who writes:

The positives of this book are that it reminds us that there really is no need for the social and political antagonism that divided the two communities in previous generations. Such bigotry still does exist and this book helps us to see its origin. It also helpfully shows how Catholicism has moved on since the Second Vatican Council and people interacting with Catholics do well to have some handle on these changes.

However, for all its good research and helpful insights I would regard this book as seriously and dangerously flawed. The impression given is that, in the end, Roman Catholicism and Evangelicalism are two expressions of genuine Christianity, although both are flawed. The authors note that evangelicals could agree with two thirds of the Catholic Catechism (1994). We probably could agree with two thirds but it is the third we can’t agree with that is critical.

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