Seeking the Truth In Love

A Catholic-Protestant Encounter in Dallas

by Kathryn Collmer

When I heard about a planned “Protestant-Catholic dialogue” in Dallas, I expected that no more than a handful of Dallasites would choose to spend a beautiful spring weekend afternoon sitting indoors in cramped seats to listen to six hours of heavy theological discussion.

Surprise! Some 4,000 people packed into Southern Methodist University’s Moody Coliseum on April 12 to hear three prestigious Protestant scholars and three equally renowned Catholic scholars face off on the issues of justification, the Eucharist, and doctrinal authority. Of the 4,000 people in attendance, probably no more than a hundred were clergy, including a Baptist pastor and an Orthodox priest. The vast majority were lay people. This was . . .

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