The "Evil Medieval" Catholic Church
The prevailing wisdom that I heard from my bible teachers and pastors was that the Church went off the rails in the time of Constantine, and the Holy Spirit "went south" until 1517 when a devout Augustinian monk, named Martin Luther, found a dusty bible locked up in a church attic and read it for the first time! The Church back then was filled with fearful souls scurrying around to gain as much merit as possible to escape hell, even paying for it if possible. Nowhere, no how was the Gospel preached, because after all, no one knew what the Gospel was until Luther, oh wait, no, Calvin actually understood it better, but I digress....
At any rate, everyone loves a conspiracy and these Chick tract stories stayed with me and countless others even through adulthood. The saddest thing is that they poisoned us so that we became incapable of thinking anything positive or good about Catholicism. As a matter of true fact, when I thought of the Church, I would picture evil looking popes in big hats in black and white, just like the tracts I read. Or the unshaven bald headed monks and priests with scowls and stink lines over their heads. Yep, Chick had done his job!
Fast forward to the new Catholic apologetics. People with intelligence and honesty are starting to question the prevailing wisdom they were taught about Catholicism and voila! It turns out they were sadly mistaken about this "evil medieval" Church and its beliefs. If you wish to empty your mind of those swirling Chick tract caricatures, which have infiltrated the Protestant view of history, please read Renee Linn's recent post regarding the Medieval Church and works-based righteousness. She was a Thomas Road Jerry Falwell Baptist who by the grace of God, had the scales fall from her eyes. You maybe very surprised at what you learn from reading her blog.