There are more than a few problems with the latest conversion testimony lite article “Does The Center Hold?” running at the Called To (Candide) Confusion website, masterminded by a philosophical Doctor Pangloss who is obsessed with proving ad hoc that the Roman Church is the best of all reasonable, infallible and true churches in the performatively nominal noumenal world. That is when we aren’t repeating our self and he isn’t begging the question.
But to the article at hand. The author demonstrates, happy picture of the wife and seven children notwithstanding:
1. An overweening drive to walk by sight, not by faith. If the one holy apostolic catholic church is not one, it can’t be any of the rest. Visible unity is the sine qua non of the true church that trumps all else.
2. A subsequent noticeable absence of interaction with Scripture ensues. Which is not surprising considering, but whatever.
3. The scandal of division to the point again of where unity overrides the other marks of the holy, apostolic catholic church.
4. In the end he plumps for the Roman church because it can hold the center, which, other than visible unity, is pretty much undefined.
All in all a theology lite effort in order one supposes to join the evergrowing throng of believers streaming back to the Roman church.
Yet we fear that all that glitters is not fools gold. Scharbach has only traded for an appearance of truth and unity, which his simplistic analysis fails to comprehend, even if the visible unity of the church trumps all as he seems to think it does.