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站长博文给朋友的信,是最近读书的思考

Hi!

How are you? Hope you have thoroughly enjoyed your FOOT training Anyway, as lighthearted as the greetings may sound, this email is actually going to be quite serious and heavy (sorry for bringing up burdensome thoughts and reflections during our long deserved bright and sunny break)

As I have mentioned to you, I am taking a theological certification class at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. In the Church history class, I was quite unsatisfied with the explanations they offered on Reformation, so I delved deeper into the matter and consulted a few other resources on Church history, from secular, Protestant and Catholic angles. The more I read, the more I start to questions the principles of 'sola scripta' and 'sola fide'. Some of the literature have forcefully pointed out the lack of biblical foundations of them. This really shocked me, and as I was gradually convinced by the true definition of the Church, I became, at the same time, deeply unsettled and uneasy with this dramatic revelation which I have never considered before.

Apart from the movement itself, taking the class also got me to carefully examine the stands each denomination takes on 'controversial' issues like abortion and divorce. Sadly, I was really disappointed that every Protestant denomination does not oppose abortion, and all of them consent to a varying degree some definitions of marriage which I disagree with.

I began to think about the reasons why I was drawn to the Anglican churches in New Haven, and how a Protestant theology led me to question the Reformation movement. Interestingly, as I look into the history of Gordon-Conwell, I realized that it used to be a Catholic school, however, due to financial strains, the school's premise was sold and later established as a Protestant seminary. Well, that might just be a coincidence.

Anyway, pardon all the rambling, I just really don't know how to resolve this issue. Apparently, I am not yet ready to just denounce Protestant churches and claim that I have enough reason to become Catholic. However, this feeling of 'I don't know which church to attend on Sundays' is not what I wanted...Today, I declined my friend's invitation for me to visit her church for I really cannot agree with its beliefs, and all of a sudden I realized that apart from the Episcopal churches, I have no where to go. But again, how can I attend a church that was founded on a man's tantrum to divorce his wife?

Indeed, ignorance is bliss...thanks to the class, I feel homeless spiritually now...

The purpose of email is really not to burden you with my problems, I just really need to talk to someone about it, and you are the nicest person I know with whom I can discuss matters like this I'm really confused and don't know what to do... I feel like apart from reading more books and praying, there's really nothing more I can do

Please don't feel obliged to provide me with any answers, I understand that this is quite a ridiculous email...

Anyway, wish you an awesome summer ahead and keep in touch!

Best,
Yusu

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