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CALL OF DUTY Do Catholics and Protestants view evangelism differently? We posed this question to one Protestant and one Catholic, asking them to discuss over email. Here’s their exchange:

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The Evangelical Church has been in a bit of a state of flux for the last 10 years in a lot of ways. We aren’t quite as counter-cultural as we were in the '80s and '90s, and we aren’t waiting with baited breath for “the end days” anymore either. Another thing that is changing is how we evangelize. I remember being encouraged to save as many souls as I could when I While there was in middle school. So I’d try to get people to say the sinner’s prayer so they’d go to heaven and talk about are certainly how bad hell was going to be if they didn’t, in order to convince them. A lot of Christians don’t believe this is dynamic the way to go anymore. They believe that we should Catholic talk more about the good news than scare people with threats of hell. But we’ve also started to take evangepreachers, lism less seriously than we used to. In trying to figure theologians, out what evangelism should look like for my generation of "evangelicals," and how much we should emphasize and apologists, it, I wonder if you have any wisdom to share?

Clay (the Catholic): Catholics use the term “evangelization” as opposed to “evangelism” though they both have the same meaning: sharing the Good News and going out to make disciples. While there are certainly dynamic Catholic preachers, theologians, and apologists, the Catholic approach has traditionally been more humble and less “public” than that of our Protestant brothers and sis-

the Catholic approach has traditionally been more humble and less “public.”

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