Crisis Magazine has an interesting piece on anti-Catholic Robert Dabney's 1894 writings:
Consider Dabney's thoughts regarding theological liberalism, which expressed skepticism toward miracles and traditional orthodox teachings on God and man. He writes: "When the atheistic doctrine begins to bear its natural fruits of license, insubordination, communism, and anarchy... democratic Protestantism does not know how to rebuke them." Indeed, already recognizing the fruits of liberalism, Dabney rightly saw that "rationalistic and skeptical Protestantism" was giving "license to dogmatize at the bidding of every caprice, every impulse of vanity, every false philosophy. The result has been a diversity and confusion of pretended creeds and theologies among nominal Protestants which perplexes and frightens sincere, but timid, minds." One need look no further than mainline Protestantism's embrace of the sexual revolution to see this in action, as churches accept homosexual and transgender bishops; or their rejection of the traditional trinitarian dogma; or their "feminization" of the word "amen."
In contrast, Dabney observed, "Rome proposes herself as the stable advocate of obedience, order, and permanent authority throughout the ages." Catholicism, despite its theological infighting, remained faithful to the historic, conciliar teachings of the magisterium. Despite its abuses, the Presbyterian could appreciate that it retained "a strong organ of church discipline, and is employed as such in every Romish chapel." Moreover, unlike the emotivist individualism of Protestantism, and especially evangelicalism, Rome "works her system with the steadiness and perseverance which used to characterize pastoral effort and family religion among Presbyterians." How ironic to read a Presbyterian bemoaning that Catholics are acting the way his co-religionists used to act!
(Read Casey Chalk's entire piece: https://www.crisismagazine.com/2021/the-anti-catholic-who-predicted-american-catholicisms-rise)
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