Philinda AU Challenge List (Claimed AU’s)
1) Haveievermentioned - Magical Creature AU
2) sunshine-and-pie - Mob Boss/ Special Agent AU
3) fangirl-extra-ordinaire - Single Dad/Teacher AU
4) Stillaslavetothisdream - Famous Band AU
5) Philindaaa - Circus AU
6) badassblackwidowcavalry - Werewolves AU
7) Itsareallynicebus - Greek God/Pandora’s box AU
8) wizfrong - WW2 China
9) OTP-avenger - The Mentalist AU
Heh, I just realized I am (hopefully) going to be on a plane on the seventh. I can queue my post, no problem, but odd coincidence.
I can move yours to a later date. It’s not a problem.
AHH I’M SO EXCITED FOR THAT.
I KNOW, RIGHT?
Okay, so today I had a kind of shitty day… Just one of those days when you’re kind of annoyed with the world, and every tiny thing that goes wrong does.
You ever have one of those days?
Chances are, you probably have, or at least a bad day. So, I’m proposing we have a Philinda Bad Day Club.
The idea of Philinda Bad Day Club is that, any time one of our agents is having a bad day, they can send a message or write a post tagging #philinda bad day and they will be written a positive message, and have people send them love and write/make them things to cheer them up. I keep seeing people having tough times in this fandom, and some pick-me-up fic or artwork just to make someone smile makes a big difference. If I get enough likes and reblogs on this post saying it’s a good idea, I’ll look into setting this up.
at least 300 /PAGES/?! That’s a bit long for a fanfic… … … ;)
Sorry, woodswolf , I meant 300 WORDS.
(And, agentsofoakenshield1701, we have a Star Trek AU open…)
The differences between Catholicism and evangelical Protestants are important and significant.
One of the first major differences between Catholicism and Protestantism is the issue of the sufficiency and authority of Scripture. Protestants believe that the Bible alone is the source of God’s special revelation to mankind and teaches us all that is necessary for our salvation from sin. Protestants view the Bible as the standard by which all Christian behavior must be measured. Catholics reject the doctrine of sola scriptura and do not believe that the Bible alone is sufficient. They believe that both the Bible and sacred Roman Catholic tradition are equally binding upon the Christian. Many Roman Catholics doctrines, such as purgatory, praying to the saints, worship or veneration of Mary, etc., have little or no basis in Scripture but are based solely on Roman Catholic traditions. Essentially, the Roman Catholic Church’s denial of sola scriptura and its insistence that both the Bible and tradition are equal in authority undermine the sufficiency, authority, and completeness of the Bible. The view of Scripture is at the root of many, if not all, of the differences between Catholics and Protestants.
Another disagreement between Catholicism and Protestantism is over the office and authority of the Pope. According to Catholicism the Pope is the “Vicar of Christ” (a vicar is a substitute) and takes the place of Jesus as the visible head of the Church. As such, the Pope has the ability to speak ex cathedra (with authority on matters of faith and practice), making his teachings infallible and binding upon all Christians. On the other hand, Protestants believe that no human being is infallible and that Christ alone is the Head of the Church. Catholics rely on apostolic succession as a way of trying to establish the Pope’s authority. Protestants believe that the church’s authority comes not from apostolic succession but from the Word of God. Spiritual power and authority do not rest in the hands of a mere man but in the very Word of God. While Catholicism teaches that only the Catholic Church can properly interpret the Bible, Protestants believe that the Bible teaches God sent the Holy Spirit to indwell all born-again believers, enabling all believers to understand the message of the Bible.
A third major difference between Catholicism and Protestantism is how one is saved. Another of the five solas of the Reformation is sola fide (“faith alone”), which affirms the biblical doctrine of justification by grace alone through faith alone because of Christ alone (Ephesians 2:8–10). However, Catholics teach that the Christian must rely on faith plus “meritorious works” in order to be saved. Essential to the Roman Catholic doctrine of salvation are the Seven Sacraments, which are baptism, confirmation, the Eucharist, penance, anointing of the sick, holy orders, and matrimony. Protestants believe that, on the basis of faith in Christ alone, believers are justified by God, as all their sins are paid for by Christ on the cross and His righteousness is imputed to them. Catholics, on the other hand, believe that Christ’s righteousness is imparted to the believer by “grace through faith,” but in itself is not sufficient to justify the believer. The believer must supplement the righteousness of Christ imparted to him with meritorious worksA fourth major difference between Catholics and Protestants has to do with what happens after death. Both believe that unbelievers will spend eternity in hell, but there are significant differences about what happens to believers. From their church traditions and their reliance on non-canonical books, the Catholics have developed the doctrine of purgatory. Purgatory, according to theCatholic Encyclopedia, is a “place or condition of temporal punishment for those who, departing this life in God’s grace, are not entirely free from venial faults, or have not fully paid the satisfaction due to their transgressions.” On the other hand, Protestants believe that because we are justified by faith in Christ alone and that Christ’s righteousness is imputed to us—when we die, we will go straight to heaven to be in the presence of the Lord.
I feel like this is written with a strong bias against Catholicism. To be fair, I’d love to hear a Catholic’s (one more well-versed in the Catechism than myself) side to this. fatherangel, collegecatholic, catholic-inspiration, iheartbeingacatholic, awkwardcatholic, anyone?
(I meant to post this a few days ago, but got busy with moving into college, so here you go!)
*cracks knuckles and apologizes in advance for how long this response is*
Overall, I think that this is a pretty good representation of what the main differences are between Protestant Christianity and Catholic Christianity. In response to the second question, Catholics and Protestants are all Christians, and should be treated as such. The reason that there is not one, united Church is because people decided that the authority of the Catholic Church was incorrect based on their personal beliefs, or in some cases the errors they saw in Church teachings, so they decided to split from the Catholic Church, beginning with Martin Luther in the 1500s. In recent decades, Christianity has become a free-for-all with different denominations popping up all over the place, being invented by pastors who believe that their Christianity is the right Christianity. I don’t mean any disrespect by this statement—as I said before, we are all Christians—I just mean that there is so much disunity now because people took not faith, but religion into their own hands. The Catholic Church was the Church that Jesus established when he said, “You are Peter and upon this rock I will build My church” (Matthew 16:18). This is the same verse, by the way, where Jesus instituted the apostolic succession that Catholics (and some Protestant denominations) believe in, and explains why Catholics hold the pope in such high regard. No, we don’t worship him. We do, however, respect him highly because he is the apostolic successor of Saint Peter, the first pope, chosen by the Holy Spirit to do the Will of God.
Now, a few other points, the first of which is really a main difference between Protestant and Catholic Christianity: sola scriptura, or “Scripture only.” This is the idea, as explained above, that only Scripture (aka the Bible) can save a soul—that Scripture alone has the “words to live by,” for lack of a better phrase. I’ve been reading a really great book that I highly recommend to anyone called Rome Sweet Home by Scott Hahn. It’s basically about his journey from being vehemently Anti-Catholic to fully embracing the Catholic Church. In one portion, he writes about his realization that “sola scriptura” is actually not supported by the Bible, but rather “sola verbum Dei,” which means, “the Word of God alone.” In the book, pages 71-76 or so explain this all really well, but here’s a passage that briefly covers this idea:
“’I think the primary issue is what the Scripture teaches about the Word of God, for nowhere does it reduce God’s Word down to Scripture alone. Instead, the Bible tells us in many places that God’s authoritative Word is to be found in the Church: her Tradition (2 Th 2:15; 3:6) as well as her preaching and teaching (1 Pet 1:25; 2 Pet 1:20-21; Mt 18:17). That’s why I think the Bible supports the Catholic principle of sola verbum Dei, “the Word of God alone”, rather than the Protestant slogan, sola scriptura, “Scripture alone”.’” (pg 74, Rome Sweet Home)
Here are those Bible verses for reference:
2 Thessalonians 2:15: ‘So then, brothers and sisters, stand firm and hold fast to the teachings we passed on to you, whether by word of mouth or by letter.’
2 Thessalonians 3:6: ‘In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, we command you, brothers and sisters, to keep away from every believer who is idle and disruptive and does not live according to the teaching you received from us.’
1 Peter 1:25: ‘but the word of the Lord endures forever.’
2 Peter 1:20-21: ‘But know this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture is a matter of one’s own interpretation, for no prophecy was ever made by an act of human will, but men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God.’
Matthew 18:17: ‘If they still refuse to listen, tell it to the church; and if they refuse to listen even to the church, treat them as you would a pagan or a tax collector.’
Another point on Scripture, is that a lot of Catholic teachings are actually referenced in the Bible (some in books that Reformists took out of the original, Catholic Bible and called apocryphal to suit their needs), although some not by name. For instance, purgatory. Though not mentioned by name, the idea of purgatory exists in the Bible, starting with 2 Maccabees 12:46: ‘Thus he made atonement for the dead that they might be freed from sin.’ The Jewish people offered sacrifices and prayed for their dead, showing that they “believed in a place where they could be helped and that the prayers of their living brothers and sisters could help them in that place.” (http://www.aboutcatholics.com/beliefs/where-is-purgatory-in-the-bible/) There are also references in the New Testament. Matthew 5:26 and Luke 12:59 say, ‘Truly I tell you, you will not get out until you have paid the last penny.” This can’t be referring to Heaven, where the price has already been paid, nor Hell, where the debt is permanent and there is no liberation.
To further this point, I’d like to point out that the word “trinity” is also not explicitly said in the Bible, yet all Christians believe in the unity of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. If this word is accepted, why not “purgatory” if the concept is there?
The intercession of the saints is harder concept for Protestants to understand, mostly because they tend to believe that those in Heaven are in Heaven and have no influence on the world here on Earth. Catholics, on the other hand, believe that the saints are those already in Heaven, fully united with God, yet they can still pray for others. We ask for their intercession as we would ask a friend to pray for us; it’s all God’s Will, but wouldn’t it feel good to know that you have a friend in a high place praying for you?
As today is the Feast of the Assumption, I thought that I would also mention Mary. We don’t worship her, but we respect her as Jesus respected her, as she was the mother of God incarnate. She clearly was someone set apart from the rest of humanity, chosen specifically for this task of bringing Christ into the world. We see the respect that Jesus had for her at the wedding at Cana: Jesus listens and follows every word that Mary says. Jesus didn’t originally want to perform the miracle, for “When the wine ran short, the mother of Jesus said to him, ‘They have no wine.’ (And) Jesus said to her, ‘Woman, how does your concern affect me? My hour has not yet come.’ His mother said to the server, ‘Do whatever he tells you’” (John 2:3-5), and He goes on to perform the miracle of turning water into wine. If Jesus listened to Mary, should we not consider her importance in His story?
As far as the sola fide doctrine goes, while Ephesians 2:8-9 says, ‘For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by work, so that no one can boast,’ Ephesians 2:10 goes on to say, ‘For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.’ In addition, James 2:14-18 says, ‘What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.’ You can read on further in the chapter if you want, it explains it even better, but I think that this is sufficient to explain the Catholic beliefs in works.
This was pretty long, but I hope that this helped explain in more depth some of the differences we have, but also how we are similar. We all believe that the Word of God is alive and present in Scripture, and we all believe that Christ came to save us from our sins by death on the cross, and then rising on the third day. I pray for the day that we all join as one Church again. God bless!
Speaking as a non Christian, but one who has studied your faith for a few years, this is my take on the matter if it assists anyone.
If I were to one day be a Christian (for the sake of this example) I would be a Catholic and this is why. A Protestant has the Scripture of your faith, but it is like sitting all alone in an empty library with just that one book and your own intellect to guide you.
Whilst Catholicism on the other hand.. is a warm, well lit and bustling library full of life and rows upon rows of shelfs with books written by Champions of your faith that have come down through the centuries to pass on their wisdom and knowledge.
Not to mention the over flowing presence of Priests dedicated solely to probing the depths of your faith and are there to assist you, like a deep well of delicious water to quench the thrist for knowledge and insight into how your faith can color and deepen your life.
AU ideas for the Philinda AU challenge (In case you want to join and are stuck for ideas)
1) Harry Potter AU
2) Steampunk AU
3) Bioshock AU (Big Daddy/Big Sister relationship? Human taking care of a splicer? There’s a LOT of angst to be mined)
4) Lantern AU (DC has lanterns that are tied to emotions. They travel around space to fight evil… or are evil)
5) Mad Scientist AU
6) Witch/Wizard AU
7) Time Travel AU
8) Old West AU
9) Ghost Hunter AU
10) Muse and Poet AU Taken! 11) Star Trek AU Taken!
12) Magical Girl AU
13) My Little Pony AU
14) Civil War AU (ACTUAL Civil War, not Marvel)
15) Final Fantasy AU
16) Vampire AU
17) HGTV AU
18) Clothes Designer AU
19) Punk AU
20) Sleepy Hollow AU
21) Animal Crossing AU
22) Legend of Zelda AU
23) Mass Effect AU
24) College AU
25) Cat AU
For every day in September until the premiere date someone will write an AU that’s at least 300 WORDS.
There’s a few minor rules (which I’ll reiterate when we get closer to the date) , but the big one is it must be a vastly different universe. It can’t be “May meets Tony Stark instead of Phil AU”. It’s more like “1776 Revolutionary War AU” or “Star Wars AU”
If you want to join, either pick an AU or I’ll pick one for you. We’d love to have you!