Why Cafeteria Catholicism (or any type of choose your own Christianity) was unthinkable in the early Church

At the time of the apostles a Christian was bound to take without doubting all that the Apostles declared to be revealed; if the Apostles spoke, he had to yield to an internal assent of his mind…immediate, implicit submission of the mind was the only necessary token of faith. No one could say, “I will choose my religion for myself, I will believe this, I will not believe that; I will pledge myself to nothing. I will believe just as long as I please and no longer; what I believe today I will reject tomorrow if I choose, I will believe what the Apostles have as yet said, but I will not believe what they say in the time to come.” No, either the apostles were from God or they were not, if they were, everything they preached was to believed..if they were not, there was nothing for their hearers to believe. To believe a little, or to believe more or less was impossible. It contradicted the very notion of believing.”

By convert from Anglicanism Venerable John Henry Cardinal Newman

Hat Tip: Standing on My Head (written by a former Anglican minister who converted to the Catholic Church)

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One thought on “Why Cafeteria Catholicism (or any type of choose your own Christianity) was unthinkable in the early Church

  1. Nope. Both Acts and the Pauline letters describe theological variation in the early church, especially in how the church should admit gentiles. This occurred even after the Apostles had weighed in on these matters. Paul records how even he and Peter argued about this publicly in Antioch (Galatians 2:11-14) after the theology was “settled” by the Council of Jerusalem (Galatians 2:1-10).

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