Theological Abstrusity: Protestantism’s Glaring Failure

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In the first 500 years of its existence, the Church authoritatively settled many issues such as Jewish law requirements (Council of Jerusalem – Acts 15), Christ’s deity (Council of Nicene – A.D. 325), the canon of Scripture (Council of Rome – A.D. 382), the dual natures of Jesus (Council of Chalcedon – A.D. 456), etc.

In contrast, it’s been over 500 years since Martin Luther launched his “Reformation” based on the ideal of Scriptural authority alone and rather than unite the Church, it has caused nearly constant schism resulting in hundreds of disagreeing denominations. Luther’s optimistic statement above, has been proven decisively false, bearing witness that sola scriptura (the Protestant’s foundation for schism with the Church) is a theological failure.

If this claim seems overreaching, below is a list of the continuing theological debates within Protestantism which are significant due to theological / ethical importance (e.g., salvation or morality), pedigree (e.g., academic or popular), or position variance (whether quantitative or qualitative). For the sake of brevity, I stopped at 75.

1.  Abortion
2.  Adam’s Historicity*
3.  Alcohol Consumption
4.  Apologetic Method*
5.  Bible Application
6.  Baptism*
7.  Biblical Authorship
8.  Biblical Higher Criticism
9.  Biblical Inerrancy*
10.  Christ’s Atonement*
11.  Christian Education
12.  Christian Spirituality
13.  Church Definition
14.  Church Government
15.  Church Growth*
16.  Communion*
17.  Contraception
18.  Covenant Theology*
19.  Creationism*
20.  Creeds and Councils
21.  Destiny of the Unevangelized*
22.  Dispensationalism*
23.  Divine Foreknowledge*
24.  Eastern Orthodoxy and Evangelicalism*
25.  Predestination
26.  Entertainment
27.  Essentials of the Faith
28.  Eternal Security*
29.  Evangelicalism’s Definition
30.  Evolution*
31.  Faith’s Definition
32.  Faith’s and Reason
33.  Family Ministry
34.  Free Grace Salvation
35.  Free Will
36.  God’s Will*
37.  God and Time*
38.  God’s Providence*
39.  God’s Attributes*
40.  Gospel Conditions
41.  Hell*
42.  Hermeneutics
43.  Judaism and Christianity
44.  Justification*
45.  Law and Gospel*
46.  Marriage / Divorce / Remarriage*
47.  The Millenium
48.  Mind-Body Problem*
49.  Miracles / Gifts*
50.  Natural Law
51.  New Testament Use of the Old Testament*
52.  Old Testament Genocide*
53.  Old Testament Canon
54.  Pauline Soteriology*
55.  Paul’s Status in Rom. 7
56.  Peter’s Importance
57.  Prosperity Gospel
58.  Psychology
59.  Purgatory
60.  Rapture Timing*
61.  Revelation Interpretation*
62.  Sabbath Observance
63.  Salvific Pluralism*
64.  Sanctification*
65.  Science and Religion*
66.  Social Activities
67.  Spiritual Gifts
68.  Spiritual Warfare
69.  Tithing
70.  War*
71.  Warnings in Hebrews*
72.  Women in Ministry*
73.  Works and Judgment*
74.  Worship Styles*
75.  Youth Ministry*

*Indicates that the topic even has its own multiview debate book(s) such as these:

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