Word, Church and Sacraments in Protestantism and Catholicism
a theological classic. It seeks to foster unity and deeper
understanding among Christians by comparing the Catholic and
Protestant views of Scripture, Church authority, and the Sacraments.
Bouyer, one of the greatest theologians of the 20th century and a
convert from Protestantism, contributed significantly to the movement
out of which came the Second Vatican Council's efforts to promote
Christian unity. In The
Word, Church and Sacraments,
he shows how Catholic teaching is often misunderstood by Catholics
and Protestants alike, and how this teaching is fundamentally
compatible with key positive elements of Reformation thought. He also
examines the main points of disagreement between Catholicism and
Protestantism, and demonstrates how Catholicism, properly understood,
maintains the theological balance necessary to uphold some of the
main truths on which Catholics and Protestants agree.