Originally Posted by otc
You know they are named after Martin Luther right? As in the dude who nailed his 95 theses to the wall of the catholic church and said "fuck da pope"? Kicked off the protestant reformation and got his ass excommunicated.
It's not like I learned this in confirmation class (I went there for the pizza and epic foosball games only)...this all came from history classes.
That's a pretty poor way to frame his point, and it really only works if you take a rigid, rather than fluid, view of "Catholicness."
Lutheranism, being a first stab at Protestantism, is absolutely going to look a lot like Catholicism to people who were raised in a modern Protestant church. I mean, Catholicism was the groundwork from which they were working, and there hadn't been much time for Protestant churches to innovate, so to speak. It's the same reason the first cars produced looked a lot more like horse buggies than a modern Chevy.
So, yeah, it might sound funny to say that Lutheranism is "pretty close" to Catholicism, what with the former being a Protestant denomination and all, but it makes sense from the perspective of someone used to a Protestant denomination that arose many years after the first set of Protestant churches. A lot of the denominations that trace back to the earliest parts of the Reformation are
"more Catholic" than much of what's out there today.