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Short answer: no, it's not a fair assessment, particularly in light of what the Church itself professes. The assertion being made is much like asserting that the Soldiers aren't really the Army, but that the Generals are. As such, it takes on the character of a false dichotomy and is a flawed premise, since the Church as it exists isn't an either-or ...
In Catholic Canon Law, there is a term that applies: a mixed marriage. A mixed marriage is one in which one person is a Catholic and the other has been baptized into another Christian denomination. This isn't specific to Protestants, of course, it applies to any non-Catholic Christian denomination.
I think this is simply because English has changed. In modern English "faith of Christ" would mean that faith that Christ had, whereas "faith in Christ" expresses the need to put faith in Christ, i.e. to trust in Christ for salvation. I have no doubt that the translators of the King James were trying to express the same meaning when using "faith of Christ" ...
The word "miracle" comes from a Latin word which might be translated more directly as "wonder". It's a thing which causes you to be amazed. In this broader sense, yes, both the atheist and the centurion can be said to have experienced something miraculous. There are four words in the Greek of the New Testament that give a more Christian nuance to the idea ...
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