I’ve heard this line often in my lifetime, that it’s all about perspective. I’ve learned that to a significant degree, it is true, especially when it comes to church history. As an example, check out these rather satirical quotes from professors at Duke that i found here:
Protestants on Catholics:
“The Catholic church is like an attic where a bunch of rubbish is stored; but sort through it and there’s hidden treasure buried deep under all the crap.”
Catholics on Protestants:
“Protestants are content with so little; they took a few things like the bible and a few doctrines they think come from the bible alone, but they discarded all the rich treasures of the church, like Siberians tossing off babies to the ravenous wolves behind them.”
While i obviously disagree with each view entirely, i do think that each quote rather humorously points out our myopic tendencies.