Conversion and Converts (Catholic) (Index Page for Dave Armstrong)

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[published in 2013]

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INDIVIDUAL CONVERSIONS

G. K. Chesterton’s Conversion Story [1991; posted to Facebook on 1-27-17; published by The Coming Home Network Newsletter in the late 90s]

Ronald Knox’s Conversion Story [1991; posted to Facebook on 1-27-17; published by The Coming Home Network Newsletter in the late 90s]

Malcolm Muggeridge’s Conversion Story [1991; posted to Facebook on 1-27-17; published by The Coming Home Network Newsletter in the late 90s]

Why I Returned to the Catholic Church; Including a Searching Examination of Various Flaws and Errors in the Protestant Worldview and Approach to Christian Living (Al Kresta) [transcript of his talk in my home, 26 April 1992]

Anti-Newman Rhetoric in Anti-Catholic Polemics [9-27-05]

On Irrational Hostility to Conversion Stories (Esp. Scott Hahn’s) [3-3-06]

Reply (at His Request) to James White’s Aspersions Upon Dr. Francis Beckwith with Regard to the Latter’s Return to the Catholic Church [5-6-07; posted to Facebook on 2-20-17]

Fifteen Conversion Stories (in my book, Catholic Converts and Conversion: 2013)

Cardinal Newman’s Conversion Odyssey, in His Own Words (September 1839 to December 1845) [3-19-15] [see also the Spanish version (shorter version) ]

Malcolm Muggeridge: The Iconoclast (Links Page) [4-18-16]

Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman: “Father” of Vatican II (Links Page) [4-18-16]

G. K. Chesterton: The “Colossal Genius” (Links Page) [4-18-16]

Malcolm Muggeridge & Mother Teresa: A Blessed, Fruitful Meeting (9-6-16)

MY METHODIST AND PAGAN YEARS / EVANGELICAL CONVERSION (1977)

My “Romantic / Imaginative” Conversion to Christianity [1997; slightly revised on 9-19-03 & slightly edited & expanded on 9-23-15]

Gratefulness for My Evangelical Protestant Background [3-18-08]

My Two Conversions: Interview with Spanish Journalist Itxu Díaz [3-31-11]

My Nature-Mystic, Occultic, Practical Atheist  Period (1967-1977) [7-27-11]

Dialogue with a Friendly Atheist #1: My Pagan / Occultic Period (+ Circumstances and Factors Regarding my Evangelical Conversion in 1977 at Age 18 and Catholic Conversion at Age 32) [8-3-17]

[see also the earlier portions of my ten-part conversion story in the next section below]

MY CATHOLIC CONVERSION (1990)

My Odyssey from Evangelicalism to Catholicism [9 December 1990 / revised: July 1992 / expanded: 1993. My draft of what was later somewhat edited and included in Patrick Madrid’s 1994 runaway bestseller book, Surprised by Truth] [see also the Spanish version]

150 Reasons Why I am a Catholic [1992; revised 9-28-05] [see also the Spanish version (1992 original) and Portugese version]

How Newman Convinced Me to Become a Catholic [1996; published in Latin Mass Magazine and Coming Home Newsletter] [see also the Spanish version and Portugese version]

My Catholic Conversion (Radio Interview with Al Kresta) (free download of the audio also available) [9-8-97]

Radio Interview: My Conversion Story,  with Al Kresta, Kresta in the Afternoon [4-30-02; free download]

Radio Interview: My conversion story, with Steve Wood, of Faith and Family Live [7-10-03; free download]

Epistemology of My Catholic Conversion + My (Protestant) Letter to Karl Keating in 1990 / How I Became an Apologist [4-25-04]

White’s & Hays’ Anti-Catholic Analyses of My Catholic Conversion [Dec. 2004; added dialogue from 2-21-17; additional citations added on 2-24-18]

My Catholic Conversion in a Nutshell [5-1-06]

My Conversion: Not Due to Hostility to Evangelicalism [9-9-06]

My Supposed “Hybrid” Post-Conversion Faith [9-19-06]

Yet Another James White Hit Piece / Correction of Erroneous Blurb Concerning My Catholic Conversion [9-7-07; posted to Facebook on 2-20-17]

Am I a “Protestantizing” Catholic (Formerly “Catholicizing” Protestant)? [7-24-08]

My Earliest Catholic Apologetics (1990-1995) [1-5-11]

My Two Conversions: Interview with Spanish Journalist Itxu Díaz [3-31-11]

My Conversion: Apathy, Occult, Evangelicalism, & Catholicism (Ten Parts):

Part One: Nominal Methodism, Occult, and the Seeds of a Serious Christian Commitment (1958 – early 1970s)

Part Two: Nature Mysticism, Romanticism, Bible Movies, and the “Great Depression” (1968-1977)

Part Three: Evangelical “Born-Again” (?) Experience, More Lukewarmness, and Personal Revival (1977-1982)

Part Four: Apologetics, Abundant Evangelical Blessings, and Protestant Evangelistic Campus Ministry (1983-1989)

Part Five: Collapse of My Protestant Ministry: Disillusionment and the End of One Chapter of My Life, But with Faith Intact (1985-1989)

Part Six: Pro-Life Rescue Movement, Letter to Karl Keating, My Ecumenical Gatherings, & the First “Domino”: Contraception (1988-1990)

Part Seven: Ecclesiology (the Church), the “Protestant Myth” of Church History, and My Vehement Opposition to Catholic Infallibility (1990)

Part Eight: Bombshell and Paradigm Shift: Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman’s Essay on the Development of Christian Doctrine (1990)

Part Nine: The Slow But Inevitable Paradigm Shift, Fr. John A. Hardon, and Another View of the “Reformation” (1990)

Part Ten: Thomas Howard & Liturgy, My New Catholic Apologetics Career, and the Long-Awaited Fulfillment of My Calling (1990-1991)

Radio Interview: My conversion story,  with Al Kresta, Kresta in the Afternoon [4-14-14; free download]

Why This “Jesus Freak” Became a Catholic (published at Catholic365 on 22 March 2015)

“Five Minute Version” of My Conversion to Catholicism [Facebook, 5-28-17]

Dialogue with a Friendly Atheist #1: My Pagan / Occultic Period (+ Circumstances and Factors Regarding my Evangelical Conversion in 1977 at Age 18 and Catholic Conversion at Age 32) [8-3-17]
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GENERAL OBSERVATIONS AND INFORMATION

Catholic Conversion: Classic Analyses (Chesterton, Belloc, Pelikan) [1991]

Random Thoughts on Conversion to Catholicism [5-13-03; posted to Facebook on 2-21-17]

Catholic Converts’ Qualms: Mariology, Formal Worship, Etc. [2-11-04; some new recommended links added on 5-2-17]

Conversion to Catholicism: Reflections on its Complexity [9-7-05]

Catholic Fundamentalism and “Insufficiently Converted Catholics” [2-21-06; posted to Facebook on 2-21-17]

Potential Converts One Way or Another: My “Hands Off” Approach [7-1-06; posted to Facebook on 1-27-17]

Recommended Books For New or Prospective Catholic Converts [11-26-07; posted to Facebook on 9-1-17]

Vatican II on Effectively Sharing the Fullness of Catholic Faith [2-18-08]

Ruminations on the Pain and Difficulty of Mixed (Catholic-Protestant) Marriages [5-7-08; posted to Facebook on 8-19-17]

“Official” Catholic Use of the Term “Convert” to Describe Non-Catholic Christians Who Are Received Into the Church [4-6-09; posted to Facebook on 5-2-17]

Augustine’s Confessions: Model for Conversion Stories [6-10-09]

Should Catholics Try to Persuade Protestants? [5-25-16]

Carl E. Olson on the [Sometimes] Cradle / Convert Split (with long comment from me) [Facebook, 9-2-17]

Catholic Ecumenism + Apologetics (James Swan’s Cluelessness) [11-18-17]
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C. S LEWIS AND CATHOLICISM

C. S. Lewis’ Belfast Childhood & Contra-Catholicism [6-26-12]

Why Didn’t C. S. Lewis Become a Catholic? [8-29-14]

Dialogue on Why C. S. Lewis Didn’t “Pope” [9-1-15]

C. S. Lewis vs. St. Paul on Future Binding Church Authority [National Catholic Register, 1-22-17]

PROTESTANT ANALYSES OF CATHOLIC CONVERSION (AND MY COUNTER-REPLIES)

Is This Why You Converted to Catholicism? (vs. Steve Schlissel) [3-6-04; posted to Facebook on 2-21-17]

Latest Wiseacre Theory on Catholic Conversion: Filthy Lucre [7-15-04; posted to Facebook on 2-21-17]

Conversion to Catholicism: Is It Usually Primarily Emotional and Due to “Reaction”, or Rational / Doctrinal? [9-11-04; posted to Facebook on 8-19-17]

Did I Convert to Catholicism Because of Gross Ignorance of Protestant Theology, or Sufficient Knowledge and Therefore, “Knowing Deception”? (James White’s Two Contradictory Theories) [December 2004; posted to Facebook on 2-21-17]

Catholic Conversion: Some Silly Protestant “Analyses” and My Usual Turning-of-the-Tables / Dr. Mark Noll’s Comparison of Converts to and from Catholicism [3-30-04 and 9-26-05; posted to Facebook on 8-12-17]

My Conversion: Not Due to Hostility to Evangelicalism [9-9-06]

James White’s Top Ten Questions for “Romanist” Converts Answered [9-4-07]

Am I a “Protestantizing” Catholic (Formerly “Catholicizing” Protestant)? [7-24-08]

How Protestants Explain (or Explain Away) Conversions to Catholicism: a Collection of Links [9-27-10] *

Steve Ray Converted to Catholicism to Make More Money? [Facebook, 1-27-17]

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 Last updated: 20 April 2018.
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