“Journeys of Faith: Evangelicalism, Eastern Orthodoxy, Catholicism and Anglicanism”

That it is the title of the forthcoming book of which I am one of the four main authors. I present an account of my return to Catholicism (touching on several issues not touched on in my 2009 book, Return to Rome: Confessions of An Evangelical Catholic). My chapter is followed by a response by Gregg R. Allison of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. I then in turn reply to Allison in a small chapter. The other three authors each provide accounts of their pilgrimages from one Christian tradition to another: Chris Castaldo (Evangelicaism), Lyle Dorsett (Anglicanism), and Wilbur Ellsworth (Eastern Orthodoxy). And just like my contribution, each of the others is followed by a respondent to which he too replies. The respondents for Castaldo, Dorsett, and Ellsworth are respectively Brad Gregory of the University of Notre Dame, Robert Peterson of Covenant Seminary, and Craig Blaising of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Slated for release in January 2012, the publisher, Zondervan, has just published the following about the book on its website:

Journeys of Faith tours the theological migrations taking place within the Christian tradition today. Converts to Catholicism, Orthodoxy, Evangelicalism and Anglicanism explain why they changed their religious affiliation, and responders defend their decision to remain true to the traditions in which they first came to faith.

Research indicates that on average, Americans change their religious affiliation at least once during their lives. Today, a number of evangelical Christians are converting to Catholicism, Eastern Orthodoxy and Anglicanism. Longtime Evangelicals often fail to understand the attraction of these non-Evangelical Christian traditions.

Journeys of Faith examines the movement between these traditions from various angles. Four prominent converts to Eastern Orthodoxy, Catholicism, Evangelicalism and Anglicanism describe their new faith traditions and their spiritual journeys into them. Response chapters offer respectful critiques.

Contributors include Wilbur Ellsworth (Eastern Orthodoxy), with a response by Craig Blaising; Francis J. Beckwith (Roman Catholicism), with Gregg Allison responding; Chris Castaldo (Evangelicalism) and Brad Gregory’s Catholic response; and Lyle Dorsett (Anglicanism), with a response by Greg Thorbury.

This book will provide readers with first-hand accounts of thoughtful Christians changing religious affiliation or remaining true to the traditions they have always known. Pastors, counselors and students of theology will gain a wealth of insight into current faith migration within the church today.

  • Alan

    I can’t imagine anyone converting to Anglicanism. They have tried to please everyone and ended up with nothing. It is a hollow husk of what it was 30-40 years ago. But whatever floats your ark…

  • PMG


    In general, I can see it, as I tried it for a while. It was, for me “Catholic lite.” You get the sense of awe in the liturgy, the old musty smells and great architechture (man, they really have some nice old churches), a semblance of olde tyme tradition (for a country 200 years old, the 1500′s is ancient history), and still be within the Protestant circumfrence.

    Of course I don’t know the reasons the author in question is doing so, and don’t mean to infer that his reasons were my reasons.

    Your point is well taken though.

    A similar, yet disimiar book came out around ’05 entitled Exodus: Why Americans are Fleeing Liberal Churches, which gives the stories of people leaving “mainline churchs” (which Anglicanisim is one) for one of three places: Orthodoxy, Evangelical churches, and where I ended up, Catholicisim.


  • http://thecornerwithaview.blogspot.com Julie Robison

    I’m looking forward to this book!

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