Two Evangelical seminarian conversion stories.

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The one is of a Southern Baptist seminarian, who was received into the Church on the Feast of Pentecost. He presents his story anonymously here. The other is of Joshua Lim, who graduated this Spring with an MA in historical theology from Westminster Theological Seminary in California. (Warning: suppress the impulse to refer to the latter's conversion as "Limsanity." Thank you.) … [Read more...]

Mormonisn, Calvinism, Catholicism, oh my: Webb reviews Mouw

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(HT: John W. Morehead)On the Books & Culture website, Stephen H. Webb reviews Richard Mouw's latest book, Talking with Mormons: An Invitation to Evangelicals. Steve and Rich are both friends of mine. Here's how the review begins: Richard Mouw, president of Fuller Theological Seminary, has two goals in this book. First, he wants evangelicals to stop demonizing Mormons. Second, he wants Mormons to be more Calvinist in their theology.With the first goal—which will certainly provoke di … [Read more...]

When the Saint Goes Swearing: Mormonism and the Romney Candidacy

In 2007, I published an article at First Thing's On the Square, "When the Saint Goes Swearing In." It was a review essay of Hugh Hewitt's 2007 book, A Mormon in the White House? Given the scuttlebutt over comments made by the gentleman who introduced Governor Rick Perry at the Value Values Summit last year, the Rev. Robert Jeffress (Pastor, First Baptist Church, Dallas), as well as the strange stuff emanating from MSNBC,  my First Things review essay has become relevant again. Here's an … [Read more...]

Catechesis, Conversion, and the Hope That is Within You

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That is the title of my latest piece over at The Catholic Thing. Here's how it begins:During Holy Week and Easter Sunday Mass, in Catholic parishes throughout the world, many pilgrims will be received into the Church. Most will have gone through the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA), a six-month study of the Church’s teachings and practices. This year I have the privilege of being part of the RCIA team at St. Peter’s Catholic Student Center at Baylor University, where as ma … [Read more...]

From Left Behind to Right Behind: Denny Burk’s review of Mark and Grace Driscoll’s “Real Marriage.”

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Just read Denny Burk's enlightening review of Mark and Grace Discoll's Real Marriage: The Truth About Sex, Friendship & Life (Thomas Nelson, 2012).  The Rev. Driscoll, a committed Calvinist, is a well-known megachurch pastor in the Seattle area.  If Driscoll's book is Evangelicalism's answer to John Paul II's Theology of the Body, Evangelicalism has no idea what the question is.  Here's an excerpt from Burk's review:  "Although some Christian authors comment on the ethics of a husband sod … [Read more...]

Journeys of Faith, to be released on Tuesday, March 6

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Tomorrow, March 6, Zondervan (a subsidiary of Harper Collins Publishers) officially releases the book  Journeys of Faith: Evangelicalism, Eastern Orthodoxy, Catholicism, and Anglicanism, edited by Robert L. Plummer (with a forward by my fellow Patheos blogger, Scot McKnight). I am one of the four main contributors, presenting in my chapter an account of my return to Catholicism.My chapter is followed by a response by Gregg R. Allison of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. I then in tu … [Read more...]

Francis Schaeffer at 100, and Edith Schaeffer’s wonderful note to me

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Today, January 30, 2012, is the 100th birthday of Francis A. Schaeffer. He was an important influence on my intellectual formation while I was in college. Although given my return to the Catholic Church I would now part ways with Schaeffer on several philosophical and theological questions, I still retain a healthy appreciation of the role he played in making American Evangelicals aware that the Christian faith is a rational knowledge tradition that simply cannot be relegated to the realm of … [Read more...]

Gingrich, Romney, and Evangelicals Follow-Up

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A post of mine from yesterday--Better to be an adulterer than a Mormon?: Evangelicals, Gingrich, and Romney--garnered the most hits in the history of this blog. In response to this entry, my dear friend Michael Bauman writes in the combox: All other things being equal, it’s better to be a forgiven Catholic — Gingrich, than a forgiven Mormon — Romney, especially when the Catholic is better informed, more experienced, more articulate, and has a better record of legislative achievement (not to ment … [Read more...]

Better to be an adulterer than a Mormon?: Evangelicals, Gingrich, and Romney

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(Update: You may be interested in the January 20, 2012 follow-up post--Gingrich, Romney, and Evangelicals Follow-Up--in which I respond to a critique of the entry below)On October 12-15, I had an amazing visit to Utah. I conducted a faculty workshop at Brigham Young University on abortion and personhood, and then gave a talk on my return to the Catholic Church. Both events were attended by faculty members from both the School of Law and the School of Religion. I also conducted a workshop in … [Read more...]

Journeys of Faith excerpts on HarperCollins website

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I just learned that you can now browse portions of Journeys of Faith, a book for which I am one of the four main contributors. It is accessible on the HarperCollins website. The book is edited by Robert L. Plummer (Southern Baptist Theological Seminary), and the forward is written by fellow Patheos blogger, Scot McKnight (North Park University).  To browse the book, go here, or just click the picture of the cover. My contribution to the book--"A Journey to Catholicism"--begins as chapter 4. … [Read more...]


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