November 9 – My Late Grandmother’s 100th Birthday

Tomorrow, November 9, would have been the 100th birthday of my maternal grandmother, Frances Guido, who died in 2002. (To the right is a picture of her in the 1930s when she served as her niece's sponsor for Confirmation. Below is a picture of my Grandmother and my sister, Lizzie, from the early 1980s, standing on the stoop of my Grandma's Brooklyn home). In Return to Rome, I write about my Grandmother and the years I lived with her (1984-1987) while I was studying for my PhD at Fordham … [Read more...]

The day I met Edith Schaeffer (1914-2013), and the note she penned to me.

On March 30, 2013, Edith Schaeffer died at the age of 98. Born on November 3, 1914, she was the widow of Francis A. Schaeffer.  (November 3 is my birthday as well).  In my book, Return to Rome: Confession of An Evangelical Catholic (Brazos Press, 2009), I tell of my encounter with Mrs. Schaeffer at a bookstore in New York City on April 29, 1986, when I was 25 years old:During my second year in New York City I had the opportunity to meet Edith Schaeffer, the widow of the Presbyterian the … [Read more...]

Then I Confessed, I Can Do No Other: Five Years After My Return to Catholicism

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In my latest entry over at The Catholic Thing--"Then I Confessed, I Can Do No Other"--I share some thoughts on my return to the Catholic Church, on the cusp of the five year anniversary. Here's how it begins: On April 29, 2007, five years ago this Sunday, I was publicly received into the Catholic Church at St. Joseph’s Parish in Bellmead, Texas. My wife, Frankie, stood beside me, as we both faced Fr. Timothy Vaverek, who presided over the brief ceremony between the homily and the recitation of t … [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...]

Honoring My Father and Mother on their 52nd Anniversary

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That is the title of my latest entry over at The Catholic Thing. Here is how it begins: Although we celebrate anniversaries on wedding dates, I am not writing to celebrate a wedding. That would be like ending the baseball season right after President Obama throws out the first pitch on opening day.No, I am writing to celebrate a marriage, one that, if they make it to next Monday, will have lasted fifty-two years. To give you an idea how long that is, it’s about 27,349,336 minutes, or 4 … [Read more...]

Revelation, Sacred Tradition, and the Magisterium

That's the title of my latest column over at The Catholic Thing. Here's how it begins: This past Tuesday, September 13, I taught my first RCIA class, offered at St. Peter’s Catholic Student Center at Baylor University. Although I have been teaching philosophy to college students for twenty-five years, I was a bit nervous. Thankfully, I have a minor role in the class, leading only one session this semester with perhaps another one or two in the Spring. Our RCIA team consists of several seasoned pa … [Read more...]

Happy 81st Birthday to my Dad!

Today, May 25, 2011, my father, Harold J. Beckwith, turns 81!  To the right is a picture of my Dad, me, and my brother Jim in front of our Mercedes Benz with Caesar's Palace in the background.  We were at Caesar's having lunch following my First Holy Communion in May 1968. At the bottom left is a picture of me, my wife, Frankie, and my parents last November in Las Vegas. Here is what I say about my father in Return to Rome: Confessions of An Evangelical Catholic: We lived pretty standard Ame … [Read more...]

Roger Olson has moved to Patheos

A hearty Patheos welcome to my Baylor colleague, Roger Olson. Roger is a professor of theology in Baylor's Truett Theological Seminary. You can find his new Patheos blog here. His blog is called: Roger Olson, My evangelical Arminian theological musings. … [Read more...]

Reason, Conversion, and Plausibility

That's the title of my most recent entry over at The Catholic Thing. Here's how it begins: It is an odd thing to explain to other Christians why one moves from one theological tradition to another, since you know (or will eventually discover) that the reasons that seemed so compelling to you seem less than adequate to others. I believe that the reason for this is that each of us approaches these sorts of questions with a plausibility structure, about which we rarely reflect.What do I mean by a … [Read more...]

He not busy being born, is busy dying

My apologies to readers of Return to Rome. I have been immersed in two writing projects as well as the start of the semester. So, I've spent virtually no time blogging or checking this blog.As for the two projects, one is a very large chapter for the book, Journeys of Faith: Evangelicalism, Eastern Orthodoxy, Catholicism, and Anglicanism (Zondervan, forthcoming in 2011), edited by Robert L. Plummer (professor, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary). I am writing the chapter on Catholicism. The … [Read more...]


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