“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 t … [Read more...]

Fr. Robert Barron on Bob Dylan in China

(HT: Dennis Dixon)For more on Dowd and Dylan, see my blog entry here. On Dylan's biblical vision, see my chapter in Bob Dylan & Philosophy: It's Alright, Ma (I'm Only Thinking) (Open Court, 2006), "Busy Being Born Again: Bob Dylan's Christian Philosophy" … [Read more...]

Edith Schaeffer, me, and April 29

Four years ago tomorrow, April 29, 2007, I was publicly received into the Catholic Church at 11:00 am at St. Joseph's Parish in Belmead, Texas. The day before, I participated in the sacrament of confession for the first time in over 30 years. Oddly, 25 years ago, on April 29, 1986, I met Edith Schaeffer, the widow of Francis A. Schaffer. I tell the story of our encounter in my book, Return to Rome: Confession of An Evangelical Catholic (Brazos Press, 2009): During my second year in New York City … [Read more...]

Touchstone interview of Hadley Arkes: “Courage and Conversion”

A year ago tomorrow, April 24, my friend Hadley Arkes was received into the Catholic Church. My wife, Frankie, and I were present at the Mass in which Hadley received the sacraments of baptism, confirmation, and holy communion.In the recent issue of Touchstone, Marcia Segelstein interviews Hadley about his conversion. You can find it here. Here's an excerpt: … [Read more...]

The Scandal of Being a Christian, or in the words of the immortal Frank Sinatra….

[Barbara] Forrest spends several pages [in her 2011 Synthese article, pp. 370-373] discussing both my Christian faith as well as my published works critical of other religious traditions such as The Baha’i World Faith and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormonism or LDS).... [Because] I simply cannot respond to every unsupported, uncharitable, and unreasonable assertion she makes about my theological beliefs...[,]I will briefly address some of her claims about religious exclu … [Read more...]

Faith, Reason, and the Christian University: What John Paul II Can Teach Christian Academics

That's the title of an article I published in Logos: A Journal of Catholic Thought and Culture 12.3 (Summer 2009). Here's how it begins (notes omitted): Baylor University, the world’s largest Baptist university, is a remarkable place with many fine Christian men and women on its faculty and in its student body. It boasts a rich tradition of academic excellence, and it is a privilege for me to be able to make a contribution to that tradition, however modest my contribution may be. However, soon a … [Read more...]

“You’re an idiot, babe. It’s a wonder that you still know how to breathe…”

For those who don't know, that's a line from Bob Dylan's song, "Idiot Wind," and it is perfectly applicable to the ever-clueless, though strangely attractive, Maureen Dowd of the New York Times. This morning, Dowd expresses her disappointment that prior to his performances in China, Dylan allowed the government censors to approve his set list. This meant, according to Dowd, no protest songs from the Voice of Her Generation against the oppressive Chinese government. Too bad Dowd does not know … [Read more...]

Sects, Politics, and Religion: A review of Good and Bad Ways to Think About Religion and Politics

That is the title of a review essay I just published in the April 2011 issue of First Things. The book is authored by Robert Benne of Roanoke College. Here's how the essay begins: For some Americans, as for the Founding Fathers, the separation of church and state means that the government and religious bodies ought not to exert power over the other’s areas of legitimate authority. To others it means that religiously informed policy proposals may not become the laws of the secular government. So, … [Read more...]

Powerful words: Romans 12:9-21 and the Christian life

Have you ever had this happen? You read a passage of Scripture that you had read many times before, but this time it hits you like a ton of bricks. This is what happened to me tonight when I read this passage from the Book of Romans (12:9-21): Let love be genuine; hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good; love one another with mutual affection; outdo one another in showing honor. Do not lag in zeal, be ardent in spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering, persevere in … [Read more...]


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