Aime–a very articulate convert to Catholicism from Evangelicalism explains why she became a Catholic. Check it out. (H-T to Amy Welborn)
What strikes me about Aimee’s story is the same as so many Evangelical-Rome conversion stories. Usually the convert is not rebelling against his or her former beliefs. Almost always they remain thankful for all that was good in their previous experience, but in becoming a Catholic they are adding more to what they already had.
This is the theme of my own book, More Christianity. In many different ways I have argued that Catholicism is not essentially something different, but something more. On the other hand, Catholics who leave for Protestantism are most often rejecting Catholicism, and if they don’t at first, they are soon taught to by their new found faith.
In saying that, many Catholics leave the faith for Evangelicalism because (for many reasons) they did not receive a personal encounter with Jesus Christ. There are many shallow and ignorant reasons for Catholics to leave, but we have to admit that there are also some good reasons, and we only have ourselves to blame.
UPDATE: While we’re being nice to each other, here is an Evangelical’s (Joe Carter) appreciation of Catholicism,
Mark Shea expresses his heartfelt appreciation of his non-denom Evangelical upbringing.
I’ve always been deeply grateful for my time in non-denom Evangelicalism. It was there that God put me when I first became a believer and I never regarded that as an accident. Those are the people who taught me to pray, to live responsibly before God, to read my Bible, to live with the expectation that the Living God would indeed both hear and act in our lives, to live in community, to be accountable, to seek wisdom from other believers, to seek truth wherever it leads, to practice love, acceptance and forgiveness. I owe Evangelicals a debt I will never be able to repay. And one of the principle reasons I became Catholic at all was in order to be the best Evangelical I could be.
…Couldn’t have said it better myself.