In this episode of The Cordial Catholic Podcast, I’m joined by Dr. James Tonkowich, popular commentator on religion in the public square and a convert to Catholicism to share his essay, “How to Not Become Catholic in 9 Easy Steps.”
In aplum and charity, Dr. Tonkowich unpacks his own journey as a Presbyterian pastor into the Catholic Church and shares 9 “rules” to follow if you want to avoid his fate:
- Assume that all Catholics are idiots
- Get all your information about the Catholic faith second hand
- Avoid being “Deep in History”
- Do not read the Church Fathers
- Affirm the “Great Tradition” but don’t ask what’s included
- If you’re Evangelical–ignore the sin of schism
- If you’re a Mainline Protestant–assume the schism is someone else’s fault
- Believe the Catholic Church and the Bible don’t mix
- Keep insisting that Catholicism is a grace-free, works-based religion
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