David Currie was raised in a devout Christian family whose father was a fundamentalist preacher and both parents teachers at Moody Bible Institute. Currie's whole upbringing was immersed in the life of fundamentalist Protestantism - theology professors, seminary presidents and founders of evangelical mission agencies were frequent guests at his family dinner table. Currie received a degree from Trinity International University and studied in the Masters of Divinity program. This book was written as an explanation to his fundamentalist and evangelical friends and family about why he became a Roman Catholic. Currie presents a very lucid, systematic and intelligible account of the reasons for his conversion to the ancient Church that Christ founded. He gives a detailed discussion of the important theological and doctrinal beliefs Catholic and evangelicals hold in common, as well as the key doctrines that separate us, particularly the Eucharist, the Pope, and Mary.
Karl Keating defends Catholicism from fundamentalist attacks and explains why fundamentalism has been so successful in converting "Romanists". After showing the origins of fundamentalism, he examines representative anti-Catholic groups and presents their arguments in their own words. His rebuttals are clear, detailed, and charitable. Special emphasis is given to the scriptural basis for Catholic doctrines and beliefs.
Author: Stephen K. Ray
Publisher: Ignatius Press
Release Date: 1997
An exhilarating conversion story of a devout Baptist who relates how he overcame his hostility to the Catholic Church by a combination of serious Bible study and vast research of the writings of the early Church Fathers. In addition to a moving account of their conversion that caused Ray and his wife to "cross the Tiber" to Rome, he offers an in-depth treatment of Baptism and the Eucharist in Scripture and the ancient Church. Thoroughly documented with hundreds of footnotes, this contains perhaps the most complete compilation of biblical and patristic quotations and commentary available on Baptism and the Eucharist, as well as a detailed analysis of Sola Scriptura and Tradition.
Author: Francis J. Beckwith
Publisher: Brazos Press
Release Date: 2009-01-10
What does it mean to be evangelical? What does it mean to be Catholic? Can one consider oneself both simultaneously? Francis Beckwith has wrestled with these questions personally and professionally. He was baptized a Catholic, but his faith journey led him to Protestant evangelicalism. He became a philosophy professor at Baylor University and president of the Evangelical Theological Society (ETS). And then, in 2007, after much prayer, counsel, and consideration, Beckwith decided to return to the Catholic church and step down as ETS president. This provocative book details Beckwith's journey, focusing on his internal dialogue between the Protestant theology he embraced for most of his adult life and Catholicism. He seeks to explain what prompted his decision and offers theological reflection on whether one can be evangelical and Catholic, affirming his belief that one can be both. EXCERPT It's difficult to explain why one moves from one Christian tradition to another. It is like trying to give an account to your friends why you chose to pursue for marriage this woman rather than that one, though both may have a variety of qualities that you found attractive. It seems to me then that any account of my return to the Catholic church, however authentic and compelling it is to me, will appear inadequate to anyone who is absolutely convinced that I was wrong. Conversely, my story will confirm in the minds of many devout Catholics that the supernatural power of the grace I received at baptism and confirmation as a youngster were instrumental in drawing me back to the Mother Church. Given these considerations, I confess that there is an awkwardness in sharing my journey as a published book, knowing that many fellow Christians will scrutinize and examine my reasons in ways that appear to some uncharitable and to others too charitable.
Author: Bruce Sullivan
Publisher: Catholic Word
Release Date: 2007-03-01
Christ In His Fullness details the journey of Bruce Sullivan into the Catholic Church. This book presents a full-length treatment of the primary issue that propelled Bruce on his journey, namely that of authority. But perhaps more importantly, it emphasizes in a positive way the great gift awaiting all who will embrace the Catholic faith, the gift of having Christ in all of His fullness.
Author: Stephen K. Ray
Publisher: Ignatius Press
Release Date: 1999
Ray, a former Evangelical Protestant and Bible teacher, goes through the Scriptures and the first five centuries of the Church to demonstrate that the early Christians had a clear understanding of the primacy of Peter in the see of Rome. He tackles the tough issues in an attempt to expose how the opposition is misunderstanding the Scriptures and history. He uses many Protestant scholars and historians to support the Catholic position. This book contains the most complete compilation of Scriptural and Patristic quotations on the primacy of Peter and the Papal office of any book available. It has over 500 footnotes with supporting evidence from Catholic, Orthodox, Evangelical, and non-Christian authorities.
The only Catholic Study Bible based on the Revised Standard Version 2nd Catholic Edition, the Ignatius Catholic Study Bible New Testament brings together all of the books of the New Testament and the penetrating study tools developed by renowned Bible teachers Dr. Scott Hahn and Curtis Mitch. This volume presents the written Word of God in a highly readable, accurate translation, excellent for personal and group study. Extensive study notes, topical essays and word studies provide fresh and faithful insights informed by time-tested, authentically Catholic interpretations from the Fathers of the Church and other scholars. Commentaries include the best insights of ancient, medieval and modern scholarship, and follow the Church's guidelines for biblical interpretation. Plus, each New Testament book is outlined and introduced with an essay covering questions of authorship, date of composition, intended audience and general themes. The Ignatius Study Bible also includes handy reference materials such as a doctrinal index, a concise concordance, a helpful cross-reference system, and various maps and charts. "With copious historical and theological notes, incisive commentary and tools for study, the Ignatius Catholic Study Bible New Testament is outstanding for private devotion, personal study and Bible study groups. It is excellent for evangelization and apologetics as well!" - Stephen Ray, Host of The Footprints of God series; Author of Upon This Rock "Once a generation a truly unique Bible tool is given to the Church. The Ignatius Study Bible is a gift for our generation. This is the most important book since the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Every parish study group and every student of Sacred Scripture should own and use this Bible." - David Currie Author, Born Fundamentalist, Born Again Catholic "The Ignatius Study Bible "is a triumph of both piety and scholarship, in the best Catholic tradition: simply the most useful succinct commentary that any Christian or other interested person could hope for." - Erasmo Leiva, Author, Fire of Mercy, Heart of the Word
In this newly updated, expanded version of his popular work of apologetics, Shea presents a lively and entertaining look at his conversion to Catholicism from Evangelicalism and his discovery of Christian tradition. As an Evangelical, Shea accepted the principle of "sola scriptura" (Scripture alone) as the basis of faith. Now as a Catholic convert, he skillfully explains how and why Sacred Tradition occupies a central role in Divine Revelation. Tracing his own journey of intellectual and spiritual awakening, Shea begins by looking for a rejoinder to those modern-day false prophets who would claim that Scripture itself is not to be trusted, and ends with his conviction that tradition, as explained by the Catholic Church, is the only sure guarantee of the truth of the revelation of Jesus Christ.
Devin Rose was raised atheistically but underwent a radical conversion to Protestant Christianity before ultimately becoming Catholic. This book was written after ten years of reflection and dialogue with Protestants and Catholics on the key issues that divide them. Rose presents a series of intelligible and compelling arguments for the Catholic Church's claim to be the Church that Christ founded. He considers the strongest Protestant responses to his arguments and offers straightforward rebuttals to them. The papacy, Ecumenical councils, the canon of Scripture, the Protestant Reformers, and the sacraments are just a few of the many topics covered in illuminating detail. Catholics will learn to defend their faith, and Protestants will be challenged to answer the toughest questions about the roots of their beliefs.
Author: David B. Currie
Publisher: Sophia Inst Press
Release Date: 2003
-- THE EPISTLES: Deceptive double Vision -- I Corinthians -- Philippians -- Colossians -- I Thessalonians -- II Thessalonians -- Titus -- Summary of the Double Vision Epistles -- THE EPISTLES: Sobering Up, A Corrective Prescription -- Galatians -- Hebrews -- THE APOCALYPSE: A parallel with Rip Van Winkle -- Historical Setting: God's People in Peril -- Seven letters to seven churches -- Initial Vision: The Mystery of the Kingdom Revealed: The Scroll -- The Throne room -- The Mysterious Scroll -- The Lion and the Lamb -- The Singing -- Seven Seals -- The Great Tribulation -- The Four Winds and the Mark -- The 144,000 -- Seven Trumpets -- Abbadon and the locust/scorpion army -- Three Woes and Seven Thunders -- The 42 month Times of the Gentiles -- The two witnesses -- The great earthquake and the great city -- The mystery of God fulfilled -- Summary of the Initial Vision -- Key Personalities in Chapter 12 -- The Child, the Woman, and the Dragon -- The Vision Recapitulated with Proof -- The dragon's battle strategy -- The beast of the sea -- The mortal wound -- Worship of the beast -- The beast on the land -- The number 666 -- The mark of the beast -- Perks of the dragon -- The Child's battle strategy -- Mt Zion, the 144,000, and the Singing -- The Eucharist -- The three angels and Babylon -- Two more angels and the winepress of God's wrath -- The Woman's battle strategy -- The Great Battle -- Seven plagues -- Armageddon -- The harlot amidst seven hills -- The scarlet beast -- Seven emperors plus one -- Ten kings of the future -- The Fall of Babylon -- Reaction of the dragon's allies -- Reaction of the Child's allies -- Vision of the End: The Final Battle -- The Great Supper of God -- Present Benefits of Daniel's Blessings -- The Millennium -- Millennial Winkle Warps -- Future Benefits of Daniel's Strong Covenant -- Gog and Magog -- Ezekiel's summary -- The great white throne judgment -- A New Jerusalem in a new Heaven and new earth -- Eternity -- The Church's Gospel -- The Church's Nature -- The Church's Mission -- It Is Done! -- Summary: Two Questions -- DESSERT -- WRAPPING UP -- WHY THE RAPTURE IS APPEALING -- Three Psychological Reasons -- Positive, Pollyanna, and Voyeuristic -- Two Theological Reasons -- Too High a View and Too Low a View -- An antidote -- WHAT IS AN HONEST CATHOLIC TO DO? -- A Catholic View of the End Times -- APPENDIX ONE: THE EARLY CHURCH FATHERS -- APPENDIX TWO: DANIEL'S SEVENTY WEEKS IN HISTORY -- APPENDIX THREE: DANIEL'S SILLUK IN VISION IV:E -- APPENDIX FOUR: ZECHARIAH: A Minor Misunderstanding -- Daniel's seventieth week in Zechariah -- The Day of the Lord -- First section: Eight Visions -- Second section -- The First Oracle -- The Good Shepherd -- The Second Oracle -- The pierced one -- The Mount of Olives split in two -- The flight -- The sacrifice -- APPENDIX FIVE: THE GREAT TRIBULATION: an alternative -- APPENDIX SIX: AUTHORSHIP FOR THE APOCALYPSE -- Author -- Date -- Three texts -- Frame of reference -- Ancient witnesses -- Internal evidence -- Soon -- Disguises -- Seven churches -- Health -- Temple -- Language -- APPENDIX SEVEN: STRICT PRETERISM -- The Temples -- The Olivet Discourse -- St. Peter and St. Paul -- The death of Death -- APPENDIX EIGHT: TIMELINE.
Author: Thomas Howard
Release Date: 2004
Through his prolific and highly regarded writing, Thomas Howard's name is familiar to Protestants and Catholics alike, but many have never heard the story of his conversion to Catholicism. With grace, charm, and wit, Dr. Howard describes his journey from Evangelicalism to Anglicanism, and finally, to the Church of Rome. In a world saturated with fashionable unbelief, Howard's testimony inspires and informs. Fr. Richard Neuhaus calls it "a marvelously engaging remembrance."
What if Protestantism were true? What if the Reformers really were heroes, the Bible the sole rule of faith, and Christ's Church just an invisible collection of loosely united believers? As an Evangelical, Devin Rose used to believe all of it. Then one day the nagging questions began. He noticed things about Protestant belief and practice that didn't add up. He began following the logic of Protestant claims to places he never expected it to go -leading to conclusions no Christians would ever admit to holding. In The Protestant's Dilemma, Rose examines over thirty of those conclusions, showing with solid evidence, compelling reason, and gentle humor how the major tenets of Protestantism - if honestly pursued to their furthest extent - wind up in dead ends. The only escape? Catholic truth. Rose patiently unpacks each instance, and shows how Catholicism solves the Protestant's dilemma through the witness of Scripture, Christian history, and the authority with which Christ himself undeniably vested his Church.