Crossed The Tiber

An Evangelical Converts to Catholicism

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I was born into the Catholic faith. At 14, I was "born again" and found Jesus personally but lost His Church. After thirty years as an evangelical protestant, I have come full circle to find that He has been there all the time, in the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. I wish others to find the beauty and truth of the Catholic faith as I have found.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

More Tiber Hopping

Here's an interesting article commenting on the increasing number of young American evangelicals jumping the Tiber.


Blogger Magister Christianus said...

In his citation of Scot McKnight’s article, “From Wheaton to Rome: Why Evangelicals Become Roman Catholic,” the author list four common reasons for swimming the Tiber: (1) a desire for certainty, (2) a desire for history, (3) a desire for unity, and (4) a desire for authority. I myself find (1) and (4) particularly compelling in the absence of such in the Protestant world. He goes on to say, "To McKnight’s list I would add a desire for intellectual leadership in public life. There have been intellectual contributions by Protestants but there is no comparable, consistent intellectual Protestant tradition...."

I discovered our local EWTN affiliate radio station shortly before the 2008 Presidential election, and from this I would agree with the author. I heard nothing...absolutely nothing...on the Protestant radio station that compared with the kind of coverage and analysis I found on the EWTN station of the issues that voters were facing. I have not listened to that Protestant station since.

October 16, 2009 12:06 PM  
Blogger Joyful Catholics said...


October 16, 2009 6:20 PM  
Blogger kkollwitz said...

"There have been intellectual contributions by Protestants but there is no comparable, consistent intellectual Protestant tradition...."

Magister, this reminds me of:

I think Noll comes from Wheaton, but is at Notre Dame right now.

October 17, 2009 2:03 PM  
Blogger George Weis said...

What has my toes dipped in the two old rivers, is History for the most part. It is the Historical witness that puts a burden on my heart. It is in particular the view of Christ being present in the Eucharist, that begs me to look at the two oldest traditions.

What keeps me in a place of reservation is a complicated matter. One I wish could be resolved. I just wish I could partake of Communion. So tough to return to places where these beliefs are not held. And yet, there are some things that draw me back.

-still stuck-

October 18, 2009 1:27 PM  
Blogger Tiber Jumper said...

Yeah George, The Eucharist really was an "aha moment" for me. Reading Steve Ray's book Crossing the Tiber, once I realized the early Christians had always believe that Jesus continued to be with them sacramentally in the Eucharist, I had to return. Here He was, I was searching my whole life (at least since a young teenager, trying to get close to Him, in every way, and something as simple as humbling myself once again, to return to where I had left Him, on the altar of a Catholic Church. Still boggles my mind, 5 years later.
Welcome back to these parts of the blogosphere.

October 18, 2009 1:58 PM  
Anonymous Renata said...

I ask you to pray for a conversion of a very dear person, an evangelical. I also pray that God shows his Family to this young man and to a famous evangelical brazilian singer. She has made some very "catholic" comments and I believe that God may be calling her home.

October 22, 2009 3:13 PM  
Blogger Tiber Jumper said...

Will Do renata

October 22, 2009 5:42 PM  

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