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.

Monday, January 28, 2013

Another Reformed Christian Crossed the Tiber

Here is a post from a reformed Protestant who reverted to the Catholic faith about two years ago. Casey Chalk left Catholicism for evangelicalism when he was 8 years old. He had attended a reformed seminary but started to question sola scriptura and the reformed understanding of the formation of the canon, which is often the path to the Catholic Church.
In this post he discusses Chris Castaldo's book Holy Ground, which I have reviewed here.

"I came to realize that no Christian can possibly approach Scripture without a host of predetermined data points that inform his or her interpretation. There can be no “Scripture alone,” because our interpretive lens will be inherently defined by the sermons we’ve heard, books we’ve read, or theological concepts we’ve been taught. The Reformed Christian, in essence, believes in Scripture plus whatever interpretations he inherits from Calvin plus Warfield plus Bavinck plus whomever has informed his interpretive paradigm. The same can be said for the Lutheran, Methodist, Baptist, and even Catholic. However, only the Catholic’s interpretive paradigm allows him to reply to such a charge by saying “yes, exactly, that IS how I interpret Scripture; how could I do any other?”


Anonymous Renée said...

Casey Chalk: "Either Scripture was historically reliable, Protestant theology logically consistent, and evangelicalism a defensible form of Christianity, or it was time to abandon the whole project."

Exactly why I abandoned Evangelicalism.

Thank you, Russ, for linking to your review of Castaldo's work - I hadn't read that before. All I can say is, if Mr. Castaldo didn't/doesn't believe in the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist, then the Catholic Church is just another denomination to him, and he has found one that he likes better. If Jesus really is present, Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity, then no words can convey what a tragedy it is to leave the Church for a Protestant denomination which can only give you symbols....

January 28, 2013 7:16 PM  
Anonymous russ said...

Yes indeed.
The reason I reviewed Chris's book is that I felt he ultimately will lead Catholics away from the faith, by giving himself credibility by saying he was a "devout Catholic" when in reality he went to Mass twice a year for most of his young adult life. How much could he have understood about Catholicism? He then looks back at his Catholic faith through years of reformed evangelical formation and his conclusions are unfairly biased. He used focus groups and interviews with disaffected Catholics to bolster his viewpoints of the Church. Hardly an unbiased and open-minded group of people to draw conclusions from.

January 28, 2013 9:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

He's said it so well.
What continues to astound me is that it is sola scripture as interpreted by so and so. My husband is UPCI and as soon as he started going to this church he started reading David Bernards book on the oneness of God. I asked him if its sola scripture, then why read david bernard??
Love your blog.

January 29, 2013 9:45 PM  
Anonymous russ said...

Thanks Vinaka~

Will say prayers for your husband. My wife wanted to convert for 5 years and I wanted nothing to do with it. Now look what happened ;)
God bless

January 31, 2013 8:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Russ
vinaka is actually thank you in the Fijian language.
God Bless you and your work.

February 06, 2013 9:20 PM  
Blogger Russ Rentler, M.D. said...

Ok you are welcome!

February 06, 2013 9:35 PM  

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