Journeys of Faith
Journeys of Faith tours the theological migrations taking place within the Christian tradition today. Converts to Catholicism, Orthodoxy, Evangelicalism and Anglicanism explain why they changed their religious affiliation, and responders defend their decision to remain true to the traditions in...
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Journeys of Faith tours the theological migrations taking place within the Christian tradition today. Converts to Catholicism, Orthodoxy, Evangelicalism and Anglicanism explain why they changed their religious affiliation, and responders defend their decision to remain true to the traditions in which they first came to faith.
Research indicates that on average, Americans change their religious affiliation at least once during their lives. Today, a number of evangelical Christians are converting to Catholicism, Eastern Orthodoxy and Anglicanism. Longtime Evangelicals often fail to understand the attraction of these non-Evangelical Christian traditions. Journeys of Faith examines the movement between these traditions from various angles. Four prominent converts to Eastern Orthodoxy, Catholicism, Evangelicalism and Anglicanism describe their new faith traditions and their spiritual journeys into them. Response chapters offer respectful critiques. Contributors include Wilbur Ellsworth (Eastern Orthodoxy), with a response by Craig Blaising; Francis J. Beckwith (Roman Catholicism), with Gregg Allison responding; Chris Castaldo (Evangelicalism) and Brad Gregory's Catholic response; and Lyle Dorsett (Anglicanism), with a response by Robert Peterson. This book will provide readers with first-hand accounts of thoughtful Christians changing religious affiliation or remaining true to the traditions they have always known. Pastors, counselors and students of theology will gain a wealth of insight into current faith migration within the church today.
Robert A. Peterson (Ph.D., Drew University) is professor of systematic theology at Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri. He was formerly professor of New Testament and theology at Biblical Theological Seminary in Hatfield, Pennsylvania. His books include Getting to Know John's Gospel: A Fresh Look at Its Main Ideas, Why I Am Not An Arminian, Hell on Trial: The Case for Eternal Punishment, Calvin's Doctrine of the Atonement, Adopted by God: From Wayward Sinners to Cherished Children and Hell Under Fire (coedited with Chris Morgan, Zondervan). He has written numerous articles, was a contributor to the second edition of the Evangelical Dictionary of Theology (Baker) and edits Covenant Seminary's journal, Presbyterion.
Francis J. Beckwith is professor of philosophy and church-stFrancis J. Beckwith is professor of philosophy and church-state studies, and fellow and faculty associate in the Instituate studies, and fellow and faculty associate in the Institute for Studies of Religion at Baylor University in Waco, Texte for Studies of Religion at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. He was also the 2008-2009 Mary Ann Remick Senior Visitinas. He was also the 2008-2009 Mary Ann Remick Senior Visiting Fellow in the Notre Dame Center for Ethics & Culture at thg Fellow in the Notre Dame Center for Ethics & Culture at thC
Wilbur Ellsworth is pastor of Holy Transfiguration Antiochian Orthodox Church in Warrenville, Illinois, speaker on Ancient Faith Radio's 'Let My Prayer Arise: Meditations on the Psalms,' author of The Power of Speaking God's Word (Christian Focus, 2000) and president of The Society for the Study of Eastern Orthodoxy and Evangelicalism.
Dr. Gregg Allison (Ph.D., Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) is Professor of Christian Theology at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. He came to Southern from Western Seminary in Portland, Oregon, where he had taught theology and church history for nine years. He has also served as adjunct faculty at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Deerfield, IL; Elgin Community College, Elgin, IL; Judson College, Elgin, IL; and Institute of Biblical Studies, Western Europe.
He is the author of Historical Theology: An Introduction to Christian Doctrine; Getting Deep: Understand What You Believe About God and Why; Jesusology: Understand What You Believe About Jesus and Why; and A Theology for Christian Education (with James Estep and Michael Anthony).
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BRAD S. GREGORY is Assistant Professor of History, Stanford University.
Lyle W. Dorsett (Ph.D., University of Missouri-Columbia) is Professor of Christian Formation and Ministry at Wheaton College and is also Billy Graham Professor of Evangelism at Beeson Divinity School. He is the founding pastor of Church of the Great Shepherd in Wheaton, Illinois, where Lyle now volunteers as part of the ministry team. Lyle Dorsett has a keen interest in History,especially in the history of the care of souls, evangelism and revival. He is the author of eighteen books, among them several Christian biographies and three works on C. S. Lewis. His most recent book is A Love Observed: Joy Davidman's Life and Marriage to C.S. Lewis, Seeking the Secret Place: The Spiritual Formation of C. S. Lewis and A Passion for Souls: The Life of D.L. Moody.
Robert L.andnbsp;Plummer is associate professor of New Testament interpretation at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky.andnbsp;The author of 40 Questions About Interpreting the Bible (Kregel, 2010), Paul's Understanding of the Church's Mission (Paternoster, 2006), and numerousandnbsp;scholarly articles, Dr. Plummerandnbsp;also serves as an elder at Sojourn Community Church. He and his wife live with their threeandnbsp;young daughters in Louisville. andnbsp;
Chris Castaldo serves as Pastor of Outreach and Church Planting at College Church in Wheaton. He was raised on Long Island, New York as a Roman Catholic and worked full-time in the Catholic Church for years. He has earned degrees from Moody Bible Institute, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (MDiv) and has completed graduate work at Harvard Divinity School. You may visit Chris online at chriscastaldo.com.
Craig A. Blaising (PhD.,University of Aberdeen, ThD.,Dallas Theological Seminary) is executive vice president and provost of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, as well as professor of theology. He is the coauthor of Progressive Dispensationalism and a contributor to Three Views on the Millennium and Beyond, The Encyclopedia of Early Christianity and The Christian Educator's Handbook on Spiritual Formation. He is also the coeditor of Dispensationalism, Israel and the Church: The Search for Definition and most recently Psalms 1-50 (Old Testament Volume 7, The Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture).
- Introduction (rob Plummer, General Editor) 10 Pages
- In This Chapter, I Will Begin With A Few Statistics And Personal Stories That Illustrate The Need For This Book. I Will Also Introduce The Eight Contributors And Their Qualifications For Addressing This Issue. While One Of The Strengths Of This Book Is That It Allows The Reader To Hear Various Sides Of The Debate From Individuals Who Actually Hold The Views Expressed, I Will Make Clear That My Desire Is For An Evangelical Reader To Go Away With Assurance That He Or She Is Part Of One Of The Most Faithful Expressions Of Biblical Christianity. At The Same Time, Evangelicals Can Learn And Grow By Listening To Others In Different Christian Traditions.
- Part One -- Eastern Orthodoxy
- A Case For Eastern Orthodoxy (wilbur Ellsworth) 35 Pages
- Wilbur Ellsworth [chairman Of The Board Of Reformation And Revival Ministries, Current Pastor Of Christ Church In Glen Ellyn, Illinois, Author Of The Power Of Speaking God's Word And A Frequent Writer For Reformation And Revival Journal], Is A Recent Prominent Convert To Eastern Orthodoxy, Will Begin With A Personal Account Of His Faith Journey. The Majority Of The Chapter Will Be Ellsworth's Defense Of Eastern Orthodoxy As The Most Faithful Expression Of Christianity In His Opinion. Ellsworth Will Make His Appeal Biblically, Historically, Theologically, Experientially, Etc.
- A Critical Assessment Of Eastern Orthodoxy (craig Blaising) 10 Pages
- Craig Blaising [executive Vice President And Provost And Professor Of Theology] Is A Prominent Patristics Scholar And Theologian At Southwestern Seminary And Will Provide An Irenic Evangelical Critique Of Eastern Orthodoxy. While Appreciating Much Of Eastern Orthodoxy's Shared Theological Affirmations, Blaising Will Argue That Conversion To Eastern Orthodoxy Is Not A Valid Option For An Evangelical Committed To Biblical Faithfulness. This Chapter Ends With A 5 Page Rejoinder By Wilbur Ellsworth.
- Part Two -- Roman Catholicism
- A Case For Roman Catholicism (frank Beckwith) 35 Pages
- Frank Beckwith [professor Of Philosophy And Church-state Studies At Baylor University] Is A Former President Of The Evangelical Theological Society And Recent Convert To Catholicism And Will Begin By Giving A Brief Description Of His Faith Journey. The Majority Of The Chapter Will Be Beckwith's Defense Of Catholicism As The Most Compelling Expression Of Christianity.
- A Critical Assessment Of Catholicism (gregg Allison) 10 Pages
- Gregg Allison [professor Of Theology At Southern Seminary] Is A Recognized Expert On Catholicism And Will Argue That A Commitment To The Bible As God's Word Precludes Conversion To Catholicism. In A Non-polemical Tone, Allison Will Show That The Claims Of Catholicism Do Not Hold Up To Theological And Historical Testing. This Chapter Ends With A 5 Page Rejoinder By Frank Beckwith.
- Part Three -- Evangelicalism
- A Case For Evangelicalism (chris Castaldo) 35 Pages
- Chris Castaldo [pastor Of Outreach And Church Planting At College Church In Wheaton, Il] Is A Prominent Convert To The Evangelical Faith And Author Of Holy Ground: Walking With Jesus As A Former Catholic (zondervan, October 2009). Castaldo Will Recount His Faith Journey From Catholicism, Gently Making His Case For The Evangelical Tradition As The Most Biblical And Faithful Expression Of Christianity.
- A Critical Assessment Of Evangelicalism (brad Gregory) 10 Pages
- Brad Gregory [associate Professor Of History At Notre Dame] Will Provide A Critical Appraisal Of Evangelicalism From A Catholic Perspective. In This Chapter, Gregory Addresses A Hypothetical Catholic Who Is Considering The Spiritual Path Of Chris Castaldo (i.e., Conversion To The Evangelical Faith). From A Catholic Perspective, What Is Deficient In The Evangelical Tradition? In Light Of Evangelical Claims, Why Should One Remain Catholic? This Chapter Ends With A 5 Page Rejoinder By Chris Castaldo.
- Part Four -- Anglicanism
- A Case For Anglicanism (mark Galli) 35 Pages
- Mark Galli [senior Managing Editor Of Christianity Today] Is A Well-known Convert To Anglicanism And Author Of Several Books, Including A Great And Terrible Love: A Spiritual Journey Into The Attributes Of God (baker, 2009). In This Chapter, Galli Explains How He Became Convinced That The Anglican Faith (esp. Its Liturgy And Understandings Of Church Tradition) Was The Most Compelling Expression Of Christianity.
- A Critical Assessment Of Anglicanism (gregory Thorbury) 10 Pages
- Greg Thornbury [dean Of The School Of Christian Studies, Union University, Jackson, Tn, And Senior Fellow Of Kairos Journal] Will Provide A Critical Appraisal Of Anglicanism From An Evangelical Perspective. In This Chapter, Thornbury Argues That While The Anglican Church Evidences Many Faithful Expressions Of Christianity---it Does So In Spite Of Its Flawed Ecclesiology And Distorted Understanding Of The Bible's Authority. Evangelicals Should Dialogue With Anglicans, But Not Convert, Says Thornbury. This Chapter Ends With A 5 Page Rejoinder By Mark Galli.
- Conclusion (rob Plummer) 10 Pages
- The Concluding Chapter Will Summarize The Above Discussions For The Reader And Offer Suggestions For How The Information In The Book Can Both Solidify An Evangelical's Faith And Offer Guidance For Future Interfaith Dialogue.