Journeys of Faith
Journeys of Faith is a thoughtful and reasoned tour of the theological migrations that are taking place within the Christian tradition today. Readers are given first-hand accounts of why certain individuals have changed their religious affiliation (from Evangelical to Orthodox,...
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Journeys of Faith is a thoughtful and reasoned tour of the theological migrations that are taking place within the Christian tradition today. Readers are given first-hand accounts of why certain individuals have changed their religious affiliation (from Evangelical to Orthodox, Catholic or Anglicanism), as well as why some have remained true to the tradition they have always known.
It is reported 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. As such, there is great need for a resource that cogently presents an evangelical response to these competing faith traditions. Evangelical Christians, however, need not only theological answers, but a deeper understanding of the obvious attraction of these varying religious expressions. JoThis ebook download of Journeys of Faith examines the theological migrations among Catholics, Eastern Orthodox, Anglicans, and Evangelicals, each of which is viewed from various angles. Three prominent evangelical converts to Eastern Orthodoxy, Catholicism, and Anglicanism describe their new faith traditions and their spiritual journeys into them. In response, chapters by recognized evangelical scholars offer civil critiques. The book also contains a chapter by a convert to Evangelicalism, followed by an appraisal of the evangelical faith by a Catholic scholar. Each contributor arguing for their new faith tradition will be allowed a brief rejoinder to those writing on the opposing side. There are basically two types of chapters in this book: First, chapters that explain and advocate theological migration from one expression of Christianity to another (e.g., an Evangelical who has converted to Catholicism and makes a case for others to do the same). These chapters focus on such issues as Why did you leave your prior theological tradition? and What is it about your new tradition that makes you feel it better represents Scripture and church history. Second, there are response chapters arguing for the greater theological fidelity of a certain expression of Christianity in light of persons leaving those traditions (e.g., Evangelicals arguing that conversions to Greek Orthodoxy or Catholicism are not moves to greater faithfulness). These chapters will provide a critique of the differing Christian traditions under discussion and address such issues as Why have you remained within your current Christian tradition? and Why beneficial lessons can be learned from the tradition you are critiquing? In all, this book will provide readers with first-hand accounts of why certain individuals have changed their religious affiliation or have remain true to the one they have always known. Pastors, counselors and general readers will gain a wealth of insight into current faith migration with 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).