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Francis J. Beckwith came out with a new book this month entitled Return to Rome: Confessions of an Evangelical Catholic. And I just found out that he has a website and also blogs! He was surprised to see that someone had written a review of his book so fast by none other than Southern’s very own Michael Haykin.
For those of you who don’t know, Beckwith used to not only be an evangelical Protestant, but he crossed over to Catholicism while holding the post as President of the Evangelical Theological Society. He’s no pushover. You know all those arguments we Protestants use to keep people convinced that Rome is not the place to go? Believe it or not … He’s heard all of them (and used many of them probably at some point in his life). He became skeptical about many of them and eventually, of course, convinced they were mislead.
This is a reality Protestant evangelicals need to stare in the face: Intelligent, biblically sophisticated, well-informed, theologically sober evangelicals can find very attractive aspects in Roman Catholicism—even in RC theology. And yes … there is such a thing as Evangelical Catholics, whether you like it or not. It’s not an oxymoron. Click here for a definition of Evangelical Catholic.
• To listen to an interview about why he switched over, go here and see Audio Interview Downloads on the left side of the page. •
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