Journeys of FaithChris Castaldo / Monday, July 18th, 2011 / No Comments »
That it is the title of a book of which I am one of the four main authors. I present an account of my conversion to evangelicalism (addressing several issues not touched by my 2009 book, Holy Ground: Walking with Jesus as a Former Catholic). My chapter is followed by a response by Brad Gregory of the University of Notre Dame. I then in turn reply to Gregory in a brief rejoinder. The other three authors each provide accounts of their pilgrimages from one Christian tradition to another: Frank Beckwith (Catholicism), Lyle Dorsett (Anglicanism), and Wilbur Ellsworth (Eastern Orthodoxy). And just like my contribution, each of the others is followed by a respondent. The respondents for Beckwith, Dorsett, and Ellsworth are respectively Gregg R. Allison of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Robert Peterson of Covenant Theological Seminary, and Craig Blaising of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.
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 Greg Thorbury.
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.