Journeys of Faith

Journeys of Faith : Evangelicalism, Eastern Orthodoxy, Catholicism and Anglicanism

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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 more

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  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 134.62 x 200.66 x 20.32mm | 272.15g
  • Grand Rapids, United States
  • English
  • 031033120X
  • 9780310331209
  • 439,098

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Introduction (Rob Plummer, General Editor) 10 pagesIn 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 â Eastern Orthodoxy A Case for Eastern Orthodoxy (Wilbur Ellsworth) 35 pagesWilbur 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 Ellsworthâs 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 pagesCraig 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 Orthodoxyâs 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 â Roman Catholicism A Case for Roman Catholicism (Frank Beckwith) 35 pagesFrank 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 Beckwithâs defense of Catholicism as the most compelling expression of Christianity. A Critical Assessment of Catholicism (Gregg Allison) 10 pagesGregg Allison [Professor of Theology at Southern Seminary] is a recognized expert on Catholicism and will argue that a commitment to the Bible as Godâs 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 â Evangelicalism A Case for Evangelicalism (Chris Castaldo) 35 pagesChris 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 pagesBrad 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 â Anglicanismshow more

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