Why Protestants Convert November 26, 2019 / Uncle Rufus / 0 Comments I am grateful for each of the articles in this series about “crossing the Tiber”, particularly for the authors’ understanding, compassion, and holistic approach. Why Protestants Convert, Pt. 1: Conversionitis “If Protestantism cannot sustain and satisfy the souls and bodies of its adherents, we can hardly complain when they look elsewhere.” Why Protestants Convert, Pt. 2: The Psychology of Conversion “Eventually, we became so accustomed to the shocking notion that a Holy God could pardon filthy sinners that we forgot there was anything particularly odd about it. . . . Rather than standing confidently before Him clothed in the righteousness of Christ, we waltz casually into his presence with gym shorts and a latte.” Why Protestants Convert, Pt. 3: The Theology of Conversion “Our historical awareness of the Christian faith must rise above the popular Protestants tropes of the “Ditch Theory.”. . . To be sure, the Ditch Theory is a caricature; and yet, its storyline is implicit in much Protestant teaching. As Tom Howard, a Protestant-turned-Catholic, writes, “[Evangelicals] speak of the ancient faith as though the Bible had swum into view just this morning and as though one’s approach to it is simply to open it, read, and start running.” And the more independent and separatist a church, the deeper the ditch, and, conversely, the more attractive will be the Catholic claim to an unbroken and historic church.” Why Protestants Convert, Pt. 4: The Sociology of Conversion “To reason from “my evangelical megachurch is a joke” to “Rome has the answers” might not be a compelling logical syllogism, but it is a compelling emotional one.” Why Protestants Convert, Pt. 5: A Way Forward “The Reformers were dedicated to Scripture above all else, but not to the exclusion of all else…They were avid students of human history and human nature. In a word, they were humanists.” God & Church, Life & Love Previous post We’re All Carnies Next post Current Political Summary Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.