Thursday, July 02, 2009

An Evangelical returns to Rome

Return To Rome: Confessions of an Evangelical Catholic Return To Rome: Confessions of an Evangelical Catholic by Francis J. Beckwith

My review

rating: 4 of 5 stars
Francis J. Beckwith stunned the Protestant Evangelical world when he returned to the Catholic Church of his youth on April 29, 2007. This brief account from the former president of the Evangelical Theological Society (ETS) of why he left his prestigious post to return to the Catholic Church is a quick read, but at times extremely deep.

Francis Beckwith has a PhD from Fordham University and currently is a professor of philosophy and church-state studies at Balylor University (a Baptist school). Prior to his return to the Catholic Church he had written and co-authored many treatises on Protestant Reform theology, which he knows inside-out. He discusses the theological implications of Reform thinking with traditional Catholic understanding of issues from salvation and good works to the efficacy of the sacraments and Biblical inerrancy.

At times he seems almost too reserved in his attempt to avoid alienating any of his Protestant colleagues, but his charity and good will makes him all the more accessible to non-Catholics. He even has a blurb on the back cover of his book from the 2006 ETS president.

But I do like a good argument, so my favorite part of the book has to be the final chapter, where he explains the differences (as he sees it) between faithful Catholics and faithful Evangelicals. He even re-prints the ETS press release which they issued immediately after his resignation and his counter response to them.

Overall this is a very charitable and at the same time thoroughly engaging and readable book.

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3 comments:

Francis J. Beckwith said...

Thank you for your kind review of my book.

Sincerely,
Francis Beckwith
http://returntorome.com

Debbie said...

You're most welcome! I plan on giving a copy to my daughter's boyfriend since we have discussed many of the same issues you dealt with in your book. Please let me know if you're ever in Denver.

Aussie Therese said...

I was really interested in the conversion of Mr. Beckwith so I think I will look into buying this book. Sounds like a book I would enjoy.