Kresta in the Afternoon – November 21, 2018 – Hour 2

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+  An Evangelical's Path to Rome (2 segments)

  • Description: Douglas Beaumont grew up in a fairly non-religious home, but as he entered college he deepened his understanding of Christianity and eventually began teaching at Southern Evangelical Seminary, where he taught before becoming Catholic. What led him to take those final steps to come into full Communion? Doug joins us.
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    • Doug Beaumont
      Douglas Beaumont is a writer, teacher and speaker who earned a PhD in Theology from North-West University and an M.A. in Christian Apologetics from Southern Evangelical Seminary. He's the author of Evangelical Exodus: Evangelical Seminarians and their Paths to Rome and his conversion story appears in the new book Mind Heart and Soul: Intellectuals and the Path to Rome. Visit douglasbeaumont.com
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    • Evangelical Exodus: Evangelical Seminarians and Their Paths to Rome

      Over the course a single decade, dozens of students, alumni, and professors from a conservative, Evangelical seminary in North Carolina (Southern Evangelical Seminary) converted to Catholicism. These conversions were notable as they occurred among people with varied backgrounds and motivations—many of whom did not share their thoughts with one another until this book was produced. Even more striking is that the seminary's founder, long-time president, and popular professor, Dr. Norman Geisler, had written two full-length books and several scholarly articles criticizing Catholicism from an Evangelical point of view. What could have led these seminary students, and even some of their professors, to walk away from their Evangelical education and risk losing their jobs, ministries, and even family and friends, to embrace the teachings they once rejected as false or even heretical? Speculation over this phenomenon has been rampant and often dismissive and misguided—leading to more confusion than understanding. The stories of these converts are now being told by those who know them best—the converts themselves. They discuss the primary issues they had to face: the nature of the biblical canon, the identification of Christian orthodoxy, and the problems with the Protestant doctrines of sola scriptura ("scripture alone") and sola fide ("faith alone") (learn more)

    • Mind, Heart, and Soul: Intellectuals and the Path to Rome

      In a series of fascinating interviews, a cradle Catholic (Robert P. George) and an adult convert (R. J. Snell), offer the stories of sixteen converts, each a public intellectual or leading voice in their respective fields, and each making a significant contribution to the life of the Church. Mind, Heart, and Soul is a Surprised by Truth for a new generation. It will reinvigorate the faith of Catholics and answer questions or address hurdles those discerning entering the Church may have…by people have had the same questions and the same road. While some of the converts are well-known, their stories are not. Here they speak for themselves, providing the reasons for belief that prompted these accomplished men and women to embrace the ancient faith. Included are interviews with a bishop, a leading theologian and priest, a member of the International Theological Commission, a former megachurch pastor, a prominent pro-life scholar, professors from Harvard and other universities, as well as journalists and writers, novelists and scholars. Each are interviewed by another leading scholar, many of whom are themselves converts and familiar with the hesitations, anxieties, discoveries, and hopes of those who discover the Faith. These conversion stories remind us that the Catholic Church retains her vitality, able to provide answers and reasons for hope to new generations of believers, always sustained by the Holy Spirit. It is all too-easy to become discouraged in our day and age, but God never fails to call people to Himself, as evidenced by these remarkable stories. (learn more)

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