Evangelical Exodus, Ignatius Press, 2016
Over the course of the past decade, dozens of students, alumni, and faculty from Southern Evangelical Seminary in North Carolina have converted to Catholicism. These conversions occurred among people with varied backgrounds and motivations – many of whom did not share their thoughts with one another (or even know one another) until their decisions had already been made.
This phenomena is all the more rather striking given that the seminary’s co-founder, long-time president, and popular professor, 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 evangelical seminary students and professors to risk losing their jobs, ministries, and sometimes even family and friends, to embrace teachings they once rejected as false or even heretical? Speculation has been rampant and, unfortunately, often dismissive and misguided – leading to more confusion than understanding.
For those who wish to know the truth, the stories of many of these converts is now being told by those who know it best – the converts themselves.
Thoughtful Evangelicals, Catholics, and those caught in-between, will benefit from the tales of these converts’ personal journeys, as well as their discussions of the primary issues they had to face such as the nature of the biblical canon and the identification of Christian orthodoxy, as well as problems with the Protestant doctrines of Sola Scriptura (“Scripture Alone”) and Sola Fide (“Faith Alone”).