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Evangelical and Catholic?

Dr. Francis J. Beckwith writes a wonderful piece at Inside Catholic on whether evangelicalism and Catholicism are mutually exclusive. He thinks not.

On May 5, 2007, I resigned as president of the Evangelical Theological Society (ETS), and two days later I resigned my membership, one I held for more than 20 years. I did so because I quickly realized -- after news of my April 29, 2007, public reception into the Catholic Church had spread like wildfire on the internet and in the media -- that there was no way that ETS could conduct business with my continued presence on the executive committee or its membership. In fact, soon after my resignation, two ETS members proposed extensive changes in the organization's doctrinal statement so that no one would ever question the indelible Protestant character of ETS. Although not supported by the ETS executive committee, their proposal will be voted on by the membership at this week's annual meeting in Providence, Rhode Island. These changes, if passed, would leave no doubt that ETS excludes all non-Protestants from its membership...
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2 comments:

Francis J. Beckwith said...

Thank you for your kind comments.

Wayne said...

This is intriguing to me. I read his article and I followed his points well. I also followed the points of his commenters. All through it though, I had this short article in my mind which was written as a guide for a South Carolina parish whose pastor is Fr. Jay Scott Newman: http://www.stmarysgvl.org/discipleship/evangelical-catholicism.

I think it gets at exactly what Mr. Beckwith is trying to say, especially in his book. Enjoy!


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