- Paperback: 294 pages
- Publisher: Ignatius Press (January 1, 1997)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0898705770
- ISBN-13: 978-0898705775
- Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.2 x 1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (94 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,711 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Crossing the Tiber: Evangelical Protestants Discover the Historical Church Paperback – January 1, 1997
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Back in 1994 Stephen K. Ray began writing "Crossing the Tiber" as an attempt to explain to his Baptist family (and his Evangelical friends) his spiritual and intellectual journey into Catholicism. This is a conversion story (and a Roman-Catholic apologetics) book unlike any other. It has been helpful in my pilgrim's journey from a Baptist-family background to a more historical and liturgical tradition found in the Lutheran movement. The Tiber is a river that traverses the city of Rome and borders the Vatican state.
Ray, and his wife, come from strong Evangelical families, and his writing shows his candor, courage, and theological literacy. The Rays have spent years investigating and researching Church history, doctrine and theology (sola Scriptura, etc.), studying the Bible and reading the writings of the Church Fathers. The author seems to be very much in love with the Roman Catholic Church (RCC) and its faith but do not let his overly enthusiastic tone be confused with lack of theological and historical knowledge.
From the very beginning the author explains his purpose for writing this book and its intent is to be " 'pastoral' in tone - not combative and harsh." The content of the book seems a bit academic, because there are many comprehensive and useful footnotes which sometimes take up 80% of the respective page. There is a good index at the end, and also a bibliographical list of the research books the author used the most in his journey across the Tiber.
The book is divided into three strategic parts.Read more ›
The work is a fine contribution to the Christian faith. It begins with a conversion story quite enjoyable to read and is completed by a truly revealing review of Baptism and the Eucharist.
Catholics will be strengthened in their faith. Protestants will be treated to a fine explanation of matters which often divide Catholics and Protestants. Buy the book. It is worth the read and don't pass up the footnotes.
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An amazing insightful journey. Scriptural justification and documentation for actions and beliefs.Published 10 days ago by Michael Monreale
Like other reviewers, I loved the detailed information about the Catholic faith as compared to Protestant theology. Read morePublished 29 days ago by azgardenlady
I enjoyed reading the book, especially the detailed discussion of the sacriments with copious proof texts from scripture and the church fathers.Published 4 months ago by Butterchurn
Great book, read it twice...for all Chrsitains, not just for Protestants considering the Church.Published 4 months ago by Mike Peck
I've read several good "Evangelical-to-Catholic" books but this one wasn't one of them. The book is basically split into three parts: 1) The authors testimony of... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Animal