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Crossing the Tiber: Evangelical Protestants Discover the Historical Church Paperback – January 1, 1997


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  • Paperback: 294 pages
  • Publisher: Ignatius Press (January 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0898705770
  • ISBN-13: 978-0898705775
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.4 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #78,788 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kay's book is excellent and for a deep, researched read.
MARK A MACDONALD
Stephen Ray's grasp of Church history and the early fathers makes this book a powerful tool for chiseling away Protestant misconceptions of the Catholic faith.
Thomas More
When I was looking for the fullness of God's truth, I read MANY books.
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76 of 79 people found the following review helpful By M. Wallace on January 25, 2000
Format: Paperback
I can't recommend this book enough. The information that is contained in CROSSING THE TIBER is unbelievable. No skimming through any of Steve Ray's books. His knowledge of Scripture and writings of the early Church Fathers is amazing. Wait until you see all of his footnotes. I'll tell you of how God used this book for someone that I don't even know the name of . I was on a flight that I wasn't even supposed to be on (flight change), in a seat that I wasn't supposed to be sitting in (someone took my assigned seat, thank God), and I sat next to a real chatterbox. He just kept talking. I tried to read the paper, eat lunch, anything, but nothing quieted him. Then he got up to use the restroom, so I pulled out CROSSING THE TIBER to finish it. I only had a few pages to go. And I thought the man would not interrupt me if he saw I was reading. I was wrong. He asked me what book I was reading so I flashed it at him. "What's it about," he asked. I told him it was a religious book since that usually ends the conversation. Not this one. He asked me specifically what it was about. So I told him. A former Baptist who converted to Catholicsm started it as an explanation to his family about his decision to convert. The last two sections deal with the Eucharist and Baptism from a Scriptural and early Church writings standpoint. Then I turned to look at him. He had gone completely white. He told me he had just converted to Catholicsm from Baptist and his family's two main problems with it were the Eucharist and Baptism. When I tried to give him the book, he refused. I told him I wasn't even supposed to be on that flight or in that seat and it was obvious God wanted him to have that book. I pray it helped him and his family. I never learned his name, but I think of him often.
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59 of 62 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 30, 1999
Format: Paperback
Steve Ray, in his first effort, has clearly demonstrated a great love for Truth. Steve puts forward support of the Catholic understanding of Baptism and the Eucharistic in a readable and highly scholastic manner.
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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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful By book worm VINE VOICE on December 2, 2006
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Introduction:

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.

Author:

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.

Content:

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.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By wmwal@aol.com on March 10, 1999
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Of all the books I've read on the subject of the history of the catholic/protestant scism, this is probably the best. If you have trouble reading small print, better get a good pair of magnifying glasses, cause Ray has alot of footnotes throughout, and they're as interesting as the body of the book itself. There is so much I never knew about the Church as an evan gelical christian. This book is informative, and he does not ever come across negative towards protestantism. He just pretty much relates his and his family's personal journey, and then goes into great delay on the teachings of Baptism and The Eucharist. I think alot of Catholics who've never left the church could be inspired by this writer. I'm reading it for the 2nd time, and gleaning more this time than the first!
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 19, 1999
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Steve Ray is one of my very favorite Catholic authors, and his excellent "Crossing the Tiber" has impressed me every time I've read it. His discussion of non-Catholic Christianity is charitable and fair, and his study of baptism and the Eucharist is quite thorough. As someone who came home to the Catholic Church after being an evangelical Protestant, I could closely identify with the story of the Ray family's conversion process. Great stuff!
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