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In May 2007, Beckwith, the president of the Evangelical Theology Society (ETS), stepped down as president of the society and resigned his membership. Eight days earlier, Beckwith had embraced the Catholicism of his childhood and youth and had been publicly received back into the Catholic Church. In this thinly written, often plodding book, Beckwith lukewarmly chronicles his journey back to Catholicism, from his early days of reading philosophy and his academic study with Protestant Christian apologists such as Norman Geisler and John Warwick Montgomery to his graduate work at Fordham and the encouragement of various family members to embrace Catholicism once again. In the end, Beckwith takes the best from both worlds, claiming that he is an evangelical insofar as he believes in the Gospel (evangel) and a Catholic insofar as he believes that the church is universal. Since Beckwith's book resembles a conversation among those in the know about the principles and struggles within ETS and Catholicism, it would have been more useful as a journal article. The book has little meaning for anyone outside this select circle struggling with a move from Protestantism to Catholicism. (Jan.)
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"In 2007 Francis Beckwith, an esteemed scholar on ethical and political issues at Baylor University, after announcing that he had returned to the Roman Catholic Church, resigned as president of the Evangelical Theological Society. In this highly readable apologia pro vita sua, Frank reveals the reasons for his surprising spiritual odyssey."--Edwin M. Yamauchi, Miami University and 2006 ETS President

"Frank Beckwith sketches vividly the sense of home that so many of us have found in the Catholic Church. It is the one place where we can have it all, where we can be both evangelical and catholic. Told with grace and wit, Frank Beckwith narrates life as it really is: a divine comedy. And he makes us all laugh with him as he tells a truly edifying story."--Scott Hahn, Franciscan University of Steubenville

"Moving, memorable, unblinkingly honest but always alive with charity, Beckwith's Christian story--leaving the Catholic Church, serving the Lord as a world class Evangelical scholar and teacher, then finally returning to his Catholic roots while treasuring his Evangelical journey--is an unforgettable witness. I highly recommend it."--Charles J. Chaput, OFM Cap, Archbishop of Denver

"St. Augustine famously said that the word 'religion' is derived from reeligere, to choose again, perhaps over and over in the sense of a reunion. Here is that reunion story once again. Frank Beckwith takes us through some of the most interesting religious and intellectual terrain of the post-1960s generation of American Catholics. Far from being a rebuke of Evangelical Protestants, who nourished him deeply, Beckwith's 'confession' should be a wake-up call for Catholics."--Russell Hittinger, University of Tulsa

"Frank Beckwith's memoir is a remarkable act of evangelical charity. He recounts his reversion to Catholicism in ways that honor his Evangelical past, even as he shows how its riches are being transformed by his new life in the communion of Rome."--Ralph C. Wood, Baylor University

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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Brazos Press; Second Printing edition (December 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1587432471
  • ISBN-13: 978-1587432477
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
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When Dr. Francis Beckwith announced that he was stepping down as President of the Evangelical Theological Society and returning to the Catholic Church of his youth, it caused quite a stir. Catholic and Evangelical blogs alike parsed every word and action of Dr. Beckwith, either rejoicing at his move or trying to divine the "real reason" behind his conversion. Now we can hear the full story in his book, "Return to Rome: Confessions of an Evangelical Catholic."

As a former Evangelical who converted to Catholicism over 15 years ago, I was eagerly anticipating Dr. Beckwith's book. I was especially intrigued that he continues to consider himself both Evangelical and Catholic, designations I've retained as well. Then when I saw that two former professors of mine - Dr. Edwin Yamauchi, a prominent Evangelical, and Dr. Scott Hahn, a prominent Catholic convert - had both endorsed this book, I knew I had to read it as soon as possible.

I was not disappointed. It was difficult to put this book down: personal, humorous, and engaging, "Return to Rome" is a marvelous account of one man's journey back to the faith of his fathers. Nothing in the book is new when it comes to doctrinal debates, although Dr. Beckwith's erudite style admirably adds to the Protestant-Catholic discussion. The real value in this book comes from Dr. Beckwith's charitable attitude towards his non-Catholic brothers and sisters, and his continued admiration for (and attachment to) all that is true and right within Evangelicalism. The danger for the convert is that he rejects not only the errors of his past, but that he also rejects even those things that are good and beautiful about his former way of life. Dr. Beckwith does not fall into this trap.
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In one sense, there's no need for a book like this to be written. The tale of a prominent Protestant ethicist and philosopher, former president of the Evangelical Theological Society, returning to the communion of his youth, the Roman Catholic Church, really isn't news; this kind of thing goes on quite regularly--Evangelical Christians becoming Catholic, and Catholic Christians becoming Evangelical.

What is unique about this story is that Francis Beckwith wants to continue to be considered as an Evangelical even as he returns to his Roman Catholic roots.

How does that work? Isn't there a great divide that separates Evangelicals from Catholics?

Not necessarily, says Beckwith, and, one might add, a growing number of ecumenically minded Christians, from both sides of the aisle, so to speak. For example, from the Protestant side, you have Brian McLaren, with A Generous Orthodoxy, in which he claims that, as a Protestant Christian, he is free to adopt the Catholic liturgy (or at least portions thereof) as his rightful patrimony, as well as Mark Noll's interesting book, Is the Reformation Over?, not to mention D. H. Williams's exercise in Evangelical Ressourcement, Evangelicals and Tradition. From the Catholic side you have books like Louis Bouyer's Spirit and Forms of Protestantism and Word, Church and Sacraments, as well as Jean Guitton's great and irenic book, The Church and the Gospel.

What does all this mean?

For one thing, it means that the divided Church is a scandal, per se. In a sense, it doesn't even matter who's to blame: the mere FACT of the divided Church brings scandal to Christianity. The question is, how to get it back together?
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I followed a path similar to Frank Beckwith's returning to the Catholic Church in 1998. I, too, spent most of my time away from the Catholic Church within evangelical Protestant circles. I even crossed paths with Frank Beckwith from time to time, most often because of a common interest in philosophy and worldview questions. Consequently, I had a very personal interest in the story of his reversion to Catholicism.
It was no surprise that the questions and issues that prompted Beckwith's reversion were the same as those of most other thoughtful Protestant converts and reverts. If that were all there was to this book, it would make a good read, but it would be just one more in a long line of conversion stories.
What makes Beckwith's story somewhat unique is that reading his story, you sense his love and appreciation for his evangelical friends and colleagues. Rather than emphasizing divisions between evangelicals and Catholics, he seems to be urging his Protestant friends to open their thinking to realize that Catholics, too, might be considered to be evangelicals. He urges Protestants to reconsider barriers they have erected against Catholics.
Of course, he argues for the correctness of Catholic theological conclusions, but he does so in a gracious manner that invites discussion. Because of that gracious tone, this is a book that I recommend to both Catholic and Protestant readers.
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As I wrote this review it became clear to me that I was actually writing about many books, and had to work hard to stay focused on this one. Perhaps this review is a "tale of two books:" Beckwith's volume, and the book of apologetics written by Norman Geissler in response. Beckwith's book is not a book of apologetics in the strict sense. Nor is it completely a memoir. It may be a mix of both genres, but to the mind of this reviewer, it transcends most books of either sort.

This book reads very much like an explanation. Not designed to be a thorough apologetic nor a complete rejection of another Christian tradition (like Geissler's uncharitable, bigoted, and failed attempt at a "rebuttal": Is Rome the True Church?: A Consideration of the Roman Catholic Claim) it is rather a compelling narrative that seeks to explain why the president of a prominent evangelical theological organization (the ETS) would return home to the Church of his youth.

The typical biblical proof-texts are not hammered home to excess and exegesis on them is not shared in great length, which is a good thing. As compelling as the old arguments are, protestants have proof-texts of their own, and one can only hear the same old Bible verses screamed at the top of one's lungs uncharitably so many times before one becomes convinced that Christian charity is absent on the part of the players in the argument. This book on the other hand is a level headed, clear, compelling story and pretty thorough explanation for the reasons for Beckwith's conversion, and it is told without acrimony and without a meanness of spirit. That says something about the quality of Dr. Beckwith as a man.
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