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Tell me your story (second time)

Many of you know that I have published a book on conversion, Turning to Jesus, and that I have also done two studies of conversion of a more particular nature: one on why Evangelicals convert to Roman Catholicism (see sidebar in Studies I have online) and one on why Jews convert to faith in Jesus as Messiah (forthcoming this winter/spring). I have been trying to collect stories on why Roman Catholics become Evangelicals, and this is where I need your help: I’ve not been able to get a sufficient number of stories to collect enough evidence to write my next piece. So, please send me your story if you can or encourage someone else to do so.
What should it be like? Above all, it should be “your” story. What helps most is if you explore and think and write about your past and what it was that precipitated your conversion to evangelicalism. What kind of crisis did you experience? What did you go through? Who influenced you? What influenced you? What was it like for your family? Why did you sense a need that your current faith was not adequate? These sorts of things — but above all it needs to be “your” story.
How long? As long as you’d like — but the best ones are about 10-20 pages (double-spaced). Some are longer, as there are things that have to be explained, but a short one-pager doesn’t do it.
Finally, if you’d like some “theory” of conversion, look at my Categories: Conversion and you can see there that I summarize my Turning to Jesus book.
Please don’t publish your story in my Comment box, but send it to me e-mail ( or send it to my office: Scot McKnight, North Park University, 3225 W. Foster Ave., Chicago, IL 60625. (You won’t get paid, and neither will I — but I’ll publish the results here, too, and send you a copy of the article when published.)

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posted January 25, 2006 at 1:40 pm

Can you explain or define your understanding of evangelical a bit? As a person who has moved from the Roman Catholic church to a mainline protestant church, I am not sure if my story fits the model your looking for. I have seen some changes in my thinking and the way I live my faith. In the RC world evangelical is a code word for protestant. I am learning that simply is not the case. When you say evangelical in this context, what exactly are you looking for?

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Scot McKnight

posted January 25, 2006 at 2:02 pm

From David Bebbington.
Personal conversion.
Authority of the Bible
Centrality of the Cross
Personal holiness/service and evangelism

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Dana Ames

posted January 25, 2006 at 4:10 pm

Scot, I am one and I will get it to you as soon as I make some time to gather my thoughts and write them down. I’ve been doing some “brain work” in prep.

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posted January 26, 2006 at 3:14 pm

I attend an english-speaking evangelical church in Argentina and I know some RC Argentines that have made this conversion. The issue is translation…not only language but also cultural.
I don’t personally know anyone that could adequately write their story in English but I suspect that you would have some luck by searching out bi-lingual evangelical Latinos in the US. Just a thought.
BTW, love the blog – it’s challenging.
J.R. Dollins

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Michael Krahn

posted March 19, 2006 at 1:49 pm

Hi Scot,
I just read “From Wheaton…” this morning and went to find you on the web to ask if you had considered writing “From Rome to Willow Creek”. And if you hadn’t, then I was going to start on it. I see that you have started… but I think I will too as the Catholic-Protestant debate is something that I spend a great deal of time thinking and writing about.
After doing a Google search this afternoon on terms like “deconversion”, “former catholic”, and “anti-catholic” it appears as though credible former Catholics are tough to come by. If you simply search “Catholic convert” it will very quickly take you to information about Scott Hahn, Mark Shea, and Steve Ray. So I, like you, have the idea of flushing out less prominent converts. I have a few ideas on how to do that.
I have further observations and ideas that I will send to you personally and I will continue to watch your blog.

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posted March 21, 2006 at 10:32 am

im currently studying philosophy and ethics at a2 level and am researching miscellaneous conversions. I was wondering if you knew of any examples that i could chare with my class.
If anything spring to mind would you please e-mail me thank you

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