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Did you see this? AN Wilson is a believer

posted by Scot McKnight

AN Wilson, known to many as a religious skeptic and critic of the Christian faith, tells his story of faith in public. I hadn’t heard this before, and maybe I’m woefully outdated, but here it is. A week ago, there […]

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Jonathan Edwards on Revival

posted by Scot McKnight

The most famous sermon in American history is “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God.” The most famous theologian in American history is Jonathan Edwards, the theologian who preached that most famous sermon. My friend and a Jonathan Edwards […]

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Interview with Anne Rice 2

posted by Scot McKnight

This just added: Beliefnet has a discussion group about Anne Rice. Recently I read Anne Rice’s new memoir, I reviewed it on this blog (part one, part two), and Beliefnet found a way for us to get in contact with […]

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Conversion

posted by Scot McKnight

Do you think folks convert at a single moment or do you think it happens (for some) over time? Do you think it happens different for different people — some all at once and others over time? Let me give […]

Interview with Anne Rice 1

posted by Scot McKnight

I recently read Anne Rice’s memoir (Called Out of Darkness: A Spiritual Confession ); the good folks at Beliefnet got me in touch with Anne for an interview — and I’m most grateful for her time and for her answers. […]

The Christ-Haunted Vampire Novelist 2

posted by Jesus Creed Admin

Anne Rice’s vampire novels have sold 100 million copies. She now writes, as she tells us so candidly in her memoir of conversion, Called Out of Darkness: A Spiritual Confession , solely for God. This is our second post on […]

The Christ-Haunted Vampire Novelist

posted by Jesus Creed Admin

Anne Rice’s vampire novels have sold 100 million copies. She now writes, as she tells us so candidly in her memoir of conversion, Called Out of Darkness: A Spiritual Confession , solely for God. Her story is an old genre: […]

Chrysalis: Elizabeth Chapin

posted by xscot mcknight

This post is from Elizabeth Chapin. I’ve had this awhile but last week was occupied with other topics. Elizabeth’s post is serious and stands alone. While Leonard Sweet considers Alan Jamieson?s Chrysalis as ?destined to become a classic? I found […]

More on the Liturgical Turn

posted by xscot mcknight

What is going on? There is a rise, a burgeoning rise, of young college students converting from low church evangelicalism, with its anemic, unhistorical ecclesiology, to the great liturgical traditions: Eastern Orthodoxy and Roman Catholicism. Three students this semester have […]

TruthQuest

posted by xscot mcknight

Hauna Ondrey and I spoke at Willow Creek’s excellent TruthQuest forum last Friday night. A good size gathering of folks came out for nearly two hours — on a rainy night — for our session. (Hauna and I wrote Finding […]

Apostasy from Orthodoxy

posted by xscot mcknight

An informed reader of the blog has sent this letter into me and I want to post it and offer a response — a brief one — at the end. Scot, these are my thoughts on Chrysalis: The Hidden Transformation […]

Chrysalis: John Frye

posted by xscot mcknight

Conversion and conversions will be themes of this blog for the next couple of weeks. This series on Chrysalis is about Alan Jamieson’s book Chrysalis: The Hidden Transformation in the Journey of Faith. Today’s comes from John Frye.

Finding Faith, Losing Faith: RJS

posted by xscot mcknight

We have asked a few folks to respond to our recent book, Finding Faith, Losing Faith: Stories of Conversion and Apostasy. Today “RJS” responds to the chapter that is about apostasy and its reasons, and this chp comes from someone […]

Finding Faith, Losing Faith: John Frye

posted by xscot mcknight

Today I have asked John Frye to respond to the chp on why Catholics are moving to Evangelicalism, a movement of dramatic numbers in South America. As a pastor, John knows the substance of this chapter in Finding Faith, Losing […]

Finding Faith, Losing Faith: Art Boulet

posted by xscot mcknight

In this series on our book, Finding Faith, Losing Faith, we have a chp on why Evangelicals become Catholics. Michael Spencer (iMonk) wrote one response. I also asked Art Boulet, who blogs at his excellent blog, and he has this […]

Chrysalis: Mark Farmer

posted by xscot mcknight

Conversion and conversions will be themes of this blog for the next couple of weeks. This series on Chrysalis is about Alan Jamieson’s book Chrysalis: The Hidden Transformation in the Journey of Faith. Today’s comes from Mark Farmer.

Chrysalis: Andrew

posted by xscot mcknight

Conversion and conversions will be themes of this blog for the next couple of weeks. This series on Chrysalis is about Alan Jamieson’s book Chrysalis: The Hidden Transformation in the Journey of Faith. Today’s comes from Andrew.

Chrysalis: Scott Gay

posted by xscot mcknight

Conversion and conversions will be themes of this blog for the next couple of weeks. This series on Chrysalis is about Alan Jamieson’s book Chrysalis: The Hidden Transformation in the Journey of Faith. Today’s comes from Scott Gay.

Chrysalis: Matt Staton

posted by xscot mcknight

Conversion and conversions will be themes of this blog for the next couple of weeks. This series on Chrysalis is about Alan Jamieson’s book Chrysalis: The Hidden Transformation in the Journey of Faith. Today’s comes from Matt Staton.

Chrysalis: Rachel

posted by xscot mcknight

Conversion and conversions will be themes of this blog for the next couple of weeks. We will suspend our “heaven” series, continue our books — Wright and Bain — but will also be having posts about our new book, Finding […]

Chrysalis: A Brief

posted by xscot mcknight

A book many of us are reading for this blog, and we will have a number of reviews from our readers, is by Alan Jamieson and is called Chrysalis: The Hidden Transformation in the Journey of Faith. I was reminded […]

iMonk on Finding Faith, Losing Faith

posted by xscot mcknight

A couple weeks back I mentioned that I wrote a book with Hauna Ondrey called Finding Faith, Losing Faith: Stories of Conversion and Apostasy, and I have asked a few folks to “respond” to specific chapters. (These are not “reviews” […]

Chrysalis: Cindy

posted by xscot mcknight

Conversion and conversions will be themes of this blog for the next couple of weeks. We will suspend our “heaven” series, continue our books — Wright and Bain — but will also be having posts about our new book, Finding […]

Finding Faith, Losing Faith

posted by xscot mcknight

Our book is now out! And this time “our” means “Scot McKnight and Hauna Ondrey.” A real plural. The title is Finding Faith, Losing Faith: Stories of Conversion and Apostasy and Baylor has produced a book that fits well in […]

Evangelizing Postmoderns

posted by xscot mcknight

A regular question I get asked goes something like this: “If you believe in a robust gospel, how then do you evangelize?” I’ve got two books to recommend to you:

Spiritual Birthline

posted by xscot mcknight

One of our regular commenters, Bob Smallman, was a classmate of mine when we were seminary students and this blog reunited us. Bob has a brother who pastored for 40 years and is now teaching students about evangelism. Stephen Smallman […]

Conversion at Winebrenner

posted by xscot mcknight

I was at Winebrenner Theological Seminary in Findlay OH the last two days, so my access to the blog was limited to just a few minutes each day … got home Wednesday evening to see that there has been a […]

Christian Biographies 2

posted by xscot mcknight

“That sav’d a wretch like me!” These are words from the second line of America’s favorite hymn, a hymn written by John Newton and a central chapter in Jonathan Aitken’s fine, uplifting, and well-written biography called John Newton: From Disgrace […]

Is Image Everything? 3

posted by xscot mcknight

One of the beefs non Christians have with Christians is their perception that Christians want them to “get saved!” So, Kinnaman and Lyons, in unChristian, study this them in chp. 4. This chp, however, is less about the perception that […]

Redemptive Story

posted by xscot mcknight

Mariam, a regular reader of and commenter on this blog, posted this as a comment Sept 26 on our “Conversion” post. I wish here to record my thanks to her for telling her story, a truly redemptive one, at this […]

Conversion

posted by xscot mcknight

How were you converted? Readers of this blog will know of my interest in conversion and mapping conversion stories. In a recent conversation I was confronted once again with this reality: local churches tend to “institutionalize” conversion to fit one […]

Finding Faith/Losing Faith 5

posted by xscot mcknight

Some people lose their faith and then find it again. In Timothy Larsen’s new book Crisis of Doubt, we are treated to seven such figures in 19th Century England. They had a secularist crisis of (their) doubt. This way of […]

Finding Faith/Losing Faith 4

posted by xscot mcknight

I continue to plug away in the late evenings by reading stories of those who have abandoned orthodox Christian theology as I try to map what losing faith looks like. In the last week I read two books. Howard Teeple’s […]

Finding Faith/Losing Faith 3

posted by xscot mcknight

A letter from a former Christian who now is atheistic or agnostic, used with permission and now also leading to some observations about our study on the “anatomy of apostasy.”

Finding Faith/Losing Faith 2

posted by xscot mcknight

One of the sources for my research into why and how some “lose” their orthodox faith is Edward T. Babinski, Leaving the Fold: Testimonies of Former Fundamentalists. My research is not simply concerned with folks who begin as Christian and […]

Finding Faith/Losing Faith 1

posted by xscot mcknight

I let the cat out of the bag Saturday in the Weekly Meanderings and the nice conversation that followed from it. I linked to the story of the reporter named Lobdell who, after a conversion to the faith and after […]

IVCF GSM

posted by xscot mcknight

Tuesday night, Wednesday morning and early afternoon, and Thursday morning I spoke to the InterVarsity Christian Fellowship Graduate Staff Ministries. To my delight, no travel: one mile west of my home is St Mary of the Lake Seminary and IVCF […]

Catholic Flight to Evangelicalism

posted by xscot mcknight

Catholics have been happy with me for three years — for two reasons: I have embraced Mary in a Protestant sort of way but even more because I wrote an article a few years back that detailed why it is […]

Vocational Angst 2

posted by xscot mcknight

Our conversation yesterday about vocation enlightened me and made me thankful for this blog. For me especially was the realization that I could insert into conversations with students the reality that many will change their minds over their lifetime about […]

On Camps

posted by xscot mcknight

Camps and camping have been special to many of us for a long, long time. My theory about what makes camps tick — and I’d like to know your thoughts — is that they “encapsulate” people. That is, people get […]

Party Evangelism: A Churched Perspective

posted by xscot mcknight

One of my students, Renee Dinges, did this project on party evangelism and she is working this out with another of my students, who must have one of the coolest names in history, “Lightning.” He, too, is prayerfully considering becoming […]

What is Party Evangelism?

posted by xscot mcknight

In the next few days I’m publishing here a student project by Renee Dinges, who is preparing herself for church-planting in the Vineyard. She, along with some young folk at the Vineyard Church in Evanston, have initiated a new “party […]

You Converted Me!

posted by xscot mcknight

I have been interested in conversion for a long time, so I am thrilled that Paraclete has now come out with an updated version of one of my all-time classics, the original Christian conversion story, Augustine’s Confessions.

Tell me your story (second time)

posted by xscot mcknight

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 […]

You and Jesus

posted by xscot mcknight

A test I give to my Jesus of Nazareth students at the beginning and end of the semester, which I may have put on this blog before, derives from the North England Institute for Christian Education. This test asks questions […]

Tell me your story

posted by xscot mcknight

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 […]

Wheaton and Roman Catholic Professors

posted by xscot mcknight

Perhaps you are unaware, but The Wall Street Journal, in its Jan 8-9 weekend edition, had a story about Prof Joshua Hochschild, a philosophy professor at Wheaton who converted to Roman Catholicism and then was released by Wheaton because his […]

The Aim of Conversion: Consequences

posted by xscot mcknight

In this post on conversion, I want to look at the sixth dimension of conversion: consequences. The first five dimensions, which are not “steps” but dimensions that often are intertwined and dialectical — like any good relationship, are (1) context, […]

Witness as indicator of conversion

posted by xscot mcknight

In the fifth dimension of conversion (commitment), a person makes it clear that she or he is now committed to a relationship with Jesus. Conversion theorists say they are three “manifestations” of commitment: decision, surrender, and witness. We need to […]

Gentle Nods of the Soul

posted by xscot mcknight

A final thought on Peter. Let us accept that there are sudden or at least cataclysmic conversions like Paul’s. We know little about Paul’s experience prior to his conversion, but it is entirely possible that he had heard the gospel […]

When was Peter…?

posted by xscot mcknight

The blog has been pretty busy today, so it is about time for me to jump and in and give my two cents worth. First, I believe that question, which is innocent in itself, assumes what I will call at […]

What about Peter? When was he converted?

posted by xscot mcknight

The most stimulating discussions I have had over the years in classes and at churches when I am leading a discussion about conversion or about the Jesus Creed “emerge” from this question: What about you, when do you think Peter […]

The Christian temptation to tell clean stories

posted by xscot mcknight

This is perhaps not what you are looking for. By “clean” I mean that Christians often want to tell conversion stories that are clean: I was a sinner and then I found Jesus and now I’m squeaky clean. This kind […]

Emergence and Conversion

posted by xscot mcknight

One of the more interesting features of the Emerging movement (I’m not keen on calling this a “church” until we see some world-wide church structures that encompass the whole) is how it intersects with a fascinating aspect of conversion theory. […]

Crises prompting Conversion

posted by xscot mcknight

People convert to the Christian faith as a result of some crisis, though a word needs to be said about the meaning of “crisis.” Before that, this: the standard form of “crisis” we often see is what is called the […]

Conversion: Kinds and Context

posted by xscot mcknight

In this series of reflections based on Turning to Jesus, I want to look today at the various kinds of conversion and then at the context out of which the convert comes. The process of conversion — whether suddenly or […]

After all, what is conversion?

posted by xscot mcknight

Trying to define conversion in a meaningful way is not easy, so I will go to two major scholars of conversion theory. In doing this, let me emphasize that the scholarly discussion of conversion avoids specific theological terms, so sometimes […]

Church Orientations to Conversion

posted by xscot mcknight

Each local church, whether radically independent or associated with a larger denomination, institutionalizes a conversion orientation. A church does this by the way it presents the gospel, by the way it teaches Sunday School, by the way it preaches from […]

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