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PART ONE -- Eastern Orthodoxy
A Case for Eastern Orthodoxy (Wilbur Ellsworth) 35 pages
Wilbur Ellsworth [Chairman of the board of Reformation & Revival Ministries, current pastor of Christ Church in Glen Ellyn, Illinois, author of The Power of Speaking God's Word and a frequent writer for Reformation & Revival Journal], is a recent prominent convert to Eastern Orthodoxy, will begin with a personal account of his faith journey. The majority of the chapter will be Ellsworth's defense of Eastern Orthodoxy as the most faithful expression of Christianity in his opinion. Ellsworth will make his appeal biblically, historically, theologically, experientially, etc.
A Critical Assessment of Eastern Orthodoxy (Craig Blaising) 10 pages
Craig Blaising [Executive Vice President and Provost and Professor of Theology] is a prominent Patristics scholar and theologian at Southwestern Seminary and will provide an irenic evangelical critique of Eastern Orthodoxy. While appreciating much of Eastern Orthodoxy's shared theological affirmations, Blaising will argue that conversion to Eastern Orthodoxy is not a valid option for an evangelical committed to biblical faithfulness. This chapter ends with a 5 page rejoinder by Wilbur Ellsworth.
PART TWO -- Roman Catholicism
A Case for Roman Catholicism (Frank Beckwith) 35 pages
Frank Beckwith [Professor of Philosophy & Church-State Studies at Baylor University] is a former president of the Evangelical Theological Society and recent convert to Catholicism and will begin by giving a brief description of his faith journey. The majority of the chapter will be Beckwith's defense of Catholicism as the most compelling expression of Christianity.
A Critical Assessment of Catholicism (Gregg Allison) 10 pages
Gregg Allison [Professor of Theology at Southern Seminary] is a recognized expert on Catholicism and will argue that a commitment to the Bible as God's Word precludes conversion to Catholicism. In a non-polemical tone, Allison will show that the claims of Catholicism do not hold up to theological and historical testing. This chapter ends with a 5 page rejoinder by Frank Beckwith.
PART THREE -- Evangelicalism
A Case for Evangelicalism (Chris Castaldo) 35 pages
Chris Castaldo [Pastor of Outreach and Church Planting at College Church in Wheaton, IL] is a prominent convert to the evangelical faith and author of Holy Ground: Walking with Jesus as a Former Catholic (Zondervan, October 2009). Castaldo will recount his faith journey from Catholicism, gently making his case for the evangelical tradition as the most biblical and faithful expression of Christianity.
A Critical Assessment of Evangelicalism (Brad Gregory) 10 pages
Brad Gregory [Associate Professor of History at Notre Dame] will provide a critical appraisal of Evangelicalism from a Catholic perspective. In this chapter, Gregory addresses a hypothetical Catholic who is considering the spiritual path of Chris Castaldo (i.e., conversion to the evangelical faith). From a Catholic perspective, what is deficient in the evangelical tradition? In light of evangelical claims, why should one remain Catholic? This chapter ends with a 5 page rejoinder by Chris Castaldo.
PART FOUR -- Anglicanism
A Case for Anglicanism (Mark Galli) 35 pages
Mark Galli [Senior Managing Editor of Christianity Today] is a well-known convert to Anglicanism and author of several books, including A Great and Terrible Love: A Spiritual Journey into the Attributes of God (Baker, 2009). In this chapter, Galli explains how he became convinced that the Anglican faith (esp. its liturgy and understandings of church tradition) was the most compelling expression of Christianity.
A Critical Assessment of Anglicanism (Gregory Thorbury) 10 pages
Greg Thornbury [Dean of the School of Christian Studies, Union University, Jackson, TN, and Senior Fellow of Kairos Journal] will provide a critical appraisal of Anglicanism from an evangelical perspective. In this chapter, Thornbury argues that while the Anglican Church evidences many faithful expressions of Christianity---it does so in spite of its flawed ecclesiology and distorted understanding of the Bible's authority. Evangelicals should dialogue with Anglicans, but not convert, says Thornbury. This chapter ends with a 5 page rejoinder by Mark Galli.
Conclusion (Rob Plummer) 10 pages
The concluding chapter will summarize the above discussions for the reader and offer suggestions for how the information in the book can both solidify an evangelical's faith and offer guidance for future interfaith dialogue.