Friday, October 16, 2009

Steve Ray's Crossing the Tiber is on Google Books!

Former Baptist Steve Ray's book-length conversion story is (partially) available on Google Books.

This is really terrific news, because Steve's book really goes into detail about the intellectual, spiritual, and historical journeys that led to his conversion to Catholicism--a conversion that many of my Baptist readers should find intriguing.

Readers will quickly see that Steve's conversion was not a rash or irrational decision.  Readers will also be able to see that Steve was in love with the Lord and was willing to pursue the Truth of the Lord wherever it led him.

One of the most valuable parts of the book are the footnotes to the conversion story, which include many citations from Protestant scholars.  Ironically, it was the writings of Protestant scholars that played a significant role in pointing Steve toward the Catholic Church.

Also of great importance are the latter two sections on Baptism and the Eucharist, where Steve examines the Biblical and patristic sources of these doctrines.

As you read, remember that Steve is not a highly-trained theologian (though he has by now far surpassed the average laymen in his knowledge of God).  Learning the truth does not require three PhD's in dogmatics.  But do notice that Steve thinks critically and researches his topics with an open mind and heart.  So join Steve in really studying closely what the earliest fathers of Christianity had to say about baptism and the Eucharist.

Read Crossing the Tiber here!

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