Academic journal article Theological Studies

Journeys of Faith: Evangelicalism, Eastern Orthodoxy, Catholicism, and Anglicanism

Academic journal article Theological Studies

Journeys of Faith: Evangelicalism, Eastern Orthodoxy, Catholicism, and Anglicanism

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JOURNEYS OF FAITH: EVANGELICALISM, EASTERN ORTHODOXY, CATHOLICISM, AND ANGLICAYISM. Edited by Robert L. Plummer. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2012. Pp. 256. $18.99.

This significant book addresses an issue that all Christian traditions experience today. The Pew Forum estimates that "about half of American adults have changed religious affiliation at least once during their lives" (15).

In his introduction, Plummer lays out the intent of his book: to help Evangelicals and non-Evangelicals understand why persons have left their own traditions. In this way a clearer insight emerges into "what fundamental differences remain between Evangelical and non-Evangelical churches" (14).

Four authors who reaffiliated address the phenomenon of conversion. Instead of angry critiques, their faith-filled life-stories demonstrate a heartfelt respect for their former faith communities. At the same time with irenic happiness the reasons emerge for embracing their newly found faith tradition. The book's structure achieves its goal: four faith journeys are presented, followed by a response from their former faith tradition; finally, the convert offers a concise response. Three of the four faith journeys are of people who left the Evangelical tradition for more liturgical churches such as the Eastern Orthodox, Roman Catholic, and Anglican traditions. …

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