Welcome to gandalfsbeardblog. I write primarily about religious topics from a Roman Catholic perspective.

I converted to Roman Catholicism from an evangelical Protestant background. I came to feel that evangelicalism’s answers to the theological questions that must consumed me — the nature of predestination, the fairness of divine judgment, the proper interpretation of the Bible, the existence of Purgatory, etc. — were (to be very blunt) rather poor and inarticulate in comparison to those of other traditions.

For a while, this led me to liberal Protestantism (though I continued to affirm the literal, bodily resurrection of Jesus). What I appreciated about liberal Protestantism was its brutally honest approach to the Bible. Where evangelicals often try to hide what Origen of Alexandria might call “the scandals” that are present in Scripture, liberal Protestants forthrightly admit them and often criticize them. (Think of some of the Old Testament’s texts that justify slavery, for example.) Overtime, however, I acquired the belief that liberal Protestants are often driven more by secular post-Enlightenment sensibilities than they are by Christian history. This becomes quite evident in their discussions of the miraculous, or their treatment of traditional Christian sexual ethics.

Eventually, through the prodding of a friend, I found my way into the Church of Rome. I believe that the Roman Catholic Church offers solutions to most theological questions that I encountered as an evangelical, particularly to the question of how to read the Bible. In the Catholic Church, reading the Bible apart from tradition is a serious mistake. Tradition is the corrective lens through which Scripture can be properly understood. If John Calvin (for example) had been more attentive to the apostolic tradition, perhaps he might have avoided some of what I would consider to be his more glaring errors. (Even the Calvinist Protestant world, not all of Calvin’s ideas are well received.)

As a recent convert to Roman Catholicism, I hope that this blog can be of interest to anyone who is seeking to broaden their theological horizons.


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