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Crossing the Tiber: Evangelical Protestants Discover the Historical Church

by Ray, Stephen K.

Ignatius 1997

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Crossing the Tiber: Evangelical Protestants Discover the Historical Church
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Overview

Crossing the Tiber is an exhilarating conversion story of a devout Baptist who relates how he overcame his hostility to the Catholic Church by a combination of serious Bible study and vast research of the writings of the early Church Fathers. In addition to a moving account of their conversion that caused Ray and his wife to “cross the Tiber” to Rome, he offers an in-depth treatment of Baptism and the Eucharist in Scripture and the ancient Church.

Thoroughly documented with hundreds of footnotes, this contains perhaps the most complete compilation of biblical and patristic quotations and commentary available on Baptism and the Eucharist, as well as a detailed analysis of Sola Scriptura and Tradition.

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Key Features

  • Traces Steve and Janet Ray’s initial hostility toward the Catholic Church
  • Provides biblical and patristic quotations and commentary on the issues of Baptism and the Eucharist
  • Discusses Steve and Janet Ray’s research and discovery of the historical Church
  • Offers a thorough analysis of Sola Scriptura and Tradition

Contents

  • Part One: Crossing the Tiber
    • Our Conversion
    • Our Inherited Protestant Roots
    • Why We Chose Christianity
    • The Foundations of Our Evangelicalism
    • Our Thinking Begins to Shift
    • Our Evangelical Foundations Begin to Crumble
    • Sola Scriptura and Private Interpretation of the Bible Bring Disunity
    • Scripture, Tradition, and the Canon of Scripture
    • Our Struggle with Other “Catholic Issues”
    • We Begin to Discover the One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church
    • Should We Accept Church Authority?
    • The Next Important Crossroads: Catholic or Orthodox?
    • The Final Stages of Our Journey
    • Our First Move Is toward the Eastern Orthodox Churches
    • We Take the Plunge
    • The Dawn of a New Year
    • We Finally Come Home on Pentecost Sunday, 1994
  • Part Two: Baptism in the Scriptures and in the Ancient Church
    • Introduction: The Origins of Baptism
      • Baptism Was a Pagan and Religious Rite
      • Christ Redeems What Is Pagan and Makes It Holy
      • Scripture and the Church: A Unified Teaching
      • Baptism vs. Faith
      • What Does Baptism Do? Who Believes What?
      • As We Begin Our Journey into the Past
    • Baptism as Taught in Scripture
    • Baptism as Taught by the Fathers
    • Baptism as Taught in Current Church Teaching
    • Conclusion: A Few Comments and Observations
  • Part Three: The Eucharist in the Scriptures and in the Ancient Church
    • Introduction
    • The Eucharist as Taught in Scripture
    • The Eucharist as Taught by the Fathers
    • The Eucharist in Current Church Teaching
    • Summary
    • John Henry Cardinal Newman on the Eucharist
    • The Real Presence: A Short History of the Resistance
    • Conclusion: A Few Comments and Observations

Praise for the Print Edition

This is really three books in one that offers not only a compelling conversion story, but documented facts that are likely to cinch many other conversions.

Karl Keating, founder and president, Catholic Answers

A very moving and astute story. I am enormously impressed with Ray’s candor, courage, and theological literacy.

—Thomas Howard, author, Dove Descending: A Journey Into T. S. Eliot’s Four Quartets

Product Details

  • Title: Crossing the Tiber: Evangelical Protestants Discover the Historical Church
  • Author: Stephen K. Ray
  • Publisher: Ignatius Press
  • Publication Date: 1997
  • Pages: 284

About Stephen K. Ray

Stephen K. Ray converted to the Catholic Church from a Baptist background in 1994, after an in-depth study of the writings of the Church Fathers. He is the host of the popular, award-winning film series on salvation history, The Footprints of God. Steve is the author of the bestselling books St. John’s Gospel and Upon This Rock. He is a popular conference and retreat speaker, has been a guest radio speaker, and made appearances EWTN.

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