Sunday, December 14, 2008

Another Presbyterian Crosses the Tiber

I've just found the blog of Dr. Jonathan Deane, another former PCA/OPC Presbyterian who was confirmed in September 2008. This post describes why he became Catholic. Be sure to give him a hearty welcome to the Church.

9 comments:

George Weis said...

Once again I am stunned at this. The Reformed(ers) I know are the least likely of folks to go this way. It seems as though they are fed a more than healthy dose of respectfully anti-Catholic Reformation theology.

I am wondering if possibly the most vehemently opposed can become the most enthusiastic devout in due time?

What does it really take to hear the bombs no longer and hear the ding-dong of bells? Or the smoke of gunpowder into incense?

If someone always has their rifle loaded, pointed and their eyes squinting to take a shot, how will they ever be able to effectively consider both sides of an argument?

I am not vehemently opposed, but am I a full blown supporter? No. So what's the deal? I have to either pick A or B? A: Rome is full of it or just plain insane, or B: Rome has it all alllllright. That is a tough judgement to make for me.
Do I have to decide now? :)

Much love to you Tim, and much Love to this former PCAer, he seems like a heartfelt man, which I applaud!

-g-

Giovanni A. Cattaneo said...

This reminds me of a quote:

It is impossible to be just to the Catholic Church. The moment men cease to pull against it they feel a tug towards it. The moment they cease to shout it down they begin to listen to it with pleasure. The moment they try to be fair to it they begin to be fond of it. But when that affection has passed a certain point it begins to take on the tragic and menacing grandeur of a great love affair.

- GK Chesterton

Giovanni A. Cattaneo said...

This reminds me of a quote:

It is impossible to be just to the Catholic Church. The moment men cease to pull against it they feel a tug towards it. The moment they cease to shout it down they begin to listen to it with pleasure. The moment they try to be fair to it they begin to be fond of it. But when that affection has passed a certain point it begins to take on the tragic and menacing grandeur of a great love affair.

- GK Chesterton

George Weis said...

Giovanni,

Thanks for that! Chesterton always had a way of saying things that you can't help but smile when you read it, weather you agree or not! In this case, I can't say that I would disagree. Although, I am personally pulling back my own reins for a number of reasons.

Blessings to you!

-g-

Tim A. Troutman said...

Giovanni,

Thanks for bringing that quote up! It didn't come to my mind but its perfectly applicable.

Giovanni A. Cattaneo said...

it is very indicative of the journey I had to take in my own way back to the Cross.

I was agnostic for a very large part of my life. Even though I was raised Catholic I considered God to be irrelevant no better than a mythology.

However at some point during my reading, the scales fell from my eyes and literaly what Chesterton discrived happened to me.

The moment I stopped fighting the Church was the moment I felt my self being pulled towards her. I know now that I will never fall away again.

George Weis said...

To bad your all doomed to hades now!

Ok, I'm feeling a little funny ;)

-g-

Joseph said...

I was vehemently opposed to Catholicism. Though my ramparts were weakened when I met and married my Catholic wife, up until a year before I started RCIA I was making harsh statements towards the Church.

George Weis said...

Now here you are... about as Catholic as they Come Joseph :) Good to see you still floating around, I was wondering about you!

-g-