Over the course a single decade, dozens of students, alumni, and professors from a conservative, evangelical seminary in North Carolina (Southern Evangelical Seminary) converted to Catholicism. These conversions were notable as they occurred among people with varied backgrounds and motivations – many of whom did not share their thoughts with one another until their decisions had been made. Even more striking is that the seminary’s co-founder, long-time president, and popular professor, Norman Geisler, had written two full-length books and several scholarly articles criticizing Catholicism from an Evangelical point of view.
What could have led these seminary-trained students (and some of their professors) to walk away from their Evangelical education and risk losing their jobs, ministries, and sometimes even family and friends, to embrace the teachings they once rejected as false or even heretical? Speculation over this phenomena was rampant and, unfortunately, often dismissive and misguided – leading to more confusion than understanding (ironic, given the seminary’s noted commitment to truth). For those who wish to know the truth, the stories of these converts is now being told by those who know it best – the converts themselves.
Thoughtful Evangelicals, Catholics, and those caught in-between, will benefit from the tales of these personal journeys, as well as the contributors’ discussions of the primary issues they had to face: the nature of the biblical canon, the identification of Christian orthodoxy, as well as the problems with the Protestant doctrines of Sola Scriptura (“Scripture Alone”) and Sola Fide (“Faith Alone”).
Evangelical Exodus will be especially helpful for Evangelicals considering becoming Catholic, as well as anyone wishing to understand why many are doing so.
The book is scheduled for a February 2016 release.