I have a very, very good friend who was raised in a strong Southern Baptist/Evangelical Protestant household, i.e., very Bible-based (she has a very strong background in Scripture). She has expressed an interest in joining the Catholic Church, because there are many aspects of it that she appreciates, but she’s coming up against a number of initial hurdles that are giving her pause. It’s just very hard for her to come to grips with the Church’s views on the saints, Mary, certain sacraments, transubstantiation, etc. I’ve tried to have discussions with her about these topics (using a lot of the information I’ve found on these forums), but it’s still tough sledding, particularly since it’s been drilled in her since childhood that these Catholic beliefs are borderline heretical.
But surely there are Evangelical/Bible-based Protestants who have converted to Catholicism out there. If so, what was it that made you switch? What made you move from a faith tradition that was so ingrained in you for most of your life (in my experience, that’s truer for Evangelicals than it is for Catholics), to leaving it for a Church that Evangelicals view with skepticism, if not outright hostility? How did you get past some of the “big” theological differences between the two camps? Did you actually sit down, evaluate both sides’ arguments for their faith, and decide? Or was there something more intangible that drove you to the Church?
I would really appreciate hearing others’ stories. Or if there are resources on the web compiling the stories of evangelicals who became Catholic, I’d love to know of them.
P.S. You don’t have to have been evangelical per se – just hardcore Protestant