Tyler McNabb and I just recently started getting to know each other, and he just informed me yesterday he is becoming Catholic!
He is finishing a graduate degree in philosophy from a Southern Baptist Seminary and has his undergraduate degree in Biblical Studies. Here’s an excerpt from his intriguing story:
Like most of those who belonged (or currently belong) to the WayoftheMaster movement, I quickly found myself with a reformed view of salvation. What would eventually come from this view would be a view that harbored a lot of anger towards Catholicism and those that taught it. I didn’t see this of course as an evil anger but a righteous anger, that is, an anger that is analogous to Jesus’ anger towards the Pharisees or Paul’s anger towards the Judaizers. The more I read the contemporary reformed, the more I believed that the Catholic Church was in grave error.
His study eventually led him to the CREC denomination and to the Federal Vision, the Presbyterian/Reformed Protestant version of the New Perspectives on Paul that N.T. Wright is a famous champion of.
Tyler details how he went back and forth on the doctrine of baptismal regeneration:
Reading books from both sides of the isle, I found myself in a vicious fluctuating quantum vacuum. For several months I would read certain theologians who would have me convinced on one view of baptism and then I would find myself convinced of another view of baptism in virtue of reading another set of theologians. It was also during this time that I began to become restless with the current state of Protestantism.
This is an example of the exact thing I discuss in the second chapter of my book: “what you said sounded good…until I listened to this other guy give the counter-argument.” Eloquent apologists on either side of an issue can make (what seems to be) compelling cases for their beliefs.
He continued praying and studying, discovering Catholic Answers’ site and Called to Communion and finding both extremely helpful. Tyler also saw the strong witness of Catholic pro-lifers and that made an impact on him.
But don’t take my word for it: go over to his blog and read the whole beautiful thing!