Episode 12 – Jeremy Tate’s Conversion

Apr 27th, 2010 | By | Category: Podcast

In this podcast episode, Tom Riello interviews Called to Communion regular, Jeremy Tate, on his recent conversion to the Catholic Church.  Jeremy is currently finishing his degree at Reformed Theological Seminary.

 

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  1. Beautiful story, Jeremy. I enjoyed hearing especially about your experiences in your seminary classes. I would say welcome home, but somehow you beat me in!

    Peace in Christ,
    Tom B.

  2. Congrats to Jeremy, i would like hear more about the particular conversation, his instructor was having with the Catholic friend of his. That got me curious, it would be interesting to know what subject they were dealing with at the time.

  3. Hey Tap,

    Thanks for listening. My Professor was talking about his Catholic friend’s frustration over the way evangelical’s debate whether or not Catholics are even Christians. He quoted his Catholic friend as saying some along the lines of… “How arrogant to question whether we are even believers? Protestants are the ones who always change what they believe, Protestants are the ones who invented new forms of Christianity, Protestants are the ones who have completely reinterpreted the ancient creeds, and Protestants are responsible for making moral and theological relativism concomitant with Christian thought.” I had never listened to a Catholic critique of Protestantism, but as I sat in class I found myself thinking that this view of Protestantism made a little too much sense for my Protestant ears.

    Peace in Christ, Jeremy

  4. Jeremy.,
    Thanks for that clarification.

  5. Jeremy,
    Thanks for sharing your conversion experience.

    My apologies for asking, but as my own daughter gets ready for graduate school and i wonder what will happen if her interest changes during her studies, how has your conversion affected you at graduate school and what has been the reaction of your school?

    Good Luck
    Norm

  6. Hey Norm,

    Thanks for taking the time to listen. As might be expected, my seminary Professors did not take my conversion well. Considering that their job is to teach Reformed Theology as truth, my conversion has been taken as personally insulting to them. I’ve also been affected in seminary just in working through the reading material. There are tons of Catholics books I can’t wait to read, but I am so overwhelmed with the required reading at my Reformed Seminary that I have to spend 95% of my reading time working through Reformed authors. Only two books (out of nearly one hundred books I’ve been assigned in seminary) were written by pre-reformation Catholic authors. Its difficult to not be influenced by what you read so I find myself with the never ending task of filtering the theology (and frequently excellent insights) of Reformed thinkers into my Catholic worldview.

    Thanks again, Jeremy

  7. Jeremy,
    A great story and journey! I am a cradle catholic but had been away for some time, however the Holy Spirit had been working in me for quite some time and now am back. I was very impressed by your arguments. Your faith journey is inspirational to me. Why do you suppose you were able “to see the forest through the trees” sort of speak and other seminarians and staff could not? Is there a natural aversion to Catholism among Protestants?
    Mark

  8. Hi Jeremy,

    Interesting story. I am a Reformed evangelical interested in Rome at the moment and would love to talk to you if you have the time, is there a way of contacting you?

    Samuel.

  9. Dear Samuel,

    May God bless you with a heart for truth and courage on the journey.

    If Jeremy doesn’t reply soon, e-mail in to our group and we can get you in touch with him.

    Peace in Christ,
    Tom B.

  10. My husband and I are also converts to the One Apostolic Faith. Amazingly, we were both drawn to the Catholic Church independantly of each other. Your story is an inspiration. We have gone through much opposition in our family, some of our children are grown and do not understand this. In a way it would have been easy to just not rock the boat rather than to have caused them so much grief. But when you realize the sky is blue, you just can’t say its green anymore!

  11. This is very interesting. There seems to be a trend the past decade or so of several Reformed thinkers/students becoming Catholic. I am not Catholic, but I admit that I am drawn to the history and majesty of Rome. And, I do hope that Catholics and Protestants continue to work together on the things they agree on — social issues, etc.

    Tracey Madsen
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