To Enter the Sanctuary by the Blood of Jesus: A Literal Account of Becoming CatholicAug 3rd, 2014 | By Andrew Preslar | Category: Featured Articles
What follows is the story of how I became a Catholic, as best as I can remember it. I have called this a “literal account” in order to distinguish it from a more ambiguous and allusive telling of the tale that was offered here several years ago as “The Last Road.” In neither version do I say anything about many of the specifically Catholic practices and doctrines that Protestants tend to find particularly objectionable. Instead, I have focused on describing landscape. This reflects the nature of the development of my own theological convictions, which was less a matter of piecemeal deduction than of an entire picture slowly coming into resolution, in which process the various objects became distinctly intelligible. Most of this narrative, therefore, is devoted to describing the contours of the biblical, theological, liturgical, ecclesiological, and soteriological considerations that would lead me to Catholicism. I will also briefly recount the final steps that I took towards and then into the Catholic Church, including the process of navigating through some of the confusing and troubling aspects of her recent history.
[The story that was posted here will soon be available in a slightly modified form as part of a collection of conversion stories published by Ignatius Press, entitled Evangelical Exodus. If you enjoyed the version previously available on this website, or if you have yet to read it, or if you are generally interested in the phenomenon of Protestants converting to Catholicism, please consider picking up a copy of the forthcoming book.]