About

Hi, my name is Anthony Baratta. I am a 24-year-old Catholic writer.

My posts here are about the things most important to me: my conversion from being an evangelical seminary student in February 2012 to being a Catholic, my wife Jackie, and the New Evangelization. If you’d like to learn more about my story by reading the version from April of 2012, and a one year update here. 

I typically post 1-2 times a week. Don’t forget to subscribe over here —–> so you don’t miss any of the content.

Feel free to ask questions, leave comments, or reach me on  Facebook, Twitter, and Gmail  (evangelicaltocatholic@gmail.com)

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39 thoughts on “About

  1. I am really looking forward to reading your blog. You are addressing many of the same issues I am searching for answers for. Thanks for finding and following me!

  2. Hello sir. I just saw that you decided to follow my site: bloodstainedink.wordpress.com. I wanted to drop by and offer my thanks.

    Out of curiosity, I would love to know how you found the site and why you decided to follow it. Was it through the articles on theosis, perchance? And if so, I was wondering if that doctrine played any part in your journey out of evangelicalism?

    Thanks again for taking the time to stop by and follow me. It’s very much appreciated.

    • Hi Scott! I came across your blog when I was searching through tags, and I think it was because of your recent James Macdonald tag. I became acquainted with him through Mark Driscoll’s churches helping churches and the elephant room.

      I hadn’t seen the articles on theosis, and I’m not sure I fully understand it. I’d say the biggest reasons were church history and sola scriptura, but anyone’s reason for doing anything is complicated ha-ha.

      Thanks!

  3. I love Catholicism. My students in systematic theology knows how passionately I am with Roman Catholicism. I moved from Anglican, to Lutheran, to Atheism, back to Arminianian Pentecostal then my study in Church History, reading great giants and creeds lead me to Reformed Baptist. Is there a room for Reformed Catholic in Catholicism? If yes, I am in 🙂

    • That is the best journey I’ve heard yet! Wow ha-ha. Your story is fascinating and intriguing, particularly because great giants and creeds led me to Catholicism ha-ha. Baptists are typically “anti-creedal” right? I’m also fascinated because most dislike Catholicism, in my experience (I was one), and most don’t understand it (I was one). So you both like Catholicism, likely understand it, but are a Reformed Baptist!

    • Sorry for the late response! I was very anti-Catholic and very much passionate about evangelicalism. Reading a book called “Born Fundamentalist Born Again Catholic” on a whim gave me some doubts, and reading Church history and learning more about the Bible/Sola Scriptura gave me problems. My dad was a pastor and became a Catholic in August of 2011, and that played a factor too!

      • I am an evangelical, but I wanna know the viewpoint of others like yourself. If you don’t mind, I wanna know what problems you have with Sola Scriptura?

      • Yeah, Sola Scriptura is the biggest and in many ways, the only problem. It’s all about authority. Sola Scriptura bothered me because the Bible never says it’s sufficient. It only ever says it’s really awesome (Psalm 19, 119, 2 Tim 3:16-17). Both Catholics and Protestants agree on that! The bigger problem is that even if you interpret 2 Tim 3:16-17 as essentially meaning sufficient, the Bible is not sufficient enough to tell us which books belong in the Bible–there’s no page listing 66 books. So the unanswerable question is, how do we know we have the right books? Without a divinely inspired authority (apostolic succession acting through Church councils), there’s no way of determining that we have the right books. Martin Luther thought James should be removed–how can we say he’s wrong? Why did Hebrews make it in but the Didache didn’t? There was agreement on most books, but there still needed to be a divinely-appointed authority to make the call and settle the issue.

        Also, the early Christians couldn’t have lived by Sola Scriptura because there was agreed upon canon for 400 years. Even if we say that most of the canon was agreed upon by 180 AD, that’s still a long time! Yet the faith still spread! Devin Roses’s “If Protestantism is True” does a nice job of showing how a lot of claims like Sola Scriptura would be impossible in the early church.

        As an evangelical I heard a Catholic apologist call Protestant thieves. He meant that Protestants take the canon of scripture, the Trinity, and the nature of Christ, all affirmed through authoritative councils, and assume their truthfulness while rejecting the necessity of church councils. As you study church history, people didn’t just read the Scriptures and unanimously agree on these issues.

        Here’s an article on apostolic succession (the alternative), and a dialogue between evangelical and Catholic on Sola Scriptura. http://www.catholic.com/tracts/apostolic-succession
        http://www.catholic.com/tracts/whats-your-authority

      • I see your argument. Thanks for sharing. Although I still believe in Sola Scriptura and sufficiency. But it is good to hear the arguments from the opposite view. I’ll try to formulate my thoughts on it and perhaps post it in my blog. You have very good points that would make me want to dig more. :))

  4. I have very excited to learn more about your journey into Catholicism. I am a convert to Catholicism, my family will say they are Southern Baptist, but never practiced, so I was raised in secular life-style. After Jesus kept coming into my life in the most interesting ways, I became Catholic in 2009 (baptized and in full Communion with the Church). Not to long after that I became a Laywoman in the Dominican Order (Third Order as some would call) and everyday the Lord helps me fall more in love with His Church. I am glad I am following your blog, I hope to see you on mine when you have time. I need to really write about my conversion on my blog.

  5. Interestingly, I don’t consider myself to be “Calvinist” or “Catholic” or anything of the sort. I consider myself to be Christian (that is, a disciple of Jesus Christ) and nothing else.

    I don’t understand what you mean when you say you went from “New Calvinist” to “Catholic,” unless you are saying you went from one group of God’s people to another (albeit, a group with differing belief systems). If you are saying you converted to “Catholicism” then I hope one day you will convert to Christianity. I am not saying that Catholics are not Christian, but I am saying that simply being in a Catholic church does not make you Christian (nor does reciting catechisms or participating in the sacraments).

    Belief in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior is what makes you Christian (Romans 10:9). I would flee from any title or beliefs that made me anything other than simply “Christian.”

    Romans 10:9 (HCSB): “If you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.”

    • Haha I certainly would have said the same thing! I was simply acting Biblically! Especially since the Reformation, though, there have been so many splits and so many people claiming to have the “real Christianity” that labels are necessary. Your answers suggest an evangelical background. One test would be to see if you thought the Bible alone was the sole authority for the Christian life. If you answer yes, then you are a Protestant whether you want the label or not!

      My question is, have people for the last 2,000 years said the same things about what it means to be a Christians? Is Romans 10:9 the verse that beats out others for what it means to be a Christian? Who says? Have people always interpreted that verse to mean “saved,” that you will go to heaven? Did Martin Luther believe that? The more I studied church history as an evangelical in seminary the more I realized my views were only 300 years old. Did that make them wrong? Not necessarily. But the burden of proof is certainly on the person who says we’ve been doing things wrong for 1700 years.

  6. Thanks for stopping by our site. Very interesting to hear your story. Ever heard of Scott and Kimberly Hahn? They have great audios of their story. May I ask what interested you to follow our blog? I’m really trying to reach out to the Young Adults out there and provide resources I never received growing up. Would like feedback. Thanks

    • Thank you! Yes I actually was at a Steubenville youth conference this past weekend and got to quickly say hi to Dr. Hahn. Yes well I appreciate what you are doing and will link to your site on my blogroll. Super important!

  7. Welcome home Anthony. You were blessed to find your way at such an early age. I wish I could say the same. I fought it until I was 45 years old and wonder why I didn’t see the truth earlier in my life. God bless. Pax Christi.

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  10. I’m the product of a lapsed RC mother and an atheist father who converted to Anglicanism when I was a kid… and now I’m in the process of becoming a Catholic. It’s interesting to read your blog, as I have a few points of contact. It’s been a difficult journey, as all my friends are Reformed types who don’t hold with popery of any sort 🙂

    Here via r/Catholicism.

  11. I won’t say that i have converted, I have not. Although after an experience with someone who changed me profoundly I have had a conversion of Saul moment I suppose. I was raised baptist, and yet find something about the tradition of true catholics beautiful. I am not sure where this leaves me.

  12. I’m glad you’ve come to Catholicism, and I’m glad you’ve come to WordPress! Two good decisions there, if a little different in scale. I left a comment on your Tumblr site before I realised that this is where it’s all happening now.

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