Crossing the Tiber is an exhilarating conversion story of a devout Baptist who relates how he overcame his hostility to the Catholic Church by a combination of serious Bible study and vast research of the writings of the early Church Fathers. In addition to a moving account of their conversion that caused Ray and his wife to “cross the Tiber” to Rome, he offers an in-depth treatment of Baptism and the Eucharist in Scripture and the ancient Church.
Thoroughly documented with hundreds of footnotes, this contains perhaps the most complete compilation of biblical and patristic quotations and commentary available on Baptism and the Eucharist, as well as a detailed analysis of Sola Scriptura and Tradition.
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“Sola Scriptura is nowhere taught in Scripture, nowhere even implied! The very foundational principle of Protestantism, the doctrine upon which all others are built, is not found in the very book it supposedly builds a bulwark to support.” (Pages 29–30)
“Protestants are dependent upon the tradition of the Catholic Church for their current New Testament.80 It was not until the authoritative voice of the Church spoke that the New Testament was declared a canon with the current twenty-seven books. This was accomplished at the Council of Hippo and the Third Council of Carthage.” (Page 54)
“Gospel of Thomas, the Shepherd of Hermas, the Didache, the Epistle of Clement, the Acts of Peter, the Acts of John, the Gospel of the Hebrews, the Secret Gospel of Mark, the Protoevangelium of James, and hundreds more. Who decided which ones were inspired and which were not? To say it was the Holy Spirit, not men, who chose the twenty-seven writings is to sidestep the real question—and is not an honest answer. The Holy Spirit also authored the Bible, but he used men to write it. Likewise, he used men, the Church, to collect and close the canon.” (Page 50)
“It was a fullness. Why the term fullness? Because the Catholic Church encompasses so much more than we had ever known in our Protestant past—the fullness of the faith carefully preserved and nurtured through endless centuries. We are not going from Christian to Catholic, as though we’re leaving the ‘Christian’ part behind. We are developing and experiencing the Christian faith more fully by becoming Catholic Christians. Catholicism is ancient, yet forever young; it is constant and firm, yet forever lively and robust; it is old, yet always new and vital. It is simple enough for a mouse to wade in, yet deep enough for an elephant to swim in.” (Pages 16–17)
This is really three books in one that offers not only a compelling conversion story, but documented facts that are likely to cinch many other conversions.
A very moving and astute story. I am enormously impressed with Ray’s candor, courage, and theological literacy.
—Thomas Howard, author, Dove Descending: A Journey Into T. S. Eliot’s Four Quartets
Stephen K. Ray converted to the Catholic Church from a Baptist background in 1994, after an in-depth study of the writings of the Church Fathers. He is the host of the popular, award-winning film series on salvation history, The Footprints of God. Steve is the author of the bestselling books St. John’s Gospel and Upon This Rock. He is a popular conference and retreat speaker, has been a guest radio speaker, and made appearances EWTN.