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The evangelical contributors to the book Journeys of Faith recently spoke at a conference held at Wheaton College.

You can listen here (in one file, unfortunately) to the following talks:

  1. Dr. Gregg Allison, “The Roman Road, or the Road to Rome? Why Some Protestants Drift to Catholicism”
  2. Rev. Chris Castaldo, “Crossing the Tiber: Why Catholics and Protestants Convert”
  3. Dr. Craig Blaising, “Does Accepting the Canon of Scripture Implicitly Affirm Rome’s Authority?”
  4. Dr. Robert Plummer – Moderator

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14 thoughts on “On Evangelical Swimming the Tiber”

  1. Chris Julien says:

    The Tiber!! I cross that everyday to get to school! I think these talks may hit me in a fresh way since studying abroad here in Rome :) Looking forward to them!

    1. Thanks, Chris. I am deeply jealous. Think of us Americanos the next time you enjoy gelato. And if you haven’t done so already, visit Breccia Di Roma near the Gregorian, pastored by Leonado De Chirico.

  2. Bruce Russell says:

    Could it be that Protestants and Catholics are both adrift in different ways?

    1. AStev says:

      Of course it *could* be, but do you have evidence that both *are*, or does merely raising the possibility constitute proof?

      1. Bruce Russell says:


        I’ve come to the conclusion that Galatians is not about the pursuing righteousness by the moral law, but rather through the obsolete stipulations of the Old Covenant.

        That makes the Protestant Reformation a long foul ball. Impressive, but not a homerun.

        Keep reforming!


        1. Daryl Little says:

          Of course! So Paul would encourage us to pursue righteousness by following moral law? So we can actually work our way into heaven so long as we do it with different rules than the Jews used?


          1. Bruce Russell says:


            Paul urges Jew and Gentile to look to Jesus and live, and to pursue Eternal Life with New Covenant confidence.


            1. Daryl Little says:

              Well yes, kind of. He tells them that they are saved by faith, apart from works. Faith alone.

              And that we don’t pursue eternal life, per se. We are granted that by grace through faith. The changed life follows, and confers nothing of merit or value to the believer’s standing before God.

              So long as we’re clear there, then we’re good. But Rome denies the alone-ness of grace and faith.

              1. BJR says:

                We pursue the inheritance because we possess the promise.
                Forget Rome they abandoned the Scripture long ago.
                All who call upon the name of the Lord will be saved.
                All who endure to the end will be saved.
                Those who are in Christ pursue the reward of eternal life because they know how precious it is.

  3. tim liddell says:

    Can you give us a little intro on why this is significant?

  4. Daryl Little says:

    As long as Rome continues to teach a different gospel, this topic is eternally significant for anyone considering that swim.

  5. theologian says:


    I affirm your belief in salvation by grace through faith alone. That being said, I think you might want to review Paul’s argument in Galatians. You seem to be doing systematic theology before you deal with the text.

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