Julie at Happy Catholic has a review of No Price Too High by Alex James. Go over there and read the excerpt. The book is the account of a Pentecostal preacher who, while studying the Bible, began to be drawn to the Catholic Church.
My excerpt of her excerpt:
Then I read 2 Thessalonians 2:15; Paul tells his followers to be careful to observe all the paradosis he had delivered to them. And the word paradosis means traditions. Whether written (as in the Bible) or oral. Well, that knocked Sola Scriptura (the “Bible alone” theology) right out of the water.
A while ago on her blog, Amy Deardon asked what we thought of Sola Scriptura, and I told her my opinion can’t fit into a combox, but the above gets it right. The ultimate irony, in my not very humble opinion, is that the Bible itself never advocates sola scriptura. It says the scriptures are important, but not that they’re the only source of truth. Other than in the vision to John in Revelation, Jesus never tells his disciples to write down anything at all. Before the Gospels were written, they were…oral traditions. We don’t even know who wrote which Gospels. The authors aren’t included within the text themselves. Do you know why we attribute them to Matthew, Mark, Luke and John? Yep, tradition.
If it weren’t for tradition, how could anyone who had never heard Jesus’s teaching directly speak with any authority? People such as, you know, Paul.
Or, for that matter, Luke.
At any rate, in the excerpt he goes on to talk about how he studied the church fathers and began to realize that in more and more areas the Catholic Church had gotten it right, and he tried to move his church closer to Catholic practice, and eventually he and his family and 55 members of their congregation converted. No Price Too High sounds like an awesome book. I’d like to check it out.
It reminds me of Scott Hahn’s Rome Sweet Home: Our Journey to Catholicism, where he chronicles a very similar journey where he (a Presbyterian minister and theologian) began to discover Catholicism by careful study of the Bible. And over time, moving closer to Catholic practice wasn’t enough for him either. Julie mentions in her review that Alex Jones’ wife had difficulties with his conversion; Kimberly Hahn, in Rome Sweet Home, gets the most heartbreaking line of the book when she’s still Presbyterian after Scott converts to Catholicism. She writes, “I wouldn’t have even dated a Catholic, and now I was married to one.”
It’s not an easy process to examine our beliefs. I understand this. And I’ve been attacked often enough for my own beliefs that I can’t bear to cause others to call their own into question. But when I read a story such as this, where it’s clear that God was the one calling the person’s beliefs into question, it makes me feel good inside. We are being guided. We’re not alone.