The Stages of Conversion by Thomas A. Baima

Book Review

The Stages of Conversion

I Once Was Lost: What Postmodern Skeptics
Taught Us About Their Path to Jesus

by Don Everts and Doug Schaupp
Intervarsity Press, 2008
(134 pages, $16.00, paperback)

Forming Intentional Disciples: The Path
to Knowing and Following Jesus

by Sherry A. Weddell
Our Sunday Visitor Publishing, 2012
(224 pages, $16.95, paperback)

reviewed by Thomas A. Baima

When I was a philosophy student, I had a professor who would begin his Phil 101 class each term by entering the room and writing on the blackboard, "What is the main challenge facing philosophy today?" Underneath, he would write the answer: "Everything you know is wrong." Turning to the class, he would ask, "Any questions?"

I saw this same question proposed again during Francis Cardinal George's first press conference as archbishop of Chicago. A reporter asked him what was the greatest challenge he faced as the new shepherd of the Catholic Church in Cook and Lake counties in Illinois. Without missing a beat, George replied, "Well, obviously, it's the epistemological dissonance of contemporary society."

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Thomas A. Baima is a Roman Catholic priest of the Archdiocese of Chicago and provost of the University of Saint Mary of the Lake in Mundelein, Illinois. He holds a doctorate from the Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas in Rome/Angelicum.


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