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Fr. Tyson Wood: Former Lutheran Minister

June 16, 2014

Fr. Tyson grew up in a Lutheran family on Luther’s Small Catechism. As a teenager, he began to question such Protestant pillars as “sola Scriptura” and the equating of concupiscence with personal sin.  He thought to himself, if we can’t cooperate with God, because of total depravity, what it the purpose of living a moral Christian life? He felt called to ministry but joined the military out of hight school. Later he attended college and then a Lutheran seminary. His last year in seminary he became an ecumenical ... more
Eduardo Echeverria

Whoever Is in Christ Is a New Creation, 2 Corinthians 5:17-20

July 29, 2009

In this “Year for Priests,” Marcus asks guests to choose Scripture verses that have specifically inspired them to follow Jesus. Marcus welcomes Dr. Eduardo Echeverria, former Evangelical and Reformed Calvinist, to discuss what it means to live in Christ. In his Protestant years, Eduardo was a lover and student of Protestant philosophy. The two discuss what it means to be a new creation in Christ, and how that understanding differs in the Catholic tradition from their previous Protestant traditions. ... more
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Fr. John T. Zuhlsdorf: Former Lutheran

August 25, 2000

Father Zuhlsdorf was raised in a nominal Lutheran family. When he was seven his grandmother gave him two albums, one of classical music and another of Shakespeare’s plays. About the same time his mother decided that he should go to Sunday school at the Lutheran church. He reacted negatively to being taught that man’s will is totally depraved, wanting only evil. He thought, how could beautiful art be created by depraved people? In high school and college he drifted and was basically a pagan, but he still had ... more