Answering The Call To Full Communion | An Interview with Dr. Francis Beckwith | Carl E. Olson | June 5, 2007
In early May, Dr. Francis Beckwith (personal website), Associate Professor of Philosophy, publicly announced, on the Right Reason blog, that he had returned to the Catholic Church in late April after spending over thirty years in Evangelical Protestantism. The news was met with a wide range of reactions and, in some cases, with strong rhetoric. Beckwith's decision garnered substantial attention, in large part because he had been the recently elected president of the Evangelical Theological Society, a position he resigned from in order to spare the ETS and its members the burden of asking him to step down. In interviews with Christianity Today and National Catholic Register, Beckwith outlined some of the major reasons for his decision to return to full communion with the Catholic Church.
Recently, Beckwith graciously agreed to a detailed and wide-ranging interview with Carl E. Olson, editor of IgnatiusInsight.com. In addition to discussing his journey away from and then back to the Catholic Church, Beckwith sets the record straight about his educational background and how it informs his understanding of both Evangelical and Catholic theology. He also reflects on the influence that philosophy and natural law have in attracting scholars to the Catholic Church, assesses the current and ongoing state of Catholic-Evangelical dialogue, discusses his plan to write a book about his journey back to Rome, and comments on his many years of apologetic and scholarly endeavors, including his soon-to-be published book about abortion.