Special Event, Sept 3

Finally, the video you’ve been awaiting — for the upcoming dialogue between Timothy George and Frank Beckwith on September 3rd which I’ll moderate. Just sit back and let it minister to your heart!

(Following is a summary of the event’s purpose, if you’d like more context)

In what sense are (Roman) Catholics Evangelical and Evangelical (Protestants) Catholic? And assuming that we can agree upon an answer, what difference does our conclusion have for the millions of people who relate across the Catholic/Protestant divide—for family members, neighbors, spouses, coworkers, professors, and classmates?

These questions will be addressed in the annual Penner Forum on Thursday, September 3, 2009 at 7:00pm in Edman Chapel on the campus of Wheaton College. Representing the Protestant side is Dr. Timothy George, Dean of Beeson Divinity School and Executive Editor for Christianity Today. Dr. Francis Beckwith, Professor of Philosophy and Church-State Studies at Baylor University and author of Return to Rome: Confessions of an Evangelical Catholic, will present the Roman Catholic side. Moderating is Chris Castaldo, pastor and author of Holy Ground: Walking with Jesus as a Former Catholic.

The Penner Forum is sponsored by The Center for Applied Christian Ethics and The Penner Foundation. It is free and open to the public. For more information visit www.chriscastaldo.com/events.php or call (630) 752-5886.

About the author

Chris Castaldo (PhD, London School of Theology) is the lead pastor at New Covenant Church in Naperville, Illinois. He is the author of Talking with Catholics about the Gospel and coauthor of The Unfinished Reformation.


  1. I sure wish I could be there to hear this presentation. As a Wheaton grad who recently became Catholic, I will also be interested to read your book. I find the same kinds of difficulties you describe in talking about my Catholic faith to my Evangelical friends and family. They initially think I don’t know what I’ve done, but when they find out that I read my way into the Church, they suddenly don’t want to talk about it anymore. It would be so helpful if we could just talk, in a kind and civil way, about what we share and where we differ. I believe that these two communities of believers could gain much from each others’ strengths. I look forward to learning more of your story.

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