Mark Noll’s Review of Holy Ground

I’m grateful for Mark Noll’s review of Holy Ground which recently appeared in Books & Culture Online.

Dr. Noll is Professor of History at the University of Notre Dame. A bright shining star in the constellation of scholarship,  professor Noll is author of numerous books, including Is the Reformation Over?: An Evangelical Assessment of Contemporary Roman Catholicism.

“In recent decades remarkable strides have taken place in bringing evangelicals and Catholics together for mutually fruitful theological discussion. Chris Castaldo, who is on the staff of College Church in Wheaton, Illinois, not only knows about and appreciates these discussions, but he refers to several of them as helping in the writing of this book. Yet as a former Catholic who came spiritually alive only after a personal encounter with Christ and who has ministered in several evangelical settings to many Catholics who share his experience, Castaldo is not primarily concerned about high-level theological discussions. Rather, he wants to probe the spiritual pilgrimages of people in the pew; he seeks a ground-level angle on issues that continue to differentiate the Catholic and evangelical streams. In this effort the book is entirely successful.”

The entire review may be viewed here.

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. Hello, I am a former Evangelical Protestant, A Catholic convert. When in the last 2000 years has a Pope not been in crisis? Our Church wil lweather the storm. You said on Moody 6/23/2010 you never heard the Gospel until you were 23. I hear the Gospel everytime on go to Mass. I think you have a hearing impairment, or you are knowingly stating a falsehood.
    Do you think wmbi would have the moral fiber to ear the views of a former Evangelical? I think not, unless a large check was presented. What of the ever splintering myraid of Protestant denominations do you hold membership Chris?

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