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09/17/2020

A prominent US Evangelical becomes Catholic

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Mark Galli, highly respected figure of US evangelicalism, converts to Catholicism (link).

Until January 2020, Mark Galli edited the world's largest evangelical monthly, Christianity Today (with a circulation of 120,000 copies). Presbyterian, then Anglican, he eventually joined the Catholic Church in Rome.


This conversion to Catholicism echoes, a few years ago, the choice of Pastor Ulk Ekman, head of a Swedish evangelical megachurch, who decided in 2014 to join Catholicism (link).

GetImage.ashx.jpegIn 2016, Douglas M. Beaumont and Francis Becwith signed a book on "the evangelical exodus" (link), analyzing the move to Catholicism of many evangelical students.

The trend is not massive. Shifts from Catholicism to Evangelicalism continue in parallel. But it reveals the strong attractiveness of a wounded but renewed American Catholicism, while also underlining the identity crisis of US white evangelicalism.

As if the ongoing nationalist Trumpist temptation, in the eyes of some, created discredit, disgust, and finally escape.

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