Changing Churches


Changing Churches



Sharp controversies -- about biblical authority, the ordination of women, evangelical "worship styles," and the struggle for homosexual "inclusion" -- have rocked the Lutheran church in recent decades. In Changing Churches two men who once communed at the same Lutheran Eucharistic table explain their similar but different decisions to leave the Lutheran faith tradition -- one for Orthodoxy, the other for Roman Catholicism. Here Mickey L. Mattox and A. G. Roeber address the most difficult questions Protestants face when considering such a conversion, including views on justification, grace, divinization, the church and its authority, women and ministry, papal infallibility, the role of Mary, and homosexuality. They also discuss the long-standing ecumenical division between Rome and the Orthodox patriarchates, acknowledging the difficult issues that still confront those traditions from within and divide them from one another.



Publication Date



Williams B. Eerdmans Publishing Company


Grand Rapids




Table of Contents

From Lutheran to Catholic: justification and holiness / Mickey L. Mattox --

From Lutheran to Orthodox: theosis / A.G. Roeber --

Catholic "church," Lutheran "community"? / Mickey L. Mattox --

From the Lutheran "marks" of the church to the Orthodox "mysteries" / A.G. Roeber --

Untranslatable? Orthodox-Catholic-Lutheran conversation stoppers / A.G. Roeber --

Becoming Catholic: problems, resolutions, further development / Mickey L. Mattox --

Afterword: Lutheran in the changing church(es): why we all need Lutheran theology / Paul R. Hinlicky