Catholicism Made Me Protestant

Catholicism Made Me Protestant
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Like all accounts of God's faithfulness, mine begins with a genealogy. In the late seventeenth century, my mother's Congregationalist ancestors journeyed to the New World to escape what they saw as England's deadly compromise with Romanism. Centuries later, ­American Presbyterians converted my father's great-­grandmother from Coptic ­Orthodoxy to ­Protestantism. Her son became a Presbyterian minister in the Evangelical Coptic Church. By the time my parents were ­living in ­twenty-first-century Illinois, their families' historic Reformed commitments had been replaced by non-denominational, ­Baptistic ­evangelicalism.

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