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Title: Crossing the Tiber

Author: Stephen K Ray

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An exhilarating conversion story of a devout Baptist who relates how he overcame his hostility to the Catholic Church by a combination of serious Bible study and vast research of the writings of the early Church Fathers. In addition to a moving account of their conversion that caused Ray and his wife to "cross the Tiber" to Rome, he offers an in-depth treatment of Baptism and the Eucharist in Scripture and the ancient Church. Thoroughly documented with hundreds of footnotes, this contains perhaps the most complete compilation of biblical and patristic quotations and commentary available on Baptism and the Eucharist, as well as a detailed analysis of Sola Scriptura and Tradition.


Part One - Crossing the Tiber

Part Two Baptism in the Scriptures and in the Ancient Church

Introduction: The origins of Baptism

  • Baptism vs. Faith. The discussion of salvation is is not "either or", but "both and". There are many factors that constitute salvation i.e.
    • By believing in Christ (Jn. 3:16; Acts 16:31)
    • By repentance (Acts 2:38; 2 Pet 3:9)
    • By baptism (Jn. 3:5; 1 Pet 3:21; Titus 3:5)
    • By the work of the Spirit (Jn. 3:5; 2 Cor 3:6)
    • Declaring with our mouths (Lk 12:8; Rom 10:9)
    • By coming to a knowledge of the truth (1 Tim 2:4; Heb 10:26)
    • By Works (Rom 2:6,7; James 2:24)
    • By grace (Acts 15:11; Eph 2:8)
    • By his blood (Rom 5:9; Heb 9:22)
    • By his righteousness (Rom 5:17; 2 Pet 1:1)
    • By his cross (Eph 2:16; Col 2:14)

Baptism as taught in Scripture

  • Genesis 1-3 ...the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters
  • Genesis 6-8 Noah "a picture of Baptism"
  • Genesis 17, Exodus 12 Abraham, covenant circumcision.
  • Exodus 14 Moses driving back the seas
  • The second book of Kings - The cleansing of Naaman of leprosy by dipping himself seven times in the Jordan river
  • Ezek 36:22, 25-27 "I will sprinkle clean water upon you... a new heart I will give you, and a new spirit I will put within you".
  • Zech 13:1 ...a new fountain opened up for the house of David... to cleanse them from sin and uncleanness.
  • Mark 1:4-8 - John the baptizer appeared in the wilderness preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.
  • Mt. 3:13-17 Baptism of Jesus. Jesus was baptized to set an example to us. "At the moment of of the catechumen's baptism, the three persons of the Trinity work their grace upon the new believer: Jesus in redemption through his propitiatory sacrifice, the Spirit in regeneration, and the Father in declaring us righteous in adopting us as his sons.

Baptism as taught by the Fathers

Part Three - The Eucharist in the Scriptures and in the Ancient Church

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Bibliographic info

LC control no.: 95079951
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Type of material: Book (Print, Microform, Electronic, etc.)
Personal name: Ray, Stephen K.
Main title: Crossing the Tiber : evangelical Protestants discover the historical church / Stephen K. Ray. Published/Created: San Francisco, [Calif.] : Ignatius Press, c1997.
Description: 284 p. ; 21 cm.
ISBN 0898705770
Subjects: Ray, Stephen K.

  • Ray, Janet.
  • Catholic converts --United States --Biography.
  • Baptism --History.
  • Lord’s Supper --History.

Notes: Includes bibliographical references (p. 277-280) and index.
LC classification: BX4668.A1 R39 1997
Dewey class no.: 248.2/42/0922273 B