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Emily Stimpson Chapman – Former nominal Catholic, Evangelical

July 18, 2017 2 Comments

Emily Stimpson’s Catholic experience as a young girl didn’t leave her with many compelling reasons to stay, so when she encountered Evangelical Christians who were on fire for their faith, she was drawn to their witness.  She went on to work for a think tank, where one of her coworkers, a convert to Catholicism, began to challenge her understanding of certain passages of Scripture.  Around the same time, Emily had been struggling with an eating disorder, and encountered Pope St. John Paul II’s Theology of the Body, which helped redeem her relationship with food, and even gave her a way to better understand the meaning of the Eucharist.

  • Donna L.

    This was a great episode. I grew up with horrible catechesis in the late 60’s, early 70’s and even now at age 55yrs and fully immersed in my Catholic faith, I still wonder what more I need to understand the fullness of our faith? Emily’s journey, and the books she has read and even the ones she wrote should be a part of every Catholic’s ongoing formation. We are always evolving and on the journey. A constant “metanoya”. Thank you ✝️❤️

  • John of Brisbane

    It concerns me a little bit that such a level of intellectual understanding might be seen as the basis of God’s relationship with people.

    The whole point about being a Christian is, surely, the idea that it is not too complicated and based on a simple New Testament idea of mercy, redemption and love.

    It seems to me that is the whole point of the authentic Christian Church – it is embedded and in solidarity with society, warts and all – and that, if Christianity is true, is clearly its mother church – the Catholic Church.