Forthcoming from Eerdmans Publishing (2/28/2012), Changing Churches? An Orthodox, Catholic, and Lutheran Theological Conversation by Mickey L. Mattox of Marquette University and Deacon A. Gregg Roeber of Penn State offers an analysis of the passage from the Lutheran faith tradition to the Roman Catholic (Mattox) or to the Orthodox (Roeber). An Afterword by Paul R. Hinlicky (Roanoke College) provides a Lutheran rejoinder, rounding out a vigorous ecumenical conversation.
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.
Mattox and Roeber also 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.