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Top 5 Catholics loved by Evangelicals Today

In the spirit of ecumenism and Christian unity, here are SC’s most celebrated Roman Catholics among Evangelicals today.

[1] Henri Nouwen

Henri Nouwen is a spiritual heavyweight. This Catholic Priest was also a professor at Yale Divinity School and a trained psychologist. He wrote over 40 books on life and spirituality, and is often hailed as a conflicted genius of steadfast and honest faith. He is one of the most accessible Christian writers of the 20th century and continues to fill libraries and bookstores across evangelical and protestant seminaries in North America. His writings reflect on themes such as suffering, joy, relationships, Christ, spiritual formation and countless others.

[2] Pope Francis

What is there not to love about Pope Francis? As a Jesuit Priest, Francis’ fervent commitment to reform the Roman Catholic church through modelling humility, focusing on helping the poor, and being open to dialogue with the world, evokes the same sense of biblical discipleship and ethics that evangelicalism was founded upon. From calling out bishops on their outrageous opulence, opting out of the papal palace for a modest apartment, to raffling off expensive gifts to raise money for the poor, Pope Francis continues to inspire and remind us that the Spirit of Jesus is present and moving powerfully in Catholicism.

[3] Augustine of Hippo

You might be wondering why Augustine is sitting third considering he is a church Father. He’s not as accessible to the everyday Christian like Nouwen and today’s Pope. Nonetheless, Augustine is a theological heavyweight who influenced the development of Christianity in the western world. He is most known by evangelicals for his theology of original sin, his work in apologetics, and for his unique evangelical conversion, which he eloquently elucidates in his Confessions.

 [4] G.K. Chesterton

G.K. Chesterton wrote over 80 books and is one of the most quoted Catholic intellectuals. Most known by evangelicals as an apologist and writer, Chesterton was referred to by George Bernard Shaw—a “frenemy” of Chesterton’s— as a “colossal genius.” His wit and stature, along with his brilliant yet, paradoxical writing style, made Chesterton one of the most famous Catholics of the 20th century. He is often quoted in sermons, and continues to be an influential Catholic voice among evangelicals today.

[5] Stephen Colbert

Yes, Stephen Colbert. Don’t act surprised. Colbert is both relevant and witty, he speaks truth through satire, and isn’t shy to convey his Catholicism on air. His satirical truth on American politics and religion appeals to evangelicals seeking a non-partisan faith in a culture of fundamentalism and Zionism. He is set to take over for David Letterman as the host of the Late show in May 2015. Catholics can shape culture too friends.

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