An American Conversion

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An American Conversion

One Man's Discovery of Beauty and Truth in Times of Crisis

Author Deal Hudson, a key conservative activist and literary scholar, recounts his personal story of spiritual search, sin and repentance, and conversion to Catholicism. This intimate, often funny narrative will resonate with anyone seeking to reconcile faith, reason, and beauty.

The longtime publisher of “Crisis” magazine and a major player in Republican party politics, Deal Hudson is also a serious intellectual and literary scholar. Here he tells the story of his discovery of Catholic faith—how he went from a rather unreflective Baptist childhood and followed the “way of beauty” and the examples of men like St. Augustine to a discovery of the great tradition of apostolic Christianity, and the art and literature it produced over the centuries.

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Hudson, publisher of Crisis magazine, tells a story that beautifully reflects the subtitle, but not the title. As a Southern Baptist, and minister of the same, the author chafed under the divorce of piety from aesthetics and the life of the mind. Bit by bit, with a hesitance interspersed by leaps of grace he does not presume to explain, he came to embrace another way of being Christian. Thomas Aquinas, George Herbert, Jacques Maritain, Louis Bouyer, and other masters were decisive in his being wooed by the Catholicism to which he finally succumbed. Elegantly written and a pleasure to read, this is the tale of an American who was converted and is, as he knows, still on the way of being converted. But one might argue that, in his preoccupation with beauty and truth, Hudson's experience is in sharp contrast to what, in our confused religious culture of feel-good spiritualities, would be a typical "American" conversion.
First Things Magazine


From Southern Baptist to a powerful force in Catholic intellectual and political life, Deal Hudson, editor of the elegant and influential magazine, Crisis, has pursued a moving quest for the truth and beauty of a rich and abiding faith & An American Conversion will touch and delight readers even as it illuminates the strong bond between fearless intellectual inquiry and the peace and grace of faith. This powerful, spare book lays forth the intimate relation between conversion and intellectual rigor in one man’s attempt to find lasting peace in a dangerous world.
Genovese Éléonore Raoul Professor of the Humanities Emory University

9780824521264
Hardcover / 189 pages
Dimensions: 5.4 x 8.54
CROSSROAD, 2003