Conversions to Catholicism, and away from Protestantism are definitely a trend. We know that because we see the alarm in Protestant circles (and quack analyses). Having had my conversion story published, it is often amusing to me to see how much people think they know about what supposedly went on inside of my heart and head during that exciting time.
Most times they don't have the slightest clue. It's like music critics pretending that they know what Bob Dylan or someone like that is talking about in their music lyrics. They're just winging it. But here we have vested interests. Someone thinks Catholicism is false; therefore they have to explain away by any means necessary (usually irrational, arbitrary ones) a person who became convinced of its truthfulness.
Even the analyses of more ecumenical Protestants, who acknowledge that Catholics are still Christians, are filled with "psychoanalytic"-type observations and fallacious explanations of why such a move has occurred. Most of these pieces are entertaining reading, but also disturbing and sad insofar as they miss the mark so widely.
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Romeward Bound: Evaluating Why Protestants Convert to Catholicism (David Hagopian) [7-18-96]
From Wheaton to Rome: Why Evangelicals become Roman Catholic (Scot McKnight, Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society, Sep 2002)
Shifting Boundaries and Protestant Conversions (Dan Clendenin) [13 January 2003]
Roman Catholicism, Evangelical Protestantism, and the Beckwith Controversy (Sam Storms, 10 May 2007)
They Went Out from Us, But They Were Not Really of Us (Elliot Miller, Christian Research Journal, Issue 30-06, 2007)
Why Evangelicals are Returning to Rome: The Abandonment of Sola Scriptura as a Formal Principle (Bob DeWaay) [April 2008]
The Church Fathers: A Door to Rome (Fundamental Baptist Information Service) [18 August 2008]
Going Catholic (Jason Byassee, The Christian Century, 22 August 2008)
Whose Rome? Which Catholicism? A Review of Beckwith’s Return to Rome (James K. A. Smith) [24 March 2010]
Why do Evangelicals convert to Catholicism? (Adam Omelianchuk) [25 March 2010]
Evangelicals ‘Crossing the Tiber’ to Catholicism (Jonathan D. Fitzgerald) [28 July 2010]
Why Evangelicals Convert to be Catholic, and Why Evangelicals should Care (Andy Gustafson) [18 August 2010]
A Summary Critique: Surprised by Truth (Ralph MacKenzie; PDF file) [unknown date]
Emerging Church is Leading Protestants back Home to Rome (Mike Gendron) [unknown date]
Why Are Evangelicals Converting to Roman Catholicism? (Michael J. Vlach) [unknown date]
Surprised by What?: A Defense of Sola Scriptura (Jake Magee) [unknown date]