Why Stay Protestant? by Matthew Schultz (for some reason either Word press or “Medium” would not let me link the url here. After several tries I give up trying to figure that out. I not a techy; So, the link goes to Triablogue, and then the link goes to Matthew’s excellent article. )
One of the best overviews of this question I have ever read. Schultz hits on a lot of things that tend to be missing in both conservative Presbyterian circles and conservative Calvinistic Baptist circles. I was never tempted to become Roman Catholic like he was; but one of my close friends did convert to Rome (see the articles on Rod Bennett), and the challenge he gave me sent me (we debated off and on for 8 years) on many years of more interest in church history, the early church fathers, and historical theology. But Schultz articulates well the tension that many other kinds of folks feel. Artsy and music and more emotive and creative people have a hard time in most Calvinistic circles. (It seems to me.) Not because of the doctrines per se, but because of the seemingly lack of , or unbalance, of things like empathy, creativity, music, arts, emotion. I think that is a big reason why Pastor John Piper has so much appeal and is attractive to me (the balance of head and heart); and has won over many to Calvinism in recent years. He and the late R.C. Sproul and James White on the more intellectual side, IMO, have done more to help many come to the doctrines of Grace. (Calvinism or Reformed Theology)
But the situation has been improving in recent years. I believe in the doctrines of Calvinism, and also believers baptism (The Baptist position), and one of the Baptist doctrines / practices of church government (elder rule with modified congregationalism – Wayne Grudem, Systematic Theology) I love my Biblical local church – A Calvinistic Southern Baptist Church. The only difference between me and Matthew Schultz is that he is comfortable in the PCA (Presbyterian Church of America) and I am satisfied that we found, years ago, the most Biblical kind of church in our area also. I love the unity displayed at the T4G conferences movement. I will be re-reading this and digesting and probably writing on this more in the future.