“Is he a believer?” As a former evangelical, I remember hearing (and asking) this question frequently. Much is at stake in answering it: is the person someone who can be trusted, with whom one can fellowship and pray, or should we pray for his conversion? I used to label people “believer” (or not) with speed and ease—a reflection of the arrogance of both youth and much of evangelical spirituality. Not now. There are good reasons why Catholics don’t typically ask this question, and should be reticent to ever answer it.
Evangelicals define “believer” differently. Some look for a public profession of

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