"Don’t get me wrong. I’m solidly in the Reformation camp. I see the [Roman Catholic Church] as a dead-end and always have. I feel sorry for anyone so seduced by a need for mystery, awe, and otherness that they’ll abandon truth for it.
"Yet I still understand why they do it."
An interesting couple of articles has popped up about why Evangelicals become Catholic. Dan Edelen at Cerulean Sanctum makes the assertion that they do so because Evangelicals have abandoned any sense of mystery, awe, and otherness within their worship. (In all fairness, his examination of the issue has as it's purpose the finding of the problem on his side of the Tiber.)
I appreciate the mystery in Catholicism. It's beautiful. It's sublime and breathtaking. It is seductive. But beauty is, nevertheless, beauty is not the enemy of truth. It is also not the only reason that Evangelicals become Catholic. Nor, I would imagine, is it the largest reason. In fact, it offends me that people should think one gives up truth for beauty, or beauty for truth, for that matter.
Scot McKnight in a paper titled, "From Wheaton to Rome," (JETS, vol 45, no 3) writes about four reasons that Evangelicals pope. His reasons are (1) certainty, (2) history, (3) unity, and (4) authority. He does mention transcendence as an issue, but not a major issue. These reasons are far closer to my personal experience as well as the stories I hear from other converts.