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June 22nd, 2012
11:27 AM ET

Prominent atheist blogger converts to Catholicism

By Dan Merica, CNN

Washington (CNN) – She went from atheist to Catholic in just over 1,000 words.

Leah Libresco, who’d been a prominent atheist blogger for the religion website Patheos, announced on her blog this week that after years of debating many “smart Christians,” she has decided to become one herself, and that she has begun the process of converting to Catholicism.

Libresco, who had long blogged under the banner “Unequally Yoked: A geeky atheist picks fights with her Catholic boyfriend,” said that at the heart of her decision were questions of morality and how one finds a moral compass.

“I had one thing that I was most certain of, which is that morality is something we have a duty to,” Libresco told CNN in an interview this week, a small cross dangling from her neck. “And it is external from us. And when push came to shove, that is the belief I wouldn’t let go of. And that is something I can’t prove.”

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According to a Patheos post she wrote on Monday, entitled “This is my last post for the Patheos Atheist Portal,” she began to see parts of Christianity and Catholicism that fit her moral system. Though she now identifies as a Catholic, Libresco questions certain aspects of Catholicism, including the church’s positions on homosexuality, contraception and some aspects of religious liberty.

“There was one religion that seemed like the most promising way to reach back to that living Truth,” Libresco wrote about Catholicism in her conversion announcement post, which has been shared over 18,000 times on Facebook. “I asked my friend what he suggests we do now, and we prayed the night office of the Liturgy of the Hours together.”

At the end of the post, Libresco announces that she is in a Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults class and is preparing for baptism. She will continue to blog for Patheos, but under the banner, “A geeky convert picks fights in good faith.”

According to Dan Welch, director of marketing for Patheos, Libresco’s post has received around 150,000 page views so far.

“Leah's blog has gotten steadily more popular since she arrived at Patheos, but a typical post on her blog is probably closer to the range of 5,000 page views,” Welch wrote in an email. “Even now, a few days later, her blog is probably getting 20-30 times its normal traffic.”

Libresco’s announcement has left some atheists scratching their heads.

“I think atheists were surprised that she went with Catholicism, which seems like a very specific choice,” Hemant Mehta, an atheist blogger at Patheos, told CNN. “I have a hard time believing how someone could jump from I don’t believe in God to a very specific church and a very specific God.”

Mehta says that Libresco’s conversion is a “one-off thing” and not something that signals any trend in atheism. “The trends are very clear, the conversions from Catholicism to atheism are much more likely to happen than the other way around,” he said.

But while atheists were puzzled by the conversion, others commended Libresco.

“I know I’ve prayed for her conversion several times, always thinking she would make a great Catholic,” wrote Brandon Vogt, a Catholic blogger. “And with this news, it looks like that will happen. Today heaven is roaring with joy.”

Thomas L. McDonald, a Catholic Patheos blogger, welcomed Libresco to the fold: “Welcome. I know this was hard, and will continue to be so. Don’t worry if the Catholics make it as for difficult for you as the atheists. We only do it to people we love.”

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Libresco says one of the most common questions she has received is how she'll deal with atheists now.

“The great thing about a lot of the atheist and skeptic community is that people talk more critically about ideas and want to see proof provided,” Libresco said. “That kind of analytical thinking is completely useful and the Catholic Church doesn’t need to and should not be afraid of because if you’ve got the facts on your side, you hope they win.”

Libresco is just switching the side she thinks the facts are on.

- Dan Merica

Filed under: Atheism • Catholic Church

soundoff (7,475 Responses)
  1. Art

    Contrary to much popular opinion, you don't have to leave your brain at the door (or be brainwashed) when it comes to having faith.

    June 22, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Faith is the belief in something without proof. That is pretty much the definition of leaving your brain at the door.

      June 22, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
    • nojinx

      You just have to be willing to believe in something that has no evidence of existence.

      June 22, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
    • bob

      Are you sure? It takes a lack of intelligence to believe that a magical sky fairy impregnated a virgin with himself so he could die and then go to heaven and hang out with himself. Or something like that.

      June 22, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
    • Edwin

      Tom tom: I'm sure you accept many things without absolute proof - for example, you probably accept that matter is made of atoms which you cannot see; you probably accept that gravity is not going to disappear tomorrow; you probably believe that testing a theory over and over will yield reliable results. None of these ideas can really be proven to the lay person - even to the experimental physicist. They are accepted because they make sense and fit *past* experimental data, but there is NO proof they will continue. And you probably never even thought to question any of them.

      True faith, on the other hand, is a a *deliberate* decision to accept certain tenets, not based on provable evidence, but rather on an internal feeling of 'rightness'. It is not a lack of brainpower but a conscious realization that certain things are actually unprovable. I'm an atheist, and even I understand this.

      June 22, 2012 at 4:30 pm |
    • nojinx

      "you probably accept that matter is made of atoms which you cannot see; you probably accept that gravity is not going to disappear tomorrow; you probably believe that testing a theory over and over will yield reliable results. None of these ideas can really be proven to the lay person – even to the experimental physicist.

      Correct. The scientific method cannot prove anything, by its very nature. It can only form theories based on the empirical and the inferred.

      "They are accepted because they make sense and fit *past* experimental data"

      That is a key component that faiths lack.

      "And you probably never even thought to question any of them."

      the scientists do that for us.

      June 22, 2012 at 4:34 pm |
    • nojinx

      "It is not a lack of brainpower but a conscious realization that certain things are actually unprovable"

      Yes, that is the problem: being willing to believe in something you have no reason to believe.

      June 22, 2012 at 4:36 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Again, not my post.

      June 22, 2012 at 11:02 pm |
  2. xeno

    This is why I dislike labels of religious affiliation OR disbelief. We're all just people going through our own spiritual explorations of life. If you label yourself, then change your mind, people get all upset. If you just exist, keep asking questions and looking for your own fulfillment, sans label, then there's really nothing for people to be upset about.

    June 22, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
    • Edwin

      xeno: to a certain extent, she did bring this on herself. She actively maintained a blog promoting one set of beliefs, and apparently generated a certain base of fans. So... when she abandoned that belief set, she clearly abandoned them in at least one real sense - thus she generated anger and dismay.

      If she had been quieter about her atheism, few people would care that she changed her views.

      June 22, 2012 at 4:34 pm |
  3. midwstrngrl

    To each his own path. But I do not understand why she feels she needs some kind of outside force to tell her what we instinctively know is right. Morality is common sense. It is what works for the betterment of ourselves. We are more than just animals. Intelligent thought requires us to seek these truths.

    June 22, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
    • michigan

      how do we humans know what common sense is? How do we even know the difference between good and evil if there is no god?

      June 22, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
    • Smurfette

      @ michigan – use the brain your non-existent god gave you. Humans are social animals – we have evolved intelligence, sympathy, and empathy. We use that so that we as individuals and we as a group prosper

      June 22, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  4. michigan

    Please please to all the atheist out there knocking me for being a Christian please give me your answers to how the world was created instead of just bash me for having different views then you. Please someone answer my simple question!

    June 22, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
    • michigan

      i mean bashing me

      June 22, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
    • Reply to Michigan

      @Michigan: Gravity + matter + time = stars and planets. Star + planet + the right distance between them + the right mix of chemicals + time = life.

      That's about it.

      June 22, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
    • Smurfette

      we DON'T know. But, the fact that we don't know does not mean we must suddenly come to the conclusion that is MUST be god – that's a logical fallacy – the argument from ignorance. Try admitting that you don't know – it won't kill you.

      June 22, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
    • nojinx

      The same way God was created. If the earth had to be "created" then so does god, by extension.

      June 22, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      The fact that you think the question of how the world was created is so simple, shows how simple you are. No one knows how it was created. There are only theories. One is based on facts the other is based on faith. For the record I am dating a Christian and though we may disagree she at least comes to the table with a better argument than this.

      June 22, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
    • Ting

      Do you really have to know that answer? Just because a book is old doesn't mean it's right. That actually tends to increase the chances of it being wrong.

      June 22, 2012 at 4:36 pm |
    • mike

      so ttps you now told us so many versions of who you are: a woman, married, and now dating a Christian, wow so what is it?

      June 22, 2012 at 5:02 pm |
    • sam

      Disagreeing does not always equal bashing.

      June 22, 2012 at 5:25 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Can you really not recognize a troll when you encounter one?

      If you aren unaware of the number of times people post under others' names, you must be new here.

      June 22, 2012 at 11:01 pm |
  5. Nick

    Atheism is just a something really arrogant people call themselves when they can't find a religion they like. I think we can all admit that in a vast and wondrous universe proclaiming that you know all the answers (e.g. that there is, for sure, no such thing as God) is arrogance in the extreme.

    June 22, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
    • Smurfette

      Blah blah blah nick blah blah blah. Hey, did your father come up with your name while shaving?

      June 22, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
    • Krug Lamner

      Atheists feel the same way about God as you feel about unicorns and Santa Claus. You just deny the existence of unicorns and Santa Claus because you haven't found a myth you like!

      June 22, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
    • nojinx

      Atheism is the default position for all human beings. Belief in things not evident must be taught.

      June 22, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
    • TomPaine

      @Nick – Atheists don't think they have all the answers, but they also don't just accept answers that they believe to be made up. And they haven't found a religion they like because none of them are believable. You, presumably, mostly agree, because you don't believe in all the other possible religions and have narrowed it down to only one that you find believable–atheists have merely taken it one step further than you.

      June 22, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
    • Goat hearder

      Nick, arrogance in the extreme is claiming to understand God's motives, reasons & justifications or personifying him with human emotions like jealousy, vanity & vengance... Between athiests & believers, who do you think does this?

      June 22, 2012 at 4:35 pm |
  6. Ham

    moral compass? thats easy dont hurt people. done.

    June 22, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
    • bcarpe

      What is meant by "hurt"? Just physical pain? Mental pain? Restriction of one's ability to succeed in one's endeavors?
      What does it meant to hurt someone else? Active, direct hurt? Indirect hurt through inaction?
      How does "don't hurt people" direct me when I see someone hurting someone else? Or themself?

      I think this moral compass is too simplistic.

      June 22, 2012 at 4:38 pm |
  7. tesla1908

    She'll be back.

    June 22, 2012 at 4:18 pm |
  8. Jason

    I'm a hard athiest. Hard. Have been all my life. And you know what? Who cares. Religion is a personal decision. As long as she doesn't try to convert me, I don't care if she's Catholic, Protestant, Orthodox, Muslim, Confucian, Wicca or what. Do what makes you happy, respect other people, and live your life.

    June 22, 2012 at 4:18 pm |
    • Smurfette

      ooooh, I like my atheists hard – REAL hard! So, how many apples tall are you????

      June 22, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
    • Timothy

      Amen!

      June 22, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  9. Sean

    Obviously she chose to convert to Catholicism because her boyfriend is a Catholic. No mystery there.

    June 22, 2012 at 4:18 pm |
  10. Kevin

    When all prejudices and false ideas are removed, one will find the Catholic Church as home.

    June 22, 2012 at 4:18 pm |
    • robert

      you mean if one ignores the "prejudices and false ideas" of the catholic church, one may be willing to call it home. I still find that a stretch.

      June 22, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
    • blaqb0x

      Trust me. I don't allow pedophiles in my house or cover up their crimes.

      June 22, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
    • Krug Lamner

      Lol talking snakes and talking donkeys, the sun stopping in the sky, god sending himself as a sacrifice to himself to appease his own wrath.

      False ideas indeed.

      June 22, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  11. robert

    Wow, she is searching for morality and yet ended up in the catholic church. This is the church that perpetrated the dark ages, sided with hitler, tells people in third world countries that if they birth control they will go to hell, etc. Sounds like you and the catholic church have a lot in common; neither of you understands morality. On the other hand, if you would take a second to understand the evolution of social animals, I am sure you will find an answer that makes sense.

    June 22, 2012 at 4:18 pm |
    • Erik

      i'll pray the Rosary for you Robert.

      June 22, 2012 at 4:31 pm |
  12. Mark

    Belief is not truth, otherwise there would be only one belief.

    June 22, 2012 at 4:17 pm |
    • Chad

      Believing something doesnt make it true
      But, truth does exist(the God of Abraham), and believing in it is the most rational thing to do.

      June 22, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
    • HawaiiGuest

      @Chad

      Yes, believing in a contradictory, immoral, vain mafia boss of a god makes perfect sense.

      June 22, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
    • Chad

      @HawaiiGuest "Yes, believing in a contradictory, immoral, vain mafia boss"

      => evidence for any of that?

      June 22, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
    • Flippy1124

      @Chad – evidence for your god please?

      June 22, 2012 at 4:31 pm |
    • Chad

      @Flippy1124 " evidence for your god please?"

      =>
      1. The origin of the universe
      2. The fine tuning of the universe for the building blocks of life
      3. The origin of life on earth
      4. Punctuated Equilibrium: the fossil record showing species experiencing millions, 100's of millions of years of stasis (no change, random genetic mutations are weeded out of the gene pool resulting in a pool 'wobbling about the genetic mean'), followed by extremely rapid change resulting in new species appearing fully formed in the fossil record.
      5. The empty tomb, and the unshakable conviction among followers and enemies alike that they had witnesses a resurrected Jesus. A conviction they held so strongly that they went to their deaths proclaiming its truth.

      btw, "I dont know for the first 4", and
      "it's all fake for #5", is not a response that provides data explaining anything...

      June 22, 2012 at 4:36 pm |
    • HawaiiGuest

      @Chad

      Eternal torture and all-loving are mutually exclusive concepts, therefore having both as characteristics are contradictory.
      Creating all of the universe merely for his glory (supposedly) is a highly vain act.

      June 22, 2012 at 4:43 pm |
    • HawaiiGuest

      @Chad

      The whole concept of "love me or burn" is analogous to a mafia boss demanding protection money or he will break your legs.

      June 22, 2012 at 4:50 pm |
    • HawaiiGuest

      The god of the bible is highly immoral by advocating genocide, slavery, honor killings, inequality between men and women, ra..pe, polygamy, accepting human sacrifice. That's what I can think of without my bible in front of me.

      June 22, 2012 at 4:53 pm |
    • HawaiiGuest

      @Chad

      Your "evidence" has been shown to be completely hinged on all sorts of fallacies, yet your continued use is funny. Anyone who has seen previous discussions with you knows your dishonest debating style.

      June 22, 2012 at 4:59 pm |
    • Chad

      @HawaiiGuest "Eternal torture and all-loving are mutually exclusive concepts"
      @Chad "not so at all, God allows us to live with the consequences of our decision. If we choose to be separated from Him, that's precisely what will happen, and that will be eternal torture(knowing what could have been, and knowing what will instead be the situation for all of eternity).
      Do you want Him to coerce us? That wouldnt be very loving...

      @HawaiiGuest " Creating all of the universe merely for his glory (supposedly).... ."
      @Chad "hmmm.. chapter/verse?"

      June 22, 2012 at 5:23 pm |
    • HawaiiGuest

      @Chad

      "not so at all, God allows us to live with the consequences of our decision. If we choose to be separated from Him, that's precisely what will happen, and that will be eternal torture(knowing what could have been, and knowing what will instead be the situation for all of eternity).
      Do you want Him to coerce us? That wouldnt be very loving..."
      Translation: blah blah special pleading blah blah.

      Here's the book and verse.
      Isaiah 43: 7, 20-21
      Isaiah 48: 9-11

      Take a gander at http://www.desiringgod.org/resource-library/sermons/god-created-us-for-his-glory
      God creating everything for his own glory is a well established doctrine in christianity and is biblically supported.
      Sorry but your god is very vain.

      June 22, 2012 at 5:35 pm |
    • Chad

      @Chad "God allows us to live with the consequences of our decision". If we choose to be separated from Him, that's precisely what will happen, and that will be eternal torture(knowing what could have been, and knowing what will instead be the situation for all of eternity).

      @HawaiiGuest "Translation: blah blah special pleading blah blah."

      @Chad "really? and.. how so? Where exactly does that argument engage in special pleading?
      ( I realize you wont attempt to explain how that argument does so, as you never do.. I just include the definition here so that folks understand that argument isnt special pleading in any way shape or form)

      Special pleading is a form of spurious argumentation where a position in a dispute introduces favorable details or excludes unfavorable details by alleging a need to apply additional considerations without proper criticism of these considerations themselves. Essentially, this involves someone attempting to cite something as an exemption to a generally accepted rule, principle, etc. without justifying the exemption

      ==============
      @HawaiiGuest "Here's the book and verse.
      Isaiah 43: 7, 20-21, Isaiah 48: 9-11

      @Chad " in context:"
      Since you are precious and honored in my sight,
      and because I love you,
      I will give people in exchange for you,
      nations in exchange for your life.
      5 Do not be afraid, for I am with you;
      I will bring your children from the east
      and gather you from the west.
      6 I will say to the north, ‘Give them up!’
      and to the south, ‘Do not hold them back.’
      Bring my sons from afar
      and my daughters from the ends of the earth —
      7 everyone who is called by my name,
      whom I created for my glory,
      whom I formed and made. ”

      "glory" Strong's H3519:
      1) glory, honour, glorious, abundance
      a) abundance, riches
      b) honour, splendour, glory
      c) honour, dignity
      d) honour, reputation
      e) honour, reverence, glory
      f) glory

      As you can see from the entire context (which atheists hate to provide.. why is that ? 😉 ), that word "glory" refers to a participation that we get to have with God if we choose to participate.

      Choose life!

      June 22, 2012 at 5:53 pm |
    • HawaiiGuest

      @Chad

      Would you consider torture a loving act in any other situation other than with god?

      The second part, the magical word of context. How exactly does "whom I created for my glory" magically transform into participation in something?

      June 22, 2012 at 6:55 pm |
    • Chad

      @HawaiiGuest "Would you consider torture a loving act in any other situation other than with god?"
      @Chad "as shown above, God doesnt torture you, you torture yourself. You can try to argue that God shouldnt allow you to torture yourself, but you cant argue that you are the one that chose it, and you're the one that inflicts it (by your eternal knowledge of what could have been)"

      =========
      @HawaiiGuest "The second part, the magical word of context. How exactly does "whom I created for my glory" magically transform into participation in something?"
      @Chad "just read it, obviously it's quite clear in context. That's why you keep cherry picking that one verse out, to avoid the complete context.".

      June 22, 2012 at 9:32 pm |
    • HawaiiGuest

      @Chad

      And god cannot merely just forgive someone of any type of trangression? Does an almighty being get so butthurt by tiny insignificant specks that he cannot simply forgive? I knew the god you profess was vain but who knew he was such a whiny little bi.tch.

      As for your second, the entirety of that passage talks about god giving up the lives of people or nations for this person, and calls him to gather the other jews for his glory. I also notice that you didn't address the other verse I gave you.

      June 22, 2012 at 9:44 pm |
    • HawaiiGuest

      @Chad

      Besides, you forget that according to your doctrine, god will consign me to hell if I were to do nothing else but no believe in him. OH WOW THAT'S SUCH A HORRIBLE THING. Please, your god is illogical, and if he exists, is no more worthy of worship than Hitler was.

      June 22, 2012 at 9:46 pm |
    • Chad

      @HawaiiGuest "Besides, you forget that according to your doctrine, god will consign me to hell if I were to do nothing else but no believe in him. OH WOW THAT'S SUCH A HORRIBLE THING. Please, your god is illogical, and if he exists, is no more worthy of worship than Hitler was.'

      =>you have expressed your desire to be separate from him, right?
      Do you want God to honor your choice?

      June 22, 2012 at 9:50 pm |
    • HawaiiGuest

      @Chad

      I wonder when you'll actually respond to all parts of a post. But then again, that would require you to have an honest conversation, and you've shown that you are incapable of such a thing.

      June 22, 2012 at 9:52 pm |
    • Chad

      you have expressed your desire to be separate from him, right?
      Do you want God to honor your choice?

      What are you crying about? You are getting what you want. Why does that make God evil?

      June 22, 2012 at 10:12 pm |
    • HawaiiGuest

      @Chad

      Once again, you demonstrate your inability to have an honest debate. You only reply to what you think you are able to get away with through more dishonest conversation.

      June 22, 2012 at 10:45 pm |
    • Chad

      Not sure what you think is dishonest

      @HawaiiGuest "according to your doctrine, god will consign me to hell if I were to do nothing else but no believe in him."
      @Chad "God, will allow you to chose to permanently separate from Him, if you do not have faith in His Son Jesus Christ"

      those are the essentially the same statements, right?

      June 22, 2012 at 10:55 pm |
    • HawaiiGuest

      @Chad

      I'm talking about all the other points that I've brought up that you so conveniently ignore, as you damn well know.

      And god cannot merely just forgive someone of any type of trangression? Does an almighty being get so butthurt by tiny insignificant specks that he cannot simply forgive? I knew the god you profess was vain but who knew he was such a whiny little bi.tch.

      As for your second, the entirety of that passage talks about god giving up the lives of people or nations for this person, and calls him to gather the other jews for his glory. I also notice that you didn't address the other verse I gave you.
      Those verses being
      Isaiah 48: 9-11
      Isaiah 43: 20-21

      June 22, 2012 at 10:57 pm |
    • HawaiiGuest

      Then again, keep doing what you do Chad. Show everyone the depth of your dishonesty. Continue to show how you are unable to actually address certain things, and therefore just ignore them, and I will continue to point them out in the hopes of someone reading this and realizing how weak these standard apologetics really are.

      June 22, 2012 at 10:59 pm |
    • Chad

      ah, sorry. I usually just skip over the profanity. You'll find your posts are given much more attention if you refrain from that.

      @HawaiiGuest "And god cannot merely just forgive someone of any type of transgression?"
      @Chad "YES! He can!, you just have to ask 🙂

      @HawaiiGuest I also notice that you didn't address the other verse I gave you.
      Those verses being
      Isaiah 48: 9-11
      “From now on I will tell you of new things,
      of hidden things unknown to you.
      7 They are created now, and not long ago;
      you have not heard of them before today.
      So you cannot say,
      ‘Yes, I knew of them.’
      8 You have neither heard nor understood;
      from of old your ears have not been open.
      Well do I know how treacherous you are;
      you were called a rebel from birth.
      9 For my own name’s sake I delay my wrath;
      for the sake of my praise I hold it back from you,
      so as not to destroy you completely.
      10 See, I have refined you, though not as silver;
      I have tested you in the furnace of affliction.
      11 For my own sake, for my own sake, I do this.
      How can I let myself be defamed?
      I will not yield my glory to another.

      that's pretty straightforward right? God will not destroy them because they are tied to Him. It would defame Him to allow that.

      Isaiah 43: 20-21
      This is what the Lord says—
      he who made a way through the sea,
      a path through the mighty waters,
      17 who drew out the chariots and horses,
      the army and reinforcements together,
      and they lay there, never to rise again,
      extinguished, snuffed out like a wick:
      18 “Forget the former things;
      do not dwell on the past.
      19 See, I am doing a new thing!
      Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
      I am making a way in the wilderness
      and streams in the wasteland.
      20 The wild animals honor me,
      the jackals and the owls,
      because I provide water in the wilderness
      and streams in the wasteland,
      to give drink to my people, my chosen,
      21 the people I formed for myself
      that they may proclaim my praise.

      again, God is proclaiming His faithfulness to Israel, not because of something that they have done, but because of who He is.

      June 22, 2012 at 11:15 pm |
    • HawaiiGuest

      @Chad

      Once again, I asked a question that had quite a lot more than "can't god just forgive". You also fail to mention that the only way, according to your doctrine, for god to forgive is to have faith. This is not something that all people can do, as some people cannot accept things without the verification that the thing is true, and if there were proof, then it isn't faith. So this forgiveness is limited only to those who can accept things off of nothing more than "the bible says so". Faith is the most horrible way of discerning what is true or not, and to hings something like eternal torture on something so flimsy and interpretive as faith, is not only unreliable, but completely exclusionary to certain types of people. Sorry, but this is not a fair or just system, and completely contradicts an omni-benevolent deity.

      June 22, 2012 at 11:25 pm |
    • Chad

      @HawaiiGuest "You also fail to mention that the only way, according to your doctrine, for god to forgive is to have faith. This is not something that all people can do, as some people cannot accept things without the verification that the thing is true, and if there were proof, then it isn't faith." So this forgiveness is limited only to those who can accept things off of nothing more than "the bible says so"."

      @Chad "Not so at all, investigate the historical evidence for Jesus Christ death/resurrection. Try to prove that it didnt happen and you'll find that the facts just wont allow that.

      The only condition for forgiveness is to ask for it and believe that Jesus Christ died so that you might be forgiven.

      Look, you and I have corresponded many times, it's quite obvious to me that you have a position that you want to be true (atheism) so you search out support for it. Cherry picking scripture is a good example, you had a point you wanted to make, which is refuted merely by providing the entire context.

      Why not pursue a real investigation? What do you have to loose?

      I'll make a deal with you: you pick any book and I'll read it thoroughly and do a book report.. I pick a book for you and you do the same.

      Deal?

      June 23, 2012 at 11:14 am |
  13. annoyed by CNN

    While I personally welcome her to believe any crazy thing she wants, Why is this news? It would seem to me that anyone who feels the need to blog their religious beliefs has some sort of mental issue & certainly fliping their opinion 180 degrees gives them even less credibility. It would be more interesting to hear the thoughts of the guy on the corner that "actually talks to God" He's every bit as credible & every bit as newsworthy. Hopefully she will be a "New Testament" Catholic.

    June 22, 2012 at 4:16 pm |
    • bcarpe

      I don't think this was quite a 180 degree switch. If you view it only as Atheist to Theist, sure. It's 180 degrees. I think she actually stayed consistent in her primary belief, which was that there is such thing as objective moral truth. She couldn't see it in atheism, but she could in Catholicism.

      June 22, 2012 at 4:49 pm |
  14. junior

    Religion is our search for God,
    Christianity is God's search for us.

    Loving the Faith, LIving the Faith.

    June 22, 2012 at 4:16 pm |
    • asdf

      Intolerance is our search for God,
      Intolerance is God's search for us.
      Loving the intolerance, LIving the intolerance.

      June 22, 2012 at 4:18 pm |
    • junior

      intolerance is your vehicle for communicating.

      Try Love

      June 22, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
    • TR6

      Religion is searching in a dark room
      For a black cat that isn’t there
      And yelling “I’ve got him”

      June 22, 2012 at 4:47 pm |
  15. Adam

    Joining the Catholic Church merely out of an affection for morality is like joining the Nahzee[sic] Party because of one's affection for order and uniforms: you can get all of it elsewhere, and your participation only makes one complicit in a variety of hate crimes, and physical and civil rights abuses.

    This is patently absurd. Throw out the dogma, keep the pretty music and architecture, and sit down with your fellow human beings and have a 21st century conversation about morality.

    June 22, 2012 at 4:16 pm |
    • junior

      If that is reason without Faith, then I don't ever want to be atheist.

      June 22, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
    • Adam

      You don't want to be an atheist AGAIN, you mean. 🙂

      (Please specify your disagreement with my post and I will try to follow up any questions you may have. Thank you.)

      June 22, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  16. nojinx

    Sometimes the desire to believe in something stronger than rational thought.

    June 22, 2012 at 4:15 pm |
    • Mister Jones

      Sometimes?

      June 22, 2012 at 4:18 pm |
    • nojinx

      Yes, sometimes. Usually rational thought is stronger.

      June 22, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  17. mike the ex-Catholic

    Funny, I've never heard of her before. Like most people, I don't spend much time reading blogs. I wonder how many Catholics were moving in the opposite direction while she was blogging about abandoning Atheism. Sounds to me like her "conversion" probably had a romantic motive rather than a rational one.

    June 22, 2012 at 4:15 pm |
    • Edwin

      The strongest reason for any religious viewpoint is social. We are, after all, very communal creatures - and if her boyfriend (whose opinions she respects) is a strong Catholic, it makes sense that she would be receptive to many of his ideas.

      Note that her core beliefs on liberty, tolerance, and so forth do not seem to have undergone a conversion - just her belief in the existence of a deity.

      June 22, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  18. Edwin

    A bizarre transformation, but if it makes her happy - who am I to question her?

    June 22, 2012 at 4:14 pm |
  19. Mike

    Why do the atheists get so riled up and angry about this? If they were so "moral" on their own, wouldn't they take the high road and accept that this person has made a different choice than they have. If atheists want to point the finger at Christians for being angry and condemning (and rightfully so in may cases) then they too are just as hypocritical with the wrath-filled diatribes you read here.

    June 22, 2012 at 4:14 pm |
    • What a fraud...

      Because this is so obviously a fraud... Why do they feel they need to lie to people in order to convert them??

      June 22, 2012 at 4:16 pm |
    • AverageJoe76

      You see anger? I see some bewilderment. Some sattire. No anger, tho. But then again, I don't read everyone's post. You could be right.

      June 22, 2012 at 4:17 pm |
    • Edwin

      I'm an atheist and I don't have a problem with her conversion. It's confusing, but her journey towards Truth is not really any of my business. Whatever makes her feel happy and 'right' with the universe is good for her.

      What you might see, Mike, is not the reaction of atheists but rather the reaction of *angry* atheists. Like angry christians, angry atheists are more likely to post and more likely to react negatively to those who are not like them. Do not assume that all atheists are like that, and I will not assume that all christians actively wish gays and atheists to be beat up or kicked out of the United States.

      June 22, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
    • Krug Lamner

      It's a cheap way to get attention, and she knows it. Most of her blog posts have ZERO comments and ZERO shares. Now she's getting all that attention she wanted from CNN. People have done far more for far less attention–just look at youtube.

      Thousands of religious people become atheists every day. It's not even newsworthy. But this is out of the ordinary so it makes news, like that guy who ate that other guy's face...you just don't see that every day.

      June 22, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
  20. St John Of GOD

    Welcome to heaven and everlasting life! BTW-forginess of your sins is included!

    You can become a Citizen of Heaven by declare with your mouth that JESUS IS LORD!

    June 22, 2012 at 4:13 pm |
    • R Burns

      . . .and living His commandments!

      June 22, 2012 at 4:16 pm |
    • Doc Vestibule

      And you can become a citizen of Valhalla by dyin gloriously in heaven.
      Or join the Celestial Kingdom by learning the secret handshake, your new name and special sealings.

      June 22, 2012 at 4:17 pm |
    • Doc Vestibule

      Dying gloriously in BATTLE, that is.
      It's been a long week.

      June 22, 2012 at 4:18 pm |
    • Tony

      Congrats Leah – good move...

      June 22, 2012 at 4:32 pm |
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