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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. Mike P

    I wish there were a way to contact Ms. Libresco and let her know about the Orthodox Church before she commits to Catholicism.

    June 24, 2012 at 1:46 am |
    • Mike

      Why are there so many different branches of Christianity.

      June 24, 2012 at 2:24 am |
    • PPLRWRD

      Because people do in Christianity as they do in everything else. Argue over stupid points and disparage one another. They forget that Christianity is about Christ, not Luther or John or whoever else started some branch or another. But hey, that is the same with Muslims, Buddists, Republicans, Democrats, American's and the list goes on.

      June 24, 2012 at 2:41 am |
  2. Michael

    "Libresco is just switching the she thinks the facts are on." – Oh I'm sorry was evolution disbarred in the science community and a theory that breaks the laws of physics brought forward? GIVE ME A BREAK.

    June 24, 2012 at 1:27 am |
    • Cq

      Catholics are allowed to accept the theory of evolution, or didn't you know?

      June 24, 2012 at 1:38 am |
    • Really

      Evolution was all part of God's master plan. Thousands of people dying every day from starvation is also part of his plan. Don't question the plan, just go with it.

      June 24, 2012 at 1:52 am |
    • PPLRWRD

      I am not a big Christian, but if I recall their beliefs starvation is a result of sin, not God's plan. Christians believe, from the ones I talk to who seem to be true believers and not cultural Christians, that God never desired or planned evil, he just uses the evil man creates for his purposes.

      June 24, 2012 at 2:17 am |
    • PPLRWRD

      According to Christians, what God had planned and what allowed for the entry of sin and therefore death and ruin was that people would have free will.

      June 24, 2012 at 2:18 am |
    • PPLRWRD

      So if you are saying God is screwed up because he allowed people to think for themselves and choose for themselves then I guess I can't argue with you, if there is a God at all.

      June 24, 2012 at 2:18 am |
    • Mike

      As a atheist you don't have a right to blame a god for any thing. The fault is in the actions of us humans. As atheists it is up to or self’s to progress humanity. If you want to end world hunger you have to get up and do your part to help. Otherwise your just dead weight.

      June 24, 2012 at 2:32 am |
    • PPLRWRD

      I think you hit that one dead on. I don't understand how we Athiest blame a God that doesn't exist for the problems of the world and then fault Christians and their God for the problems of the world. It is baffeling to me. Great point.

      June 24, 2012 at 2:38 am |
    • Really

      Point being, your god

      a) is not all powerful
      b) is powerful but chooses not to do anything about it, aka doesn't give a rat's a$$
      c) does not exist

      June 24, 2012 at 2:52 am |
    • PPLRWRD

      Or perhaps the Christian God is following the old saying "If you let the bird fly free and it never returns it was not to be, but if it comes back to you it is yours forever."

      June 24, 2012 at 3:00 am |
    • PPLRWRD

      Personally, I feel their is no God and we athiest that blame God for the problems are hypocrits. The world is Man's and we have no one to blame but ourselves. Athiest, Christian, Republican, Democrat, Gay, Straight. Their are good in the groups and bad. It is the bad bunch that teach hate toward anothers difference of opinion (not wanting to hang out is not hate) that screw up the world.

      June 24, 2012 at 3:09 am |
    • Cq

      PPLRWRD
      Considering that we waste about 30% of our over-supply of food here in the USA due to just letting it rot, or throwing away the blemished parts that starving people would be happy to have; and that we eat so much that we actually have a problem burning off all the extra calories, would you call that sinful?

      June 24, 2012 at 1:54 pm |
  3. Max

    FUCK ATHEISM!

    June 24, 2012 at 1:27 am |
    • Sue

      YOU can't, because you couldn't find an A$$ HOLE anywhere in atheism. 😉

      June 24, 2012 at 1:42 am |
    • PPLRWRD

      I would disagree Sue, I am an athiest and know a lot of fellow athiests who fit the discription you just said.

      June 24, 2012 at 2:45 am |
  4. Marie Arrington

    As a recovering catholic good luck to her. If she has any mind of her own and has any questions at all this is one religion I would not be a part of. Be a good girl and don't ask questions, just follow ALL the teachings otherwise you are NOT a good catholic.

    June 24, 2012 at 1:10 am |
    • Really

      Put her in a long pastel dress and she looks like she would make a perfect FLDS woman.

      June 24, 2012 at 1:56 am |
  5. anchorite

    As an atheist, I simply don't believe in God, or gods, or anything supernatural. That's it. It's not "just another religion." I am not in a club with other atheists, they do not speak for me any more than Muslims or Hindus or other non-Christians do. Since it is not the "anti-Christianity" it really don't have a position on "converting" people to believe in no God, so I really don't give a care about what Libresco believes. Our lack of a God doesn't tell us we must make people believe in our lack of a God or be intolerant of people who won't come over to our side.

    June 24, 2012 at 12:59 am |
    • Cq

      Yup! You don't need to be "in a group" not to believe in God any more than you have to be in a group not to be a professional football player, or not to be a Star Wars fan, or not to believe in Bigfoot, or anything else you're not a part of.

      June 24, 2012 at 1:20 am |
    • Nii

      CQ
      And thats who I call a spiritual Atheist, ANCHORITE ! Believe what u will but seek to be ethical and moral. Love your neighbor as yourself.

      June 24, 2012 at 1:58 am |
    • Cq

      Nii
      There are many ways to be "spiritual" without involving the belief in a god. I find listening to music a very spiritual experience, as I do contemplating the enormity of the cosmos, and how insignificant I am within it.

      I find it confusing that a faith that places so much emphasis on loving their neighbor spends so much time condemning others and opposing equality.

      June 24, 2012 at 1:46 pm |
  6. blessedgeek

    Another one bites the dust.

    June 24, 2012 at 12:56 am |
    • Peteyroo

      Blushing Geek, are you looking for something to bite? Try a lemon.

      June 24, 2012 at 1:07 am |
  7. Juleslady

    thats fine but she wont get to heaven – the only unforgivable sin is denouncing god... no matter how much she repents god wont forgive that the bible says so

    June 24, 2012 at 12:53 am |
    • Karen

      Jules will spit evil for the rest of her days

      June 24, 2012 at 12:55 am |
    • blessedgeek

      You know the bible that well? Or are you anecdotally plucking "facts" from thin aire.

      June 24, 2012 at 12:57 am |
    • Dann

      Where does it say this at my friend? In Matthew 12:31 Jesus says blasphemy against the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven...
      New Living Translation (©2007)
      "So I tell you, every sin and blasphemy can be forgiven–except blasphemy against the Holy Spirit, which will never be forgiven.

      June 24, 2012 at 1:49 am |
    • Mike

      Please if that was true then the hole world would be up a creek with out a paddle. A god that is described in the bible is suppose to include infinite knowledge, unlimited power, present everywhere, perfect goodness. It would not be that way. It would have communicated with humans in a way that every one on this planet could have understood. This bible you hold so dearly is nothing but pure dogma made to control you.

      June 24, 2012 at 2:20 am |
    • Juleslady

      @blessedgeek yes I do know it that well... @mike I dont believe in God and yes the "hole" world is... @Karen If to you Truth is evil then probably so...

      June 24, 2012 at 2:31 am |
    • PPLRWRD

      Actually, the bible says the only unforgivable sin is to blashemy the Holy Spirit. In other words, if you know an act is of God without doubt or question, and you say it is an act of the Devil or an evil act, then you will be unforgivable. But since most of us that aren't Christians don't really know if an act is of God and those who are Christians are unlikely to say it is not of God then I think we are mostly safe from this one.

      June 24, 2012 at 2:36 am |
    • Mike

      @ Juleslady. If only my new found logic would have granted me with better grammar 😦

      June 24, 2012 at 2:41 am |
    • Juleslady

      she converted to Catholicism not Christianity and she says she converted because the morals fit her own not because she believes in the trinity... I believe the 10 commandments are a good set of guidelines for the world but I still do not believe in an all powerful being in charge of our "souls" ... (if she had converted to Jehovahs witness she would not be saved since to them the holy spirit is a force not part of god thus its blasphemy) .. @mike 🙂

      June 24, 2012 at 4:18 pm |
  8. Reality

    Educating Leah Continues:

    Putting the kibosh/ on religion to include Catholicism:

    • There was probably no Abraham i.e. the foundations of Judaism, Christianity and Islam are non-existent.

    • There was probably no Moses i.e the pillars of Judaism, Christianity and Islam have no strength of purpose.

    prob•a•bly
    Adverb: Almost certainly; as far as one knows or can tell.

    • There was no Gabriel i.e. Islam fails as a religion. Christianity partially fails.

    • There was no Easter i.e. Christianity completely fails as a religion.

    • There was no Moroni i.e. Mormonism is nothing more than a business cult.

    • Sacred/revered cows, monkey gods, castes, reincarnations and therefore Hinduism fails as a religion.

    • Fat Buddhas here, skinny Buddhas there, reincarnated Buddhas everywhere makes for a no on Buddhism.

    Added details available upon written request.

    A quick search will put the kibosh on any other groups calling themselves a religion.

    e.g. Taoism

    "The origins of Taoism are unclear. Traditionally, Lao-tzu who lived in the sixth century is regarded as its founder. Its early philosophic foundations and its later beliefs and rituals are two completely different ways of life. Today (1982) Taoism claims 31,286,000 followers.

    Legend says that Lao-tzu was immaculately conceived by a shooting star; carried in his mother's womb for eighty-two years; and born a full grown wise old man. "

    June 24, 2012 at 12:34 am |
    • randomguy

      Ugh. Too long. Not reading this.

      June 24, 2012 at 12:42 am |
    • PPLRWRD

      You have some really great points here. But I will tell you as a historian you need to put down some references. And not "I read this in this dudes book." But actually primary source references.

      June 24, 2012 at 12:46 am |
    • Peteyroo

      How old was LaoTzu's mother? If he was 82 years bold at birth, she must have pushing 100!

      June 24, 2012 at 12:59 am |
    • Beth

      Reality,

      "There was no Easter i.e. Christianity completely fails as a religion. "

      A lot of the Catholic feasts, festivals, rituals, etc. were adapted from pagan rituals, beliefs, etc.

      June 24, 2012 at 1:01 am |
    • Nii

      Easter as a pagan festival coincides with the Jewish Passover. It is the name Easter which was adopted to differentiate the Christian Passover from the Jewish Passover. The rituals and ceremonies held in Church are the PASSOVER! So few go to church n notice it cos they don't go to the synagogue too!

      June 24, 2012 at 2:03 am |
    • Really

      Beth

      It could be worded better, but Easter in this post is in reference to the resurrection of Jesus, not the pagan holiday of 'where's the eggs?'.

      June 24, 2012 at 2:06 am |
    • PPLRWRD

      And what is your proof that it never occured. I don't believe it occured, yet I see a lot of people who speak as you do who believe in Alexander the Great when the first recorded evidence of Alexander the Great was 400 years after his supposed existence. What is your proof.

      June 24, 2012 at 2:24 am |
    • PPLRWRD

      I am just saying, if you are going to speak about something as if you know it for fact, then you might want some facts. First lesson in the study of history "Everything we know about history we don't really know about history."1

      1. David Hackett Fisher, HIstorians' Fallacies: Towards a Logic of Historical Thought (New York: HarperPerennial), 1970.

      June 24, 2012 at 2:28 am |
    • Reality

      As requested:

      Saving Christians from the Infamous Resurrection Con:

      From that famous passage: In 1 Corinthians 15 St. Paul reasoned, "If Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith."

      Even now Catholic/Christian professors of theology are questioning the bodily resurrection of the simple, preacher man aka Jesus.

      To wit;

      From a major Catholic university's theology professor’s grad school white-board notes:

      "Heaven is a Spirit state or spiritual reality of union with God in love, without earthly – earth bound distractions.
      Jesus and Mary's bodies are therefore not in Heaven.

      Most believe that it to mean that the personal spiritual self that survives death is in continuity with the self we were while living on earth as an embodied person.

      Again, the physical Resurrection (meaning a resuscitated corpse returning to life), Ascension (of Jesus' crucified corpse), and Assumption (Mary's corpse) into heaven did not take place.

      The Ascension symbolizes the end of Jesus' earthly ministry and the beginning of the Church.

      Only Luke records it. (Luke mentions it in his gospel and Acts, i.e. a single attestation and therefore historically untenable). The Ascension ties Jesus' mission to Pentecost and missionary activity of Jesus' followers.

      The Assumption has multiple layers of symbolism, some are related to Mary's special role as "Christ bearer" (theotokos). It does not seem fitting that Mary, the body of Jesus' Virgin-Mother (another biblically based symbol found in Luke 1) would be derived by worms upon her death. Mary's assumption also shows God's positive regard, not only for Christ's male body, but also for female bodies." "

      "In three controversial Wednesday Audiences, Pope John Paul II pointed out that the essential characteristic of heaven, hell or purgatory is that they are states of being of a spirit (angel/demon) or human soul, rather than places, as commonly perceived and represented in human language. This language of place is, according to the Pope, inadequate to describe the realities involved, since it is tied to the temporal order in which this world and we exist. In this he is applying the philosophical categories used by the Church in her theology and saying what St. Thomas Aquinas said long before him."
      http://eternal-word.com/library/PAPALDOC/JP2HEAVN.HTM

      The Vatican quickly embellished this story with a lot CYAP.

      With respect to rising from the dead, we also have this account:

      An added note: As per R.B. Stewart in his introduction to the recent book, The Resurrection of Jesus, Crossan and Wright in Dialogue,

      p.4

      "Reimarus (1774-1778) posits that Jesus became sidetracked by embracing a political position, sought to force God's hand and that he died alone deserted by his disciples. What began as a call for repentance ended up as a misguided attempt to usher in the earthly political kingdom of God. After Jesus' failure and death, his disciples stole his body and declared his resurrection in order to maintain their financial security and ensure themselves some standing."

      p.168. by Ted Peters:

      Even so, asking historical questions is our responsibility. Did Jesus really rise from the tomb? Is it necessary to have been raised from the tomb and to appear to his disciples in order to explain the rise of early church and the transcription of the bible? Crossan answers no, Wright answers, yes. "

      So where are the bones"? As per Professor Crossan's analyses in his many books, the body of Jesus would have ended up in the mass graves of the crucified, eaten by wild dogs, covered with lime in a shallow grave, or under a pile of stones.

      June 24, 2012 at 9:25 am |
    • Reality

      As requested:

      o 1. Historical Jesus Theories, earlychristianwritings.com/theories.htm – the names of many of the contemporary historical Jesus scholars and the ti-tles of their over 100 books on the subject.
      2. Early Christian Writings, earlychristianwritings.com/
      – a list of early Christian doc-uments to include the year of publication–

      30-60 CE Passion Narrative
      40-80 Lost Sayings Gospel Q
      50-60 1 Thessalonians
      50-60 Philippians
      50-60 Galatians
      50-60 1 Corinthians
      50-60 2 Corinthians
      50-60 Romans
      50-60 Philemon
      50-80 Colossians
      50-90 Signs Gospel
      50-95 Book of Hebrews
      50-120 Didache
      50-140 Gospel of Thomas
      50-140 Oxyrhynchus 1224 Gospel
      50-200 Sophia of Jesus Christ
      65-80 Gospel of Mark
      70-100 Epistle of James
      70-120 Egerton Gospel
      70-160 Gospel of Peter
      70-160 Secret Mark
      70-200 Fayyum Fragment
      70-200 Testaments of the Twelve Patriarchs
      73-200 Mara Bar Serapion
      80-100 2 Thessalonians
      80-100 Ephesians
      80-100 Gospel of Matthew
      80-110 1 Peter
      80-120 Epistle of Barnabas
      80-130 Gospel of Luke
      80-130 Acts of the Apostles
      80-140 1 Clement
      80-150 Gospel of the Egyptians
      80-150 Gospel of the Hebrews
      80-250 Christian Sibyllines
      90-95 Apocalypse of John
      90-120 Gospel of John
      90-120 1 John
      90-120 2 John
      90-120 3 John
      90-120 Epistle of Jude
      93 Flavius Josephus
      100-150 1 Timothy
      100-150 2 Timothy
      100-150 T-itus
      100-150 Apocalypse of Peter
      100-150 Secret Book of James
      100-150 Preaching of Peter
      100-160 Gospel of the Ebionites
      100-160 Gospel of the Nazoreans
      100-160 Shepherd of Hermas
      100-160 2 Peter

      3. Historical Jesus Studies, faithfutures.org/HJstudies.html,
      – "an extensive and constantly expanding literature on historical research into the person and cultural context of Jesus of Nazareth"
      4. Jesus Database, faithfutures.org/JDB/intro.html–"The JESUS DATABASE is an online annotated inventory of the traditions concerning the life and teachings of Jesus that have survived from the first three centuries of the Common Era. It includes both canonical and extra-canonical materials, and is not limited to the traditions found within the Christian New Testament."
      5. Josephus on Jesus mtio.com/articles/bissar24.htm
      6. The Jesus Seminar, mystae.com/restricted/reflections/messiah/seminar.html#Criteria
      7. Writing the New Testament- mystae.com/restricted/reflections/messiah/testament.html
      8. Health and Healing in the Land of Israel By Joe Zias
      joezias.com/HealthHealingLandIsrael.htm
      9. Economics in First Century Palestine, K.C. Hanson and D. E. Oakman, Palestine in the Time of Jesus, Fortress Press, 1998.
      10.The Gnostic Jesus
      (Part One in a Two-Part Series on Ancient and Modern Gnosticism)
      by Douglas Groothuis: equip.org/free/DG040-1.htm
      11. The interpretation of the Bible in the Church, Pontifical Biblical Commission
      Presented on March 18, 1994
      ewtn.com/library/CURIA/PBCINTER.HTM#2
      12. The Jesus Database- newer site:
      wiki.faithfutures.org/index.php?t-itle=Jesus_Database
      13. Jesus Database with the example of Supper and Eucharist:
      faithfutures.org/JDB/jdb016.html
      14. Josephus on Jesus by Paul Maier:
      mtio.com/articles/bissar24.htm
      15. The Journal of Higher Criticism with links to articles on the Historical Jesus:
      mtio.com/articles/bissar24.htm

      Continued below:

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  9. formerFundamentalist

    Yawn, TheCapitalist. You are simply gain-saying and using a more sophisticated (barely) form of "I know you are, but what am I?". So what is really driving you to witness to everyone here?

    Jesus said, "Render unto Caesar that which is Caesar's, and unto God that which is God's." Yet you chose as your screen name not "LoveYourNeighbor", but "TheCapitalist". That tells me a bit about where your priorities really lie, and how you choose to justify them. From now on I dub you "Elmer Gantry". Good night, Elmer.

    June 24, 2012 at 12:22 am |
  10. howart Dao

    So great that as an atheist, she has complete freedom of choice to convert to Cath. Now that she has converted, will she has the freedom to de-convert 🙂

    June 24, 2012 at 12:08 am |
  11. Stu

    It looks like she has finally figured out how to boost her popularity. Pretending to be a Christian is the way to acceptance. Just ask all the "Christian" congressmen.

    June 24, 2012 at 12:04 am |
    • What???

      In 100 years tell us how that atheistic stuff works out for you?

      June 24, 2012 at 12:12 am |
    • Sue

      What???
      In 100 years atheism will probably outshine Christianity, the way it's growing.

      June 24, 2012 at 12:52 am |
    • Karen

      IT will out shine it in 50 years.
      The older generation has not had an original thought in decades
      The youth will change the landscape.

      You are only the religion of your birth place. What your parents had from where they were born most of the time.

      June 24, 2012 at 1:00 am |
  12. Mei

    To Leah, Do not be discouraged by those who hate the Church. Most of those who say mean things are not Catholic and don't know anything about Catholicism. I came into the Church by reading St. Augustine (Confessions) and about the heroics of St. Joan of Arc, St. Catherine of Siena and another female Doctor of the Church, St. Teresa of Avila. I recommend the beautiful Divine Mercy devotion and if you ever have a chance, go to the Divine Mercy Shrine in Stockbridge, MA. There God gives many many graces. 🙂

    June 23, 2012 at 11:50 pm |
    • Peteyroo

      Mei Fadza, please get help. You have obviously suffered severe brain damage.

      June 24, 2012 at 1:03 am |
  13. Mei

    I'm a convert to the Catholic Church myself. I came into the Church at 15 years old. I remember asking God one night for the Truth, because I was very confused over things in my life and what I should do. I found myself drawn to the Catholic Church, specifically the saints and started reading some of their stories. Their love for God was so profound, I wanted to be like that. So reading this article was uplifting, as I know much of the world today is very much against God and against Faith in general, but He continues to touch hearts. One only must be open to the Truth and He will give it to you.

    June 23, 2012 at 11:48 pm |
    • Bishop Barry

      When you say "He will give it to you," was that Father Biggus or Father Naughtius?

      June 23, 2012 at 11:53 pm |
    • Attila the nun

      Or was it Father Ben Dover?

      June 24, 2012 at 2:12 am |
  14. pplr

    I hope she is happy and I recommend she choose her parish and priest well-maybe carefully.

    Some parishes have great priests when it comes to welcoming people with distinct own opinions and sometimes other parishes don't. Look around and find a good one-they are out there.

    June 23, 2012 at 11:41 pm |
    • I really wonder

      She is a bisexual gay-rights activist who is strongly in favor of contraception and religious freedom. What Catholic parish and priest do you recommend who will respect those things?

      June 23, 2012 at 11:50 pm |
  15. bubbles

    atheist leaves cult of atheism,cult members become angry,cult members not happy and make fun of ex-atheist cult member

    June 23, 2012 at 11:35 pm |
    • Righteo

      Cult: a particular system of religious worship, especially with reference to its rites and ceremonies.

      No religious worship, no rites, no ritual, no system. Atheism cannot be a cult. But thanks for playing.

      You must be very blissful, because you sure are ignorant.

      June 23, 2012 at 11:47 pm |
    • Feedthemtothelions

      She was not an atheist.

      June 23, 2012 at 11:51 pm |
    • bubbles

      atheism is worship of myself more like you are a god.By definition it is a cult.

      Tell me how many atheistic groups get together just to hate on Christianity? Like "Reason Rally"?

      lots.So its a cult.

      June 23, 2012 at 11:56 pm |
    • bubbles

      •oneself

      June 23, 2012 at 11:58 pm |
    • OTOH

      bubbles:
      "atheism is worship of myself more like you are a god"

      Maybe that's how YOU would behave without your fantasy... not so for non-worshippers.

      June 24, 2012 at 12:01 am |
  16. Maj. Set B. Ack

    There should be an uproar!

    June 23, 2012 at 11:10 pm |
    • Tarzan

      Tarzan like roar.

      June 23, 2012 at 11:12 pm |
    • Chetah

      Tarzan small penis.

      June 23, 2012 at 11:15 pm |
    • Jane

      So TRUE!lol!

      June 23, 2012 at 11:19 pm |
    • Tarzan

      Jane been with zebra.

      June 24, 2012 at 3:03 am |
  17. Colin

    A few questions should help shed light on the relationship between religion and rational thought.

    The completely absurd theory that all 7,000,000,000 human beings are simultaneously being supervised 24 hours a day, every day of their lives by an immortal, invisible being for the purposes of reward or punishment in the “afterlife” comes from the field of:

    (a) Children’s fairytales;

    (b) Medieval mythology;

    (c) New age pseudo science; or

    (d) Christianity

    You are about 70% likely to believe the entire Universe began less than 10,000 years ago with only one man, one woman and a talking snake if you are a:

    (a) historian;

    (b) geologist;

    (c) NASA astronomer; or

    (d) Christian

    I honestly believe that, when I think silent thoughts like, “please god, help me pass my exam tomorrow,” some invisible being is reading my mind and will intervene and alter what would otherwise be the course of history in small ways to help me. I am

    (a) a delusional schizophrenic;

    (b) a naïve child, too young to know that that is silly

    (c) an ignorant farmer from Sudan who never had the benefit of even a fifth grade education; or

    (d) your average Christian

    I have convinced myself that gay $ex is a choice and not genetic, but then have no explanation as to why only gay people have ho.mo$exual urges. I am

    (a) A gifted psychologist

    (b) A well respected geneticist

    (c) A highly educated sociologist

    (d) A Christian with the remarkable ability to ignore inconvenient facts.

    Millions and millions of Catholics believe that bread and wine turns into the actual flesh and blood of a dead Jew from 2,000 years ago because:

    (a) there are obvious visible changes in the condiments after the Catholic priest does his hocus pocus;

    (b) tests have confirmed a divine presence in the bread and wine;

    (c) now and then their god shows up and confirms this story; or

    (d) their religious convictions tell them to blindly accept this completely fvcking absurd nonsense.

    I believe that an all powerful being, capable of creating the entire cosmos watches me have $ex to make sure I don't do anything "naughty". I am

    (a) A victim of child molestation

    (b) A r.ape victim trying to recover

    (c) A mental patient with paranoid delusions

    (d) A Christian

    The only discipline known to often cause people to kill others they have never met and/or to commit suicide in its furtherance is:

    (a) Architecture;

    (b) Philosophy;

    (c) Archeology; or

    (d) Religion

    What is it that most differentiates science and all other intellectual disciplines from religion:

    (a) Religion tells people not only what they should believe, but what they are morally obliged to believe on pain of divine retribution, whereas science, economics, medicine etc. has no “sacred cows” in terms of doctrine and go where the evidence leads them;

    (b) Religion can make a statement, such as “there is a composite god comprised of God the Father, Jesus and the Holy Spirit”, and be totally immune from experimentation and challenge, whereas science can only make factual assertions when supported by considerable evidence;

    (c) Science and the scientific method is universal and consistent all over the World whereas religion is regional and a person’s religious conviction, no matter how deeply held, is clearly nothing more than an accident of birth; or

    (d) All of the above.

    If I am found wandering the streets flagellating myself, wading into a filth river, mutilating my child’s genitals or kneeling down in a church believing that a being is somehow reading my inner thoughts and prayers, I am likely driven by:

    (a) a deep psychiatric issue;

    (b) an irrational fear or phobia;

    (c) a severe mental degeneration caused by years of drug abuse; or

    (d) my religious belief.

    Who am I? I don’t pay any taxes. I never have. Any money my organization earns is tax free and my own salary is also tax free, at the federal, state and local level. Despite contributing nothing to society, but still enjoying all its benefits, I feel I have the right to tell others what to do. I am

    (a) A sleazy Wall Street banker

    (b) A mafia boss

    (c) A drug pusher; or

    (d) A Catholic Priest, Protestant Minister or Jewish Rabbi.

    What do the following authors all have in common – Jean Paul Sartre, Voltaire, Denis Diderot, Victor Hugo, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Immanuel Kant, David Hume, René Descartes, Francis Bacon, John Milton, John Locke, and Blaise Pascal:

    (a) They are among the most gifted writers the World has known;

    (b) They concentrated on opposing dogma and opening the human mind and spirit to the wonders of free thought and intellectual freedom;

    (c) They were intimidated by the Catholic Church and put on the Church’s list of prohibited authors; or

    (d) All of the above.

    The AIDS epidemic will kill tens of millions in poor African and South American countries before we defeat it. Condoms are an effective way to curtail its spread. As the Pope still has significant influence over the less educated masses in these parts of the World, he has exercised this power by:

    (a) Using some of the Vatican’s incomprehensible wealth to educate these vulnerable people on health family planning and condom use;

    (b) Supporting government programs that distribute condoms to high risk groups;

    (c) Using its myriad of churches in these regions to distribute condoms; or

    (d) Scaring people into NOT using condoms, based upon his disdainful and aloof view that it is better that a person die than go against the Vatican’s position on contraceptive use.

    June 23, 2012 at 11:07 pm |
    • Coffee and Pasta

      Slurrpp!!! Yum! Yum! Yum!

      June 23, 2012 at 11:12 pm |
    • Reality

      Colin...You are nothing, but a second-rate, trying hard, COPY PASTE!

      June 23, 2012 at 11:17 pm |
    • Robert

      Such a long rant is not appropriate for this venue. Now how about giving us something in your own words, rather than showing us how you learned to COPY/PASTE in Kindergarten?

      June 23, 2012 at 11:46 pm |
    • Reality

      Not from the original Reality.

      June 24, 2012 at 12:29 am |
    • randomguy

      I'm not going to read this gigantic copy & paste job.

      June 24, 2012 at 12:40 am |
    • Andacar

      At least your name tells me where all that came from...

      June 24, 2012 at 1:02 am |
    • Nii

      REALITY
      Don't worry the Christians know you are COLIN too! How do we know??? Oh it comes from reading the Bible! Its called wisdom!

      June 24, 2012 at 2:13 am |
    • Mirosal

      Just because you think reading the bible gves you wisdom, doesn't mean it does. If that's the ONLY book you've ever really read, then it makes you ignorant. Read Mother Goose and Aesop also. Those stories fall into the same category as your bible.

      June 24, 2012 at 2:19 am |
    • Nii

      DANA
      My "imaginary sky" friend does not need you to have a moral compass alone. He needs u to follow it. if u love your neighbor as yourself well thats all He requires! I guess if I love u as myself n He doesnt exist I still made a positive difference in yo life. If He exists He will be very happy.

      June 24, 2012 at 9:31 am |
    • Nii

      The article states clearly that "She did not find.." The main thing about spirituality is that unlike religion it is an individual quest. Besides no one is "perfectly moral"-Atheist, Christian or otherwise!

      June 24, 2012 at 10:28 am |
  18. Good for her

    Atheist's moral compass is broken.

    June 23, 2012 at 11:06 pm |
    • A.A.

      Right...

      Not all of hate people who are religious nor do we care what other people choose to believe in. Morals are subjective and have been around for a very, very long time. You don't need to believe in a deity to have good morals. I learned mine from my parents and other adults.

      June 23, 2012 at 11:38 pm |
    • Righteo

      That's why we have significantly less major crime, very few in prison, are the most strongly opposed to war and torture, have amongst the lowest divorce rates, higher rates of education and prosperity.

      Yeah. Broken moral compass. Which makes us behave better. Speaks very poorly of your "working" moral compass.

      Darn those studies! Must be the evil of science again.

      June 23, 2012 at 11:43 pm |
    • OTOH

      Believer's reality compass is broken.

      June 23, 2012 at 11:46 pm |
    • Robert

      How can an Atheist EVER have an absolute moral compass? It will ALWAYS be subject to modification with every wind of fad, fancy or what's currently politically correct. What was absolute for an Atheist 100 years ago is not what is absolute for them now. And what is absolute for them now will NOT be what is absolute for them 100 years from now.

      June 23, 2012 at 11:50 pm |
    • Cq

      Good for her
      Actual compasses are pretty good at giving you direction, as long as you realize that the north magnetic pole shifts quite often. Relying on old maps and where the pole use to be long ago will only set you off course. Same for "moral compasses", if you set them by ancient morals, where morals use to be long ago, it will only get you off course today. We atheists understand the need to set our compasses to where morality is today, which is how we get to the right place morally.

      June 24, 2012 at 1:01 am |
    • Cq

      Robert
      Why does a moral compass need to be absolute? Obviously, Christians don't believe this or they would be following the Mosaic Law of the Old Testament, right? They adopted a more modern moral compass to fit their needs, and subsequent generations of Christians have allowed themselves to follow the wind as well. Burning suspected witches was once the moral thing to do, but not any more. Owning slaves was once quite acceptable for Christians, but not any more. What was once expected of Christian women has changed with the wind too. You may think that your moral compass is set in stone, but it has evolved with the ever-changing att.itudes of society. See, we're more alike than you thought! 🙂

      June 24, 2012 at 1:30 am |
  19. Cam

    LOL -religious themed article-
    "Let me shove my religion down your throat!"
    "I want to sound like an atheist intellectual to counter him"
    people have opinions, grow up everyone.

    June 23, 2012 at 11:00 pm |
  20. joseph

    Evolution is a bankrupt theory whose time is just about up. Can you think of any other man-made invention with so many holes that still managed to gain such acceptance by the masses. It seems people will believe anything so long as it helps settle an unsettling reality in their minds (If evolution is not true, the only plausible explanation for man's origin is a Creator). The priests and priestesses of evolution say in their hearts, 'evolution must be true for if it is not, woe are we who have dedicated our lives to the systematic attack on the One truly responsible for man's origin and for inventing lies and assigning false credit for our own intellectual glory.

    June 23, 2012 at 10:49 pm |
    • Colin

      Hey Joseph, what is oil?

      June 23, 2012 at 10:55 pm |
    • HotAirAce

      Religion is the perfect answer to your question about man-made invention with holes.

      June 23, 2012 at 10:59 pm |
    • Really

      So everything in the Bible is true...wow. i never knew. Thanks. I was really having a problem with the talking donkey and the talking baby parts, but after reading your post...

      June 23, 2012 at 11:06 pm |
    • josephus

      And Medical science – totally bankrupt, so many holes in it, so widely accepted by fools. The priests of Medical Science have declared their war on The Lord, and woe to them.

      But we, chosen and pure, will reject this dark "science" of Satan. Prayer will save us. Prayer works. Let the Lord take you to a better place if it is your time.

      June 23, 2012 at 11:39 pm |
    • Bobs

      According to the Bible, Pi equals 3!

      23 Now he made the sea of cast metal ten cubits from brim to brim, circular in form, and its height was five cubits, and thirty cubits in circu.mference. 24 Under its brim gourds went around encircling it ten to a cubit, completely surrounding the sea; the gourds were in two rows, cast with the rest. 25 It stood on twelve oxen, three facing north, three facing west, three facing south, and three facing east; and the sea was set on top of them, and all their rear parts turned inward. 26 It was a handbreadth thick, and its brim was made like the brim of a cup, as a lily blossom; it could hold two thousand baths.
      I Kings 7:23-26

      June 24, 2012 at 1:13 am |
    • Cq

      What "holes" do you imagine the theory of evolution has?

      How can you tell which of the dozens of proposed creator gods supposedly made the universe when each of them has exactly the same amount of evidence going for them, namely ... zero?

      June 24, 2012 at 1:35 am |
    • Darwin's theory of evilution was just a by-product of his massive and persistent LBM

      Fossils don't prove anything than life million years ago. Absolutely, it has nothing to do with how we got here on earth until Darwin's visit to the local zoo and fell in love with the urang-utan at first sight. And militant atheists in science who would buy any crap just to nullify God, used their tale of true love to further their own agenda.

      June 24, 2012 at 2:00 am |
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