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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. jrg

    On CNN when asked how this came about she says:
    http://www.cnn.com/video/?hpt=hp_c2#/video/bestoftv/2012/06/24/intv-atheist-catholic.cnn

    "Its like with any scientific theory that it [Catholicism] had more explanatory power to explain something I was really sure of. I am very sure that morality is objective, human independent, something we uncover like archeologists not something we build like architects."

    Of course science seeks to explain what we observe not what we assert, that's religion's gig. She didn't really convert the way she thinks about the world, that was clearly already in a religions mode just without a particular cast of characters that she has now adopted. All the while claiming her process was "like with any scientific theory".

    She of course has the right like anyone (at least in the US) to hold any world view she wants, lets just not confuse her process here with science.

    June 25, 2012 at 1:07 am |
  2. Kindness

    This is my experience... Thank you.

    MY personal testimony.
    A thought to consider without an ego response

    Accept Jesus christ as your lord and saviour. You never know how soon is too late. Transcend the worldly illusion of enslavement.
    The world denounces truth....

    Accepting Jesus Christ (for me) resulted in something like seeng a new colour. You will see it .....but will not be able to clearly explain it to anyone else..... Its meant to be that way to transend any selfism within you.

    Also... much the world arranges "surrounding dark matter into something to be debated" in such a way that protects/inflates the ego.

    The key is be present and transcend our own desire to physically see evidence. We don't know anyways by defending our own perception of dark matter.

    Currently.... most of us are constructing our own path that suits our sin lifestyle. Were all sinners. Knowing that we are is often an issue. But both christians and non are sinners.

    We don't like to Let go and let god. We want control to some degree. This is what Jesus asks us to do. "Follow me".
    It's the hardest thing to do... but is done by letting the truth of scripture lead you (redemptive revelation)... as I said .

    Try reading corinthians and see if it makes sense to you. Try it without a pre conceived notion of it being a fairy tale.
    See the truth...
    do we do what it says in todays society... is it relevant... so many have not recently read and only hinge their philosophy on what they have heard from som other person...which may have been full of arogance pride or vanity..

    Look closely at the economy ponzi, look at how society idolizes Lust , greed , envy, sloth, pride of life, desire for knowledge, desire for power, desire for revencge,gluttony with food etc .

    Trancsend the temporal world.

    Just think if you can find any truth you can take with you ....in any of these things. When you die your riches go to someone who will spend away your life..... You will be forgotten.... history will repeat iteslf.... the greatest minds knowledge fade or are eventually plagerzed..... your good deeds will be forgotten and only give you a fleeting temporary reward . your learned teachings are forgotten or mutated..... your gold is transfered back to the rullers that rule you through deception. Your grave will grow over . This is truth .

    Trancsend your egoism and free yourself from this dominion of satan. Understand you are a sinner and part of the collective problem of this worldly matrix... Repent.... Repent means knowing (to change) The Holy spirit (within) will convict you beyond what you think you can do by yourself. Grace is given to those who renounce the world. That are" in" the world but not "of " the world.

    Evidence follows faith. Faith does not follow evidence..... Faith above reason in Jesus Christ.

    Faith comes by Reading or Hearing the word of god from the bible . Ask Jesus in faith for dicernment and start reading the new testament... You will be shocked when you lay down your preconceived notions and ....see and hear truth ... see how christ sets an example ... feel the truth....

    Read Ecclesiastes. Read corinthians.

    You cant trancend your own egoism by adapting a world philosophy to suit your needs. Seek the truth in Christ.

    Sell all your cleverness and purchase true bewilderment. You don't get what you want ....you get what you are in christ.

    I promise this has been the truth for me. In Jesus christ .

    Think of what you really have to lose. ...your ego?

    Break the Matrix of illusion that holds your senses captive.

    once you do . you too will have the wisdom of God that comes only through the Holy Spirit. Saved By grace through Faith. Just like seeing a new colour.... can't explain it to a transient caught in the matrix of worldly deception.
    You will also see how the world suppresses this information and distorts it

    You're all smart people . I tell the truth. Its hard to think out of the box when earthly thinking is the box.
    I'ts a personal free experience you can do it free anytime . Don't wait till you are about to die.. START PUTTING YOUR TREASURES WHERE THEY REALLY MATTER >
    Its awsome and It's just between you and Jesus

    my testimony

    Romans 10:9

    "If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved

    June 25, 2012 at 1:04 am |
    • Wow! It's Christian Whack-a-doodle Rude-a-palooza today!

      When you tell people your experiences, you might want to include some experiences.

      June 25, 2012 at 1:06 am |
  3. billdeacons

    And once again, the atheist side degenerates into derision, sarcasm and self congratulation

    June 25, 2012 at 1:01 am |
    • Mirror Mirror

      Thanks for that deirision

      June 25, 2012 at 1:07 am |
    • HotAirAce

      And yet again, believers make assertions they cannot back up! As a wise man said in a video posted on this blog (not sure which article) faith is pretending to know what you do not know.

      June 25, 2012 at 1:13 am |
  4. Why

    The screams from hell bit was really funny. When you catch someone out like that and destroy their credibility it's almost painful to watch. Almost.

    June 25, 2012 at 12:47 am |
    • TheCapitalist

      Screams from hell is no joking matter.

      "Strive to enter in at the narrow gate"...
      Jesus: "I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life."

      June 25, 2012 at 12:52 am |
    • Why

      But being caught believing a lie is pretty damned funny. And, like, ironically metaphorical in your case.

      "Break on through to the other side"
      Ash: "Shop smart. Shop S-Mart."

      June 25, 2012 at 12:57 am |
    • Lindsay Lohan and her Dancing Chickens ! ! !

      He actually does believe that Russian miner screams from hell thing. Posted it a couple times.

      As it turns out, that hoax has flown around the internet for at least 5 years. Here is the wikipedia write-up of it:

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Well_to_Hell_hoax

      Not that anyone with an IQ higher than Gump needs to find out that it was a hoax.

      June 25, 2012 at 12:59 am |
    • TheCapitalist

      Why...

      Being caught believing a lie is NOT funny... because it leads to hell...

      June 25, 2012 at 1:00 am |
    • Cq

      TheCapitalist
      You cannot know God's mind, yes? So, as a believer in hell you ought to be at least a little worried that you might fall short and end up there yourself, right? Aren't you the least bit worried that your hostile att.itude here will be judged "non-Christian" and you will end up getting clam-baked instead of us? The road to hell is paved with good intentions, after all. Maybe you're falling into Satan's trap by losing your cool and insulting people here. What do you think?

      June 25, 2012 at 1:00 am |
    • Cq

      TheCapitalist
      As I stated a few pages back, creationists lie all the time about evolution, and I don't think they could have been so thorough with their misrepresentation of evolution unless they had the correct understanding of the theory from which to work with. Are they going to hell and dragging many believers along with them just because they accepted creationist ideas without bothering to check first if they were true?

      June 25, 2012 at 1:06 am |
    • Why

      Wow. A self-admission that the big C (not that one) is due for a one-way trip down Route 666. My work is done here; off to check the box scores!

      June 25, 2012 at 1:15 am |
  5. Houston, we have a problem

    I'm thinking she might have gotten all carried away with a tangle of high-sounding ideas and kinda lost track of some slight little eensy-weensy tiny problems she is going to run into:

    She is a feminist. Kinda slightly not within the Catholic concept of Moral Law

    She is bisexual. Kinda slightly not within the Catholic concept of Moral Law

    She is an enthusiastic gay rights activist. Kinda slightly not within the Catholic concept of Moral Law

    She is strongly in favor of birth control. Kinda slightly not within the Catholic concept of Moral Law

    She is in favor of religious freedom. Kinda slightly not within the Catholic concept of Moral Law

    She believes that Catholics will welcome and accept her bisexuality and other beliefs without trying to scrub them out – did not do her research on that one.

    She thinks that the facts are on the side of the Catholic Church. She apparently was sick the day the professor explained what a fact is.

    She thinks that the Catholic Church will welcome calls for evidence and critical thinking. Did not do her research on that one.

    She believes that the best path to morality is the Catholic Church. Really really REALLY did not do her research on that one!

    June 25, 2012 at 12:47 am |
  6. muhron

    Morality "is external to us"? What is that supposed to mean? How does she think she can have a "moral compass" if that is the case? Does she think that a supreme being created humans lacking in morals? On the contrary, making moral decisions is, or should be, part of the deepest fabric of our being.

    June 25, 2012 at 12:40 am |
  7. brownsalwaysrebuilding

    I think I can speak for many atheists that post in atheist groups on the internet and WE'VE NEVER HEARD OF HER. She is not a
    "prominent" atheist blogger. She's just one atheist that is catholic now as opposed to the thousands of catholics turning atheist.

    June 25, 2012 at 12:38 am |
    • GodFreeNow

      I was also going to say that I've never heard of her.

      June 25, 2012 at 12:58 am |
  8. Voice of Reason

    What is obvious to the eye or mind is evidence. Proof is evidence helping to establish a fact or truth of a statement. Truth is in accordance with fact or reality. Reality is the world or the state of things as they actually exist. Empirical truth is based on observation.

    TheCapitalist fails everyone of these statements. His rhetoric is just that, pure rhetoric minus substance.

    June 25, 2012 at 12:32 am |
    • TheCapitalist

      Voice of Reason...

      Such a "rational", scientific process would demand a fair hearing of both sides of any point of view... but to only consider one side and block out the other is foolish...

      "He that answers a matter before he hears it, it is folly and shame unto him"

      "He who is first in his cause seems right, until his adversary comes and searches him."

      June 25, 2012 at 12:56 am |
    • HotAirAce

      Scientists don't consult astrologers and there's no reason for them to consult believers. The scientific method is perfectly adequate to give matters a fair and transparent hearing. Scientists should no have to worry about what t,he men in funny hats and dresses think.

      June 25, 2012 at 1:03 am |
  9. vincent

    So what? Compared to the number of people leaving Christianity, this is nothing. Just an idiot, a loser to logic.

    As science gets more advanced, we know more about our existence. God's creation of the earth, Adam and Eve and the Great Flood become comical.

    June 25, 2012 at 12:23 am |
  10. The Bird Is The Word

    There once was a jealous old god
    Who gave Joe's wife Mary a prod
    For she was so sultry
    He practiced adultery
    While Joe was asleep, the poor sod.

    June 25, 2012 at 12:22 am |
    • vincent

      hahahha awesome!

      June 25, 2012 at 12:25 am |
    • The Bird Is The Word

      @Vincent: Thank you! Thank you very much! You're a great crowd! Thank you!

      June 25, 2012 at 12:27 am |
  11. Lindsay Lohan and her Dancing Chickens ! ! !

    Can you imagine TheCapitalist on a date? Some poor girl . . . or sheep . . . has to listen to him rant and spew, eyes bulging, talking non-stop, adamantly raging on about how Russian miners have heard the screams of hell and how some ancient vanished superrace made the pyramids and modern man couldn't which means evolution is wrong . . . she'd be wondering if she should just run for it, or does he have a big kitchen knife on him ready to use if she does . . . there she sits, with that "please-don't-stab-me-repeatedly smile on he fear-petrified face . . .

    But of course, never been a date for Cappy. At Senior Prom a few months ago he got that sad last-minute phone call from Edna Pimple, saying she had come down with a bad case of bubonic plague and could not go with him like her mother pushed her into. Cappy wonders why all of his dates end before they start with that terrible plague phone call, then he goes upstair and closes the door and reads reads reads about all the delightsome Christian wonderments of Sky Buddy Jesus, and he vows to fight Satan . . . but Satan seems to have an unlisted number, so he decides atheists are Satan, and his day is good again.

    Then he takes his lithium and his anti-psychotics and his anti-depressants and his tranquilizers, and he goes to bed.

    But he can't sleep. He never sleeps. The tiny Russian miners in his head keep letting hear the screams of hell.

    June 25, 2012 at 12:01 am |
    • TheCapitalist

      LOL... all up on your brain.

      June 25, 2012 at 12:03 am |
    • Bob

      All up on your brain . . . uh, would you like to translate that into English for us?

      June 25, 2012 at 12:10 am |
    • TheCapitalist

      Bob...

      Translation:
      I seem to be very much on the mind of this troller, who has made many different screen names and many comments centered and focused around me.

      But the focus should be on Jesus...

      June 25, 2012 at 12:24 am |
  12. Jesus forever

    Hopefully she will make more atheists convert!! Thanks CNN .. I start to love you more!

    June 25, 2012 at 12:01 am |
    • Just Claims, No Truth

      Well I am sure she had a good reason......oh her boyfriend is catholic?......never mind.

      June 25, 2012 at 12:17 am |
    • Dumb

      This is obviously a PR stunt, this has been done before, she is saying this to promote her blog, you'll see she will deconvert again back to atheism.

      June 25, 2012 at 12:46 am |
  13. TheCapitalist

    Shut up!

    June 24, 2012 at 11:53 pm |
    • TheCapitalist

      No, you shut up!

      June 24, 2012 at 11:54 pm |
    • TheCapitalist

      I'm the real Capitalist

      June 24, 2012 at 11:54 pm |
    • TheCapitalist

      No, you're not – I am

      June 24, 2012 at 11:55 pm |
    • TheCapitalist

      You have no credibility

      June 24, 2012 at 11:55 pm |
    • TheCapitalist

      Why don't we both just STFU? Agreed?

      June 24, 2012 at 11:57 pm |
    • TheCapitalist

      Agreed – we really are wacko – I hoe that readers understand that. Credibility – zero!

      June 24, 2012 at 11:58 pm |
    • TheCapitalist

      Hey, I haven't been TheCapitalist yet! It's my turn!

      June 25, 2012 at 12:03 am |
  14. Reality

    Leah, Leah, Leah,

    Put the "google” on all religions:

    • 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 11:48 pm |
    • TheCapitalist

      LOL... you worship the almighty Google

      June 24, 2012 at 11:49 pm |
    • Really

      You worship Google

      You worship antient literature. At least Google is more accurate and less immoral.

      June 24, 2012 at 11:54 pm |
    • Cq

      Really
      Hmmm... I think you may be onto something there. Guys like TheCapitalist do seem to be worshipping the Bible.

      June 25, 2012 at 12:50 am |
  15. TheCapitalist

    Oh, I've got a lovely bunch of jesus nuts
    There they are all preaching in a row
    Big ones, small ones, some of them dense as lead
    Give 'em a twist
    But they'll get real p-iss'd
    Why you point out their god is dead

    June 24, 2012 at 11:47 pm |
  16. Another ex atheist

    Yay finally the religious cult of atheism will soon die forever 🙂

    June 24, 2012 at 11:45 pm |
    • tallulah13

      Sigh. Why is it so difficult for some people to grasp that atheism is simply the lack of belief in any god? I guess some people can't wrap their mind around the fact that there are individuals in the world who are capable of making decisions based on personal inquiry rather than having their behavior dictated by group mentality.

      June 24, 2012 at 11:50 pm |
    • TheCapitalist

      Why? Because we're narrow-minded idiots?

      June 24, 2012 at 11:59 pm |
    • TheCapitalist

      tallullah...

      It seems that your own atheist brethren can;t seem to grasp it either, as they have claimed to "worship the god of reason", and have demanded tax-exempt status, and are demanding that atheist "deacons" frequent military chapels...

      June 25, 2012 at 12:00 am |
    • tallulah13

      Perhaps there are some atheists who would combine forces in order to counteract the might-makes-right mentality of the church, but frankly, the "worship the god of reason" is simply rhetoric, not a belief that such a god is real. I believe you knew that already, but you are simply being obtuse.

      As far as tax exempt status, why shouldn't an atheist organization get the same perks as a religious organization? Better still, remove the tax exempt status of religious organizations instead. Keep the exemptions for the genuinely charitable functions, as with secular charities, but remove the favored status from those organizations that merely collect wealth in the name of a god they can't even prove exists.

      June 25, 2012 at 12:19 am |
    • HotAirAce

      I've always wondered why some theists seem hell bent on labeling atheism as a religion or a cult.

      No matter what atheism is, it doesn't change religion. Theists call atheism and atheists anything they like but it will not change the dominant fact of theism – that there is not a shred of verifiable, factual, independent, objective evidence for any god or religion.

      June 25, 2012 at 12:28 am |
    • TheCapitalist

      tallulah...

      According to your own logic, "gods" are "not real"... they are inanimate objects, or "imaginations of the mind". So... a "god" can be a pack of cigarettes to someone. And yes, "reason" can be a false god to an atheist.

      June 25, 2012 at 12:38 am |
    • HotAirAce

      What kind of intellectual giant would equate inanimate objects and imaginations of the mind?

      June 25, 2012 at 12:52 am |
    • TheCapitalist

      HotAirAce...

      I'm not equating "inanimate objects with imaginations of the mind"...

      I'm equating both of them with "gods"...

      June 25, 2012 at 1:25 am |
    • tallulah13

      Again, cappy, you are being obtuse. Or perhaps you really are as ignorant as you seem. "Worshiping the god of reason" is a figure of speech implying that logic and fact are the standards by which an individual forms opinions. There is no literal worshiping, nor is there any god. It is simply a rhetorical device.

      Perhaps you simply can't understand, or don't want to understand, because your world view is so entrenched in belief of the supernatural.

      June 25, 2012 at 1:26 am |
    • TheCapitalist

      Tallulah…

      You are associating “worship” with your own notion perhaps of “paying obeisance in a fetal position” or some such thing… but as the Bible affirms… worship is where our heart is. We “worship” in the way that we live our daily lives… not because of attending a church service each week. Wherever your heart is, whatever you construct your life around… that is what you worship…

      June 25, 2012 at 1:47 am |
    • tallulah13

      Cap.
      Again, that is your personal belief. I don't agree. Reason, fact and logic are tools, not gods. I don't worship them. I use them.

      June 25, 2012 at 1:57 am |
  17. pogonip

    You could read the Gospel According to Nostradamus, which is about as accurate. Or I could just tell you that you'll meet a dark stranger, and that you'll take a journey over water.

    June 24, 2012 at 11:43 pm |
    • Deja vu

      "I've addressed the "self-fulfilling prophecy fallacy" and will gladly do so again..."

      No, you didn't. You are a legend in your own mind.

      June 24, 2012 at 11:50 pm |
    • Deja vu

      wrong spot... sorry.

      June 24, 2012 at 11:50 pm |
  18. TheCapitalist

    Proof that corroborates the divine nature of the Bible...

    1. Prophecies that have been exactly fulfilled, and which cannot be explained away. The fall of Jerusalem, the scattering of the Jews, the reformation of the nation of Israel in 1948, the kingdom of Solomon, the Babylonian exile, the rebuilding of Jerusalem, another destruction of Jerusalem in 90AD... oh yeah... and over 300 prophecies PRECISELY fulfilled by the life of Jesus.

    The Bible has a 100% record of accuracy... you cannot explain these away...

    I've addressed the "self-fulfilling prophecy fallacy" and will gladly do so again...

    June 24, 2012 at 11:42 pm |
    • TheCapitalist

      2. The eye-witness accounts of Jesus' miracles, His resurrection, and ascension. HUNDREDS of people WITNESSED it, and not only spread the word, but also wrote of it. Contrary to those who would assert "game of telephone" inaccuracies... historical writings passed down through the years have proven to be incredibly accurate and well-preserved. There is more detail here, as well, and would be happy to address it...

      June 24, 2012 at 11:48 pm |
    • TheCapitalist

      I'm sorry – some wacko troll, stealing my ID – please ignore the man behind the curtain and ignore his post

      June 24, 2012 at 11:48 pm |
    • Really

      It's easy to write prophecy after the fact and claim that it was written decades or centuries earlier. When people wised up they decided to throw in Revelations for the fear factor. Believe it or not, it is still effective today.

      June 24, 2012 at 11:50 pm |
    • TheCapitalist

      3. i made a number 2 in my pants, and sat in it for a while, and then when i took my fundie undies off, it looked just like jesus. well, if jesus was having bad day.

      June 24, 2012 at 11:52 pm |
    • Deja vu

      "I've addressed the "self-fulfilling prophecy fallacy" and will gladly do so again..."

      No, you did not. You are a legend in your own mind.

      June 24, 2012 at 11:52 pm |
    • Colin

      oh bullsh.it. The so called prophesies of the Bible are even more ridiculous than those of Nostradamus. Simple to prove me wrong though, qoute one.

      June 24, 2012 at 11:53 pm |
    • HotAirAce

      I challenge you to egineer and construct anything that relies on the value of PI using the biblical value.

      June 24, 2012 at 11:55 pm |
    • TheCapitalist

      Really, DejaVu...

      With regards to the "self-fulfilling prophecy fallacy"... for you to claim it, would be to imply that the Jews destroyed their own nation so as to fulfill the prophecy, spread out among all nations, and maintained a conspiracy for thousands of years to come back and pinpoint 1948 as the year to reform Israel.

      Furthermore... you would also be arguing that Jesus died on purpose, which... I actually agree with. So... why would He "die on purpose to fulfill the prophecy" unless He's God??

      June 24, 2012 at 11:55 pm |
    • HotAirAce

      CapAss, it is extremely unfortunate that you don't understand simple concepts like making claims and providing proof. The two are not the same as you seem to think. You have made many claims. You have not provided independent, verifiable, factual, objective evidence for any of your claims. It appears that you believe The Babble is the best evidence for your claims, which originate in The Babble. That's circular logic – not evidence.

      So far, you are batting zero, just like every other believer – you have not proven anything other than that you are probably delusional.

      June 25, 2012 at 12:03 am |
    • TheCapitalist

      HotAirAce...

      C'mon now... you just ignored by entire post to call me names...

      C'mon now... are you claiming that the Jews sabotaged their own nation? Are you claiming that Jesus died on purpose?

      June 25, 2012 at 12:09 am |
    • Really

      So... why would He "die on purpose to fulfill the prophecy" unless He's God??

      The Jesus story was written 35-70 years after he died. How difficult could it be to write a story that jives with an ealier prophecy.

      June 25, 2012 at 12:10 am |
    • HotAirAce

      I make no such claims – those are your straw men.

      I believe that sh!t happened and that it had nothing to do with any gods 'cause no one has proven there are any gods.

      June 25, 2012 at 12:14 am |
    • Colin

      That is also why they had to put his birthplace in Bethleham. The Jews believed the Messiah would come from Bethleham. Alas, Christ was born in Nazerath, so the authors of Luke and Matthew (the only two authors who discuss his birth) had to think of a lie to put his there. Matthew came up with the census, and Luke the whole Egypt thing.

      Obvious mythology.

      June 25, 2012 at 12:15 am |
    • Really

      Perhaps in another 20 years we will have new scripture about David Koresh being the son of God and how his mom was impregnated by an invisible god that was really him.

      June 25, 2012 at 12:18 am |
    • Colin is an atheist poo-poo-head

      I will give you a prophecy that has undeniably been fulfilled, you malorodant atheist yeasty codpiece. It was prophesized that Jesus would return, and he did. He returned last Thursday and mowed the lawn. Did a lousy job, left lots of lawn mohawks all over the grass where he missed.

      June 25, 2012 at 12:27 am |
    • TheCapitalist

      Really…
      If the “Jesus story was written 35-70 years after He died”, then how was it that the Christian religion had already spread throughout Asia, Europe, and Africa, by that time? How could people call themselves “Christians” at Antioch within a few years of Jesus’ death/resurrection if the “Jesus story” had not yet been “made up”?

      June 25, 2012 at 12:36 am |
    • HotAirAce

      "Word of mouth" – the most effective form of marketing, with the fantastic attribute that nothing is written down so the story can morph without reference to contemporary records.

      June 25, 2012 at 12:40 am |
    • Really

      how was it that the Christian religion had already spread throughout Asia, Europe, and Africa, by that time?

      Source?

      June 25, 2012 at 12:55 am |
    • Really

      I'll save you the trouble, there isn't one.

      June 25, 2012 at 12:59 am |
  19. Superb!

    Few 100% true Reasons why Atheism is TERRIBLE and unhealthy for our children and living things:

    † Atheism is a religion that makes you angry, stupid, brainwashed, ignorant & blind.
    † Atheism is a disease that needs to be treated.
    † Atheism makes you post stupid things (90% of silly comments here on CNN blogs are posted by closet Atheists)
    † Atheist are satanic and have gothic lifestyle.
    † Atheists are misguided and causes problem in our religious & public society.
    † Atheists are mentally ill, that's why they have no faith.
    † Atheism won't take you to kingdom of heaven and paradise.
    † Atheism making you agree with Stalin, Hitler (Denied his faith later), Mao, Pol Pot & other terrible mass murder leaders.
    † No traditional family lifestyle, no holidays, no culture, boring and feeling 'outsider'
    † Atheists are angry, drug additcted and committ the most crime.
    † Atheist try to convert people over internet because they feel "safer" behind closet.
    † Atheists do not really exist, they just pretend that they don't believe in God and argue with religious people.
    † Atheists have had terrible life experience, bad childhood and not being loved.
    † Most Atheists are uneducated... No Atheists could run for presidency.
    † Atheism brought upon the French Revolution, one of the most evil events of all of history.
    † Atheism cannot explain the origins of the universe, therefore God exists.
    † All atheists believe in evolution, which means they don't believe in morality and think we should all act like animals.
    † The Bible says atheism is wrong, and the Bible is always right (see: Genesis 1:1, Psalms 14:1, Psalms 19:1, Romans 1:19-20)
    † Countries where Atheism is prevalent has the highest Suicide rate & Communist countries = Atheism!
    **Only 2-3% of the U.S. are Atheists/Agnostics VS. over 90% who believe in God (80% Christians) in the U.S.**

    † † Our Prayers goes to Atheists to be mentally healthy and seek their creator † †

    PS! the USA is a † nation and will always be. You know it's true and stop being ignorant and arrogant!
    (Take a look at our federal/state holidays, 99% of our presidents, blue laws in parts of the nation, the majority of people, some laws, calendar, culture, etc.)
    http://rightremedy.org/tracts/7
    .

    June 24, 2012 at 11:37 pm |
    • Rick James

      The Bible is always right....except when it's wrong.

      June 24, 2012 at 11:42 pm |
    • anonCNN

      I can only assume this is supposed to be a joke, because I would be very embarrassed to think someone would actually be ignorant enough to actually believe any of that.

      June 24, 2012 at 11:45 pm |
    • W Murderface

      Typical christain hateful,bigoted, and unable to see logic. i supose my autism is gods wraith for not accepting of your magical sky daddy. wait a minute did'nt your god make make me who I am ? So it's GODS fault I am the way I am!!!!!. SO despite the fact I am moral and kind to my fellow man and woman because I don't belive I am bound for hell????? The bivle is never wrong....... Correct me if I am wrong...... Adam the first human gave a rib to make a woman???? The human pop. is now 2..... They made Cane and Able???? Cane killed Able... World pop 3....Yes.. Cane wandered the desert and begat himself a wife??????????????????? Where did he get this wife???????????????????????????????????????????????????????? "GOD" sawfit to BLESS the murderer of his creation with a wife and children?... Answer that and I will drop to my knees and pray to "GOD"... Never had an answer yet that is fesible...

      June 25, 2012 at 1:50 am |
    • W Murderface

      BTW Dawkins is uneducated????????

      June 25, 2012 at 1:53 am |
  20. TheCapitalist

    Jesus hates the little children, the starving children of the world.
    Black and yellow, white and red, he won't feed them, soon they're dead.
    Jesus hates the little children of the world.

    June 24, 2012 at 11:35 pm |
    • TheCapitalist

      Stop trolling...

      June 24, 2012 at 11:39 pm |
    • TheCapitalist

      No, you stop trolling

      June 24, 2012 at 11:53 pm |
    • The Bird Is The Word

      So it seems to me too.

      June 25, 2012 at 12:18 am |
    • cm

      no it isn't Jesus who hate the starving children – look in the mirror 'capitalist' it is you who hate the starving children.

      June 25, 2012 at 12:49 am |
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