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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. ignatzz

    Many atheists have idiotic stereotypes in their head, and when those stereotypes get shattered, they question their beliefs, or lack thereof. Just like what happens to religious people.

    One common stereotype many atheists have is that religious people are weak, stupid or mentally imbalanced. Which is an incredibly stupid thing to believe. So when encountering a religious person who is smarter than they are, the whole stereotype crumbles, and the whole "Being an atheist means I'm smart" schtick is called into question. And that pseudo-intellectuality is the whole reason a lot of them become atheists in the first place: they think it makes them one of the smart people. That's WHY atheism so often accompanies adolescence.

    So they find REAL people who are Christians and don't conform to the idiotic stereotypes in their head. And they find that it's about community, centering, and communing with something greater than yourself – all things you don't get from a dry test tube. Materialism is sterile and makes life not worth living.

    She chose fulfillment over emptiness.

    June 25, 2012 at 7:27 am |
    • Colin

      And yet, after all that, there is still no evidence that [the Christian] god exists.

      June 25, 2012 at 7:36 am |
    • JWT

      There has never been a doubt who the real christians are. And i am and always have been an atheist. We can get the same things from life whether we believe in a god or not. Religion is not a requirement for anything.

      June 25, 2012 at 7:46 am |
    • monday's

      If you actually believe that the world is 6000 years old, the first man was created from dirt, and the first woman from that man’s rib, and if you also have no problem in believing the story about a global flood, and a boat big enough to hold 2 of every animal alive today plus all that have become extinct, you cannot call yourself a rational thinker. Believing fantasy stories like this requires the believer to completely suspend all logic and critical thinking, and take such a leap of faith that if they truly believe it, then yes they are stupid and mentally imbalanced.

      June 25, 2012 at 7:54 am |
    • BU2B

      There are many intelligent Christians. It's just that, for some reason, they do not apply their critical thinking skills towards their faith. They can see how other religions do not fit into reality, but there is something else going on in their brains that prevents them from thinking critically about their own beliefs.

      All religions have the same amount of proof (nothing; ancient writings are not proof). I just don't see how an intelligent person can actually choose one religion over another.

      June 25, 2012 at 8:22 am |
    • Bill Deacon

      I don't see how an intelligent person can choose no religion over any. The question is not which religion is right. The question is which religion speaks to me. The fact that atheist cannot see and cannot hear anything they cannot measure surely reflects on no one but themselves.

      June 25, 2012 at 9:00 am |
    • Think-About-It

      @colin
      No, to a blind man there isn't any, because he can't see!

      June 25, 2012 at 10:56 am |
    • HotAirAce

      That's just a bullsh!t rationalization for believing in something without any supporting evidence.

      The Hobbit "speaks" to me but I wouldn't use it to guide my life or deny others their rights.

      June 25, 2012 at 11:00 am |
    • Just Claims, No Truth

      "The fact that atheist cannot see and cannot hear anything they cannot measure surely reflects on no one but themselves."

      Bill,

      What you just descibed is the definition of a hallucination, the fact that you claim you can see and hears thing that can't be measured does not make you spiritual, it makes you delusional. Tell me how one can differentiate between what you sayis true and what a religious scam is saying is true? You are selling snake oil.

      June 25, 2012 at 11:09 am |
    • Think-About-It

      @Just claims

      Man, speaking of snake oil! The snakes must be in revolt for being robed of their juice! You not only bought it, you're swimming in it!

      June 25, 2012 at 11:31 am |
    • Just Claims, No Truth

      Think,

      You said nothing to refute my point.

      June 25, 2012 at 11:36 am |
    • Think-About-It

      LOL! I said something that defines the condition of your state of being, which impairs you from seeing and understanding Reality!

      June 25, 2012 at 12:05 pm |
  2. Greyhound37

    Nope, still never heard of this "prominent" blogger.

    If you DO want to hear from some of the more prominent atheists, try TTA's latest video on Afterlife:

    [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eeMoOJpvUlU&w=640&h=390]

    June 25, 2012 at 7:27 am |
    • Think-About-It

      No one says atheists can not be happy, even sincere! But one thing they are for sure: They are D-E-C-I-E-V-E-D !
      I felt deep sadness watching this video... It made me see things that are hard to put in the words...but those who know God already understand without them being spoken.... Yet those who do not, would not comprehend even one of them!. This is the story of humanity.... a deep gulf separating the two!

      June 25, 2012 at 11:55 am |
  3. FrankR

    Everyone has to make their own choices, whether you believe or not. Life on this planet is very short.

    June 25, 2012 at 7:10 am |
  4. Darren

    This is nothing more then a publicity stunt to improve someones job status/relationship status. She thinks its more plausable that a man came back to life after being dead as opposed to the story being made up? And that they fit 2 of every animal on the planet in one boat more plausable?What universe are you living in?

    June 25, 2012 at 7:09 am |
  5. download

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    June 25, 2012 at 5:27 am |
    • Jim

      What?

      June 25, 2012 at 6:09 am |
  6. Karloff

    Libresco has a weak mind that caved to religious nonsense. And she's joining one of the most corrupt organizations in the world.

    June 25, 2012 at 5:21 am |
    • Jim

      I didnt read anywhere in there that she had joined the communist party.

      June 25, 2012 at 6:08 am |
  7. Atheism is not healthy fot children and other living things

    Prayer changes things .

    June 25, 2012 at 4:37 am |
    • Karloff

      The only thing prayer does is give the one who prays a self-righteous and sanctimonious air of authority. Prayer is just wishful thinking.

      June 25, 2012 at 5:25 am |
    • Jim

      You must pray alot then!!!

      June 25, 2012 at 6:11 am |
  8. Truth

    <>
    New International Version 1984

    --------------------------–

    God’s Righteous Judgment

    1You, therefore, have no excuse, you who pass judgment on someone else, for at whatever point you judge the other, you are condemning yourself, because you who pass judgment do the same things. 2Now we know that God’s judgment against those who do such things is based on truth. 3So when you, a mere man, pass judgment on them and yet do the same things, do you think you will escape God’s judgment? 4Or do you show contempt for the riches of his kindness, tolerance and patience, not realizing that God’s kindness leads you toward repentance?

    5But because of your stubbornness and your unrepentant heart, you are storing up wrath against yourself for the day of God’s wrath, when his righteous judgment will be revealed. 6God “will give to each person according to what he has done.”a 7To those who by persistence in doing good seek glory, honor and immortality, he will give eternal life. 8But for those who are self-seeking and who reject the truth and follow evil, there will be wrath and anger. 9There will be trouble and distress for every human being who does evil: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile; 10but glory, honor and peace for everyone who does good: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile. 11For God does not show favoritism.

    12All who sin apart from the law will also perish apart from the law, and all who sin under the law will be judged by the law. 13For it is not those who hear the law who are righteous in God’s sight, but it is those who obey the law who will be declared righteous. 14(Indeed, when Gentiles, who do not have the law, do by nature things required by the law, they are a law for themselves, even though they do not have the law, 15since they show that the requirements of the law are written on their hearts, their consciences also bearing witness, and their thoughts now accusing, now even defending them.) 16This will take place on the day when God will judge men’s secrets through Jesus Christ, as my gospel declares.

    June 25, 2012 at 3:50 am |
    • Jimmy G.

      Get the hell off my lawn!

      June 25, 2012 at 4:28 am |
    • truth be told

      Christ wants to get hell off all mankind

      June 25, 2012 at 4:36 am |
    • truth

      The opposite is true!!

      John 3 >>
      New International Version 1984
      16“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son,f that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. 18Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.g 19This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. 20Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. 21But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what he has done has been done through God.”h

      June 25, 2012 at 4:57 am |
    • Jimmy G.

      When you can prove your god exists and is not imaginary, I'll be glad to evaluate your claims at that time.

      If you feel you have reached this recording in error, please check your premises and try your rant again.

      June 25, 2012 at 5:00 am |
    • Jim

      As he closed his eyes, plugged his ears and said I cant hear you mah, mah, mah, mah, mah.

      June 25, 2012 at 6:13 am |
    • Jimmy G.

      Oh, was someone going to say something worth reading? No? Nevermind.

      June 25, 2012 at 6:20 am |
  9. johen

    The quote this intelligent argument proved to me that this girl sold out. No self-respecting non-theist could utter those words without dying of laughter.

    June 25, 2012 at 3:49 am |
  10. Nighty night, little boy!

    Looks like mommy made little Capitalist take his meds and go to bed. He had such a busy little day.

    June 25, 2012 at 3:11 am |
    • The Bird Is The Word

      I think Capitalist is a nut job too, but can't you restrain yourself from such lame and childish tauntings? Use a little imagination. – not this Nyah-nyah-nyah stuff.

      June 25, 2012 at 3:45 am |
  11. truth

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

    June 25, 2012 at 3:03 am |
    • The Bird Is The Word

      So what? Are we supposed to be impressed? Are we to follow others like sheep, unthinkingly?

      June 25, 2012 at 3:05 am |
    • The Bigger Truth

      The list going the other way is thousands of times larger.

      June 25, 2012 at 3:08 am |
    • Jimmy G.

      And as long as atheists are oppressed and treated hatefully for speaking out, there's going to be a great deal more who refuse to admit they are atheists in public.
      For instance, I will not show my atheism to random religious nuts because statistically, one of them will seek to harm me in some way. On an essentially anonymous blog, I have no problem speaking calmly and openly about how crazy religious people are because I am protected by my anonymity here.
      There is no god and prayers are merely delusional internal dialogues with your imaginary god as you imagine him/her/it to be and not to a supernatural creature that is real.
      If your god were actually the way YOU imagine him to be, everyone else would be in agreement on anything to do with this god, yet we see the exact opposite of that – every believer interprets and views things individually with extreme variations.

      Add to this the sheer lack of any demonstrations a believer could make to prove that some aspect of their imaginary god to be true to a reasonable level of credibility or consistency.

      So any god that exists would produce certain visible effects regardless of individual situation internally or externally in the real world.
      We see nothing of the sort but rather the opposite: everything that is supposedly supernatural is also random, inconsistent, contradictory, without rhyme or reason, without logic or clear connection of any sort that can honestly be considered an actual attribute of an actual supernatural event, property, or creature / being / whatever.

      These are some reasons why I am an atheist.
      Why I do not believe in something without any actual reason to believe in that something.
      An actual supernatural thing would, for us to interact with it in any way, be required to impinge upon this space-time continuum, and we see that, regardless of scale, i.e. microscopic or macroscopic, there is absolutely zero evidence that there is anything interacting with us or our universe in any way.

      There are no designs in the night sky, no realm of human knowledge where there is any proof of the supernatural actually happening.

      We get no messages from your god regardless of how you imagine him to be.
      This is because he does not actually exist but is only your imagination and why your prayers do not do anything but make you feel like you did something real instead of imaginary.

      No amputees are healed, no dead come back to life.
      Biochemistry explains why amputees do not heal, whereas if prayers worked we would see proof of amputees healing and pretty much anything one could pray about – but prayers do nothing at all. This proves they are imaginary.

      June 25, 2012 at 3:35 am |
    • truth

      2 Timothy 3 >>
      New International Version 1984

      1But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. 2People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, 4treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God— 5having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with them.
      , 13while evil men and impostors will go from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived

      June 25, 2012 at 3:38 am |
    • Jimmy G.

      Religious nuts have been saying the same thing about how terrible things are at the moment throughout history.
      Socrates said the same sorts of things about the terrible state of how people were acting hundreds of years before the NT was written.
      That's the thing with any deliberately va.gue prophecy or prediction: Your perceptual bias will see what it wants to see and not what actually is the reality of the situation. You will interpret your evironment to be in accordance with the prophecy, and people have been doing it throughout human history without the prophecies coming true. This is no different. Jesus is dead if he ever existed and he won't be coming back because he no longer exists. Your god is imaginary. Join us in reality and get real things done instead of screeching out sections of your bible as if it meant something real.
      It doesn't.

      June 25, 2012 at 4:00 am |
    • truth

      Matthew 28 >>
      New International Version 1984

      --------------------------–

      The Resurrection

      1After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb.

      2There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. 3His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. 4The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men.

      5The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. 6He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. 7Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.’ Now I have told you.”

      8So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples. 9Suddenly Jesus met them. “Greetings,” he said. They came to him, clasped his feet and worshiped him. 10Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.”

      The Guards’ Report

      11While the women were on their way, some of the guards went into the city and reported to the chief priests everything that had happened. 12When the chief priests had met with the elders and devised a plan, they gave the soldiers a large sum of money, 13telling them, “You are to say, ‘His disciples came during the night and stole him away while we were asleep.’ 14If this report gets to the governor, we will satisfy him and keep you out of trouble.” 15So the soldiers took the money and did as they were instructed. And this story has been widely circulated among the Jews to this very day.

      June 25, 2012 at 4:06 am |
    • Jimmy G.

      When you can prove your god exists and is not imaginary, I'll be glad to evaluate your claims at that time.

      If you feel you have reached this recording in error, please check your premises and try your rant again.

      June 25, 2012 at 4:11 am |
  12. truth

    Luke 15 >>
    New International Version 1984
    7I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent

    June 25, 2012 at 2:59 am |
    • The Bird Is The Word

      Beware of those who go under the name Truth.

      June 25, 2012 at 3:04 am |
    • The Bird Is The Word

      By the way: You use the New Nnternational version. Are you saying that the King James version is wrong? You imply that your god would allow incorrect verions fo your holy book to be incorrect. Do fill us in about this please – without quoting scripture.

      June 25, 2012 at 3:08 am |
    • truth

      Luke 15 >>
      New Living Translation

      7In the same way, there is more joy in heaven over one lost sinner who repents and returns to God than over ninety-nine others who are righteous and haven’t strayed away!

      June 25, 2012 at 3:26 am |
    • truth

      Luke 15 >>
      English Standard Version
      ’ 7Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance

      June 25, 2012 at 3:27 am |
    • truth

      Luke 15 >>
      King James Version

      7I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance.

      June 25, 2012 at 3:29 am |
    • truth

      Luke 15 >>
      GOD'S WORD ® Translation
      7I can guarantee that there will be more happiness in heaven over one person who turns to God and changes the way he thinks and acts than over 99 people who already have turned to God and have his approval."

      June 25, 2012 at 3:30 am |
    • truth

      Heavenly beings are thus represented as rejoicing over those who repent on earth. They see the guilt and danger of people; they know what God has done for the race, and they rejoice at the recovery of any from the guilt and ruins of sin.
      One sinner – One rebel against God, however great may be his sins or however small. If a sinner, he must perish unless he repents; and they rejoice at his repentance because it recovers him back to the love of God, and because it will save him from eternal death

      June 25, 2012 at 3:33 am |
  13. Mark from Michigan

    Yeah, so you saw that she had a Catholic boyfriend that she had to argue with and probably had to adopt his gibberish religion to get married. "So..., you need me to get water sprinkled on my head to get married? OK, I'm in." She wants to get married and probably will be engaged soon if she isn't already. This isn't news. This is someone taking the easier path. I wish her well adopting something she knows if false, empty, and without grounding in reality. Since she really doesn't believe it and just wants a ring on her finger, I'm not too worried.

    June 25, 2012 at 2:39 am |
    • HotAirAce

      In the video, she says they are no longer together. So much for the strength of belonging to a common, and more correct, cult.

      June 25, 2012 at 2:49 am |
    • The Undertones

      Ah, they broke up, but she also said in the video that "he is very happy about it." I personally would not be contacting an ex with something like that unless there was some agenda, but perhaps her motives were idealistic.

      I do find it incredible that in the sudden conversion she experienced, she instantly knew that Catholicism was the correct path. That does not add up. Christianity, not sure which sect I can see, but the specific sect the moment you have your revelation? Something else is going on. If I, as an atheist, suddenly realized I actually believed in God, I would need to spend a lot of time discovering which religion was best.

      She did mention in the video that even her atheist friends were telling her that her philosophies were actually more Christian than atheist, so I rather think she was latently religious all along, sort of like gays who live for years in hetero relationships, then finally realize what they are, after years of saying something else.

      June 25, 2012 at 3:05 am |
  14. The Undertones

    She doesn't know what she's feeling inside
    She'll never get what she's never had
    She wants to leave home but she can't get away
    Always on her own every single day

    Cos she's a run-around – what a total disaster
    She's a run-around – she's got nothing to do
    She's a run-around – doesn't know what she's after
    She's a run-around – she hasn't a clue

    She wishes she could live in a world of her own
    Go someplace where she's not known
    There's no more her to do any good
    Can't get the satisfaction she wishes she could

    Cos she's a run-around ...

    She doesn't know what she's feeling inside ...

    Cos she's a run-around

    June 25, 2012 at 2:28 am |
  15. Steve the Goat

    If god created us in his image, why are we not invisible?

    June 25, 2012 at 2:09 am |
    • tallulah13

      And if god is a man and we are created in his image, why are there women? Is god a hermaphrodite?

      June 25, 2012 at 2:17 am |
    • The Bird Is The Word

      @Steve: I don't think he's invisible. See my post a few entries down, if you wish, about God being a nudist.

      June 25, 2012 at 2:18 am |
    • The Bird Is The Word

      @Tallulah: God created woman because the dishes needed to be done. Sorry, Tallulah – the joke was there and I couldn't resist taking it.

      June 25, 2012 at 2:20 am |
    • tallulah13

      S'okay, Bird. It was funny.

      However, I think a lot of evangelical types wouldn't know you were joking.

      June 25, 2012 at 2:33 am |
    • The Bird Is The Word

      @Tallulah: I'm sure you're right.

      June 25, 2012 at 2:50 am |
    • k

      Yes ... a very well reasoned and deeply intellectual thought. Of course, by "in His image" the bible is referring to our natural orientation and inclination toward love and truth (i.e., toward God, who is Love and is the Truth).

      June 25, 2012 at 3:13 am |
  16. TheCapitalist

    LOL... billdeacons?

    They've been accusing me of trolling as you under a different name...

    June 25, 2012 at 1:48 am |
    • Just Claims, No Truth

      No, Bill is far more intelligent, easy to tell the difference.

      June 25, 2012 at 1:53 am |
    • TheCapitalist

      LOL... hit a nerve, did I, Just Claims?

      June 25, 2012 at 1:57 am |
    • Just Claims, No Truth

      Like a retarded child that is tolerated...

      June 25, 2012 at 2:12 am |
  17. willis forster

    I was a Christian that became an atheist, but i did not abandon morality or the belief in moral absolutes. I never pick a fight with anybody, it was a personal thing and i am fully aware that i may be wrong. In fact it is my opinion that the world would be a better place if i am wrong. There is no doubt in my mind that the worst problems we face are caused by non Christians that have no moral compass.

    June 25, 2012 at 1:33 am |
    • Yo willis!

      What problems are those?

      You do know that study after study has found atheists to have less major crime, less approval of war and torture, are heavily underrepresented in prison populations, have amongst the lowest rates of divorce, and of course some of the highest rates of prosperity and education. That lack of a moral compass sure makes them better people.

      Or maybe, as many have noted, morality actually comes from pragmatic considerations like cooperation gets far more ongoing prosperity than theft, with no fear of revenge – no god necessary for the many sound reasons like that. Indeed Game Theory proves that so.

      You are not really an atheist yet if you believe that.

      June 25, 2012 at 1:42 am |
    • tallulah13

      Good people do good things, bad people do bad things. I think if you look closely you will find that religion has very little bearing on the situation.

      June 25, 2012 at 1:45 am |
    • TheCapitalist

      Willis forster…

      The only way that there can be OBJECTIVE morality, is if there is a God… otherwise all morality is SUBJECTIVE and based on the whims of individuals. Your “moral compass” is evidence that God exists. Our inability to live up to that moral compass is proof of sin.

      Yo willis!

      Please… “study after study”… look at the state-sanctioned “godless” nations of the world… China, North Korea, Cuba… as I’ve stated… Hitler’s regime was based largely on the theory of evolution which led to “eugenics” which led to “building a better man”… they touted their “science” and “reason”. Mao abolished Christianity and killed millions. Stalin with marriage, etc. Atheism is the religion that has actually caused the most harm in the world.

      June 25, 2012 at 1:56 am |
    • Remagen

      Crapitalist is following Lenin and Hitler simultaneously!

      Crappy obeys Lenin: "A lie told often enough becomes the truth."

      Crappy obeys Hitler and Goebbels: "When one lies, one should lie big, and stick to it"

      Now let's hear about the Russian miners hearing the screeams of hell again. Do tell it again.

      June 25, 2012 at 2:07 am |
    • tallulah13

      Hey cappy! Again, you are wrong. Hitler's "experiments" were eugenic, not evolutionary. He was trying to breed a master race, much like someone would breed a poodle for the show ring, which is completely contrary to evolution.

      Did you know that the SS had "Gott Mit Uns" (God With Us) on their belt buckles? Also, Nazi Germany was overwhelmingly catholic and lutheran. It doesn't matter what Hitler believed. Without the backing of those catholic and lutheran Germans, Hitler would have been just another obscure fanatic. Those good christians were more than happy to wipe out millions of innocent lives on the basis of political lies.

      It seems that you take a lot of what you hear at face value. You should really take the time to learn the facts before you post flat out fallacies. I'd call them lies, except I don't think you've actually done enough homework to know that they ARE lies.

      June 25, 2012 at 2:09 am |
    • Remagen

      Oh let Crappy live his fantasy that Social Darwinism are the same thing, No need to burst his bubble about the difference. Let him have his fantasy. Facts won't displace any of his delusions.

      June 25, 2012 at 2:14 am |
    • Remagen

      That's "Social Darwinism and evolution"

      June 25, 2012 at 2:15 am |
  18. The Bird Is The Word

    She wants to use logic? OK then. Let's do: God is a nudist!

    According to the Bible, Adam and Eve were created in God's image. They were created naked. Therefore, God was naked. Adam and Eve weren't aware of their nakedness until they sinned & became ashamed of their nakedness. Their shame drove them to clothe themselves. Am I right so far? Yep. Now, because God didn't sin – indeed, can not sin, God had no reason to be ashamed of his nakedness and clothe himself.

    Now, having established that God was, is, and will always be naked (The eternal God, you know), let's carry this a bit
    further. For one to get to heaven, one must be washed clean of sin. Without sin, there is no shame. Without shame, one wears no clothes.

    Imagine the Horrors Of Heaven! EVERYBODY NAKED! Naked old women! Naked old men! Naked GOD! I can't stand it!
    AIIIIEEEEEE!

    June 25, 2012 at 1:20 am |
    • Mark From Middle River

      I take it the pews in your church must not be vinyl 🙂

      June 25, 2012 at 1:25 am |
    • The Bird Is The Word

      @Mark: I'm not a church goer, though I suspect that the pews in Heaven have to be vinyl or something that washes easily. Imagine all the Holy Skid Marks.

      June 25, 2012 at 1:55 am |
    • k

      Your penetrating theological intellect is overwhelming. You've put Aquinas, Augustine, Irenaeus, and the like to shame.

      Of course, by "in His image" the bible is referring to our natural orientation and inclination toward love and truth (i.e., toward God, who is Love and is the Truth).

      June 25, 2012 at 3:20 am |
    • The Bird Is The Word

      @K: Of course! I should have asked you first. You obviously have a direct line to God. How else could you know god's mind? Get off your high horse...and yes, I do think I'm a more rational thinker than your Great Biblical Scholars.

      June 25, 2012 at 6:43 am |
  19. Rebel4Christ

    Ya know this is awesome. Ha I bet the atheists get so annoyed at this!

    June 25, 2012 at 1:15 am |
    • Peteyroo

      Hardly, RebaCrust. Who cares? In a few days when the notoriety wanes, she'll be looking for a new stunt to pull.

      June 25, 2012 at 1:25 am |
    • Mark From Middle River

      A week or so ago they had a minister who had turned Atheist. The Atheist cheered it as a good thing and the Faithful as he was a fool. Today CNN finds a Atheist that turns not only towards Christianity but Catholism. This is great because not only the Atheist lose their ever loving minds but the Christians who do not like the Catholics will join them at crying foul.

      CNN IS PLAYING GAMES WITH US FOLKS !!! Look at the articles... they are meant to bring out the worst, the extremist of every group, including the Atheist!!!

      [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FsqJFIJ5lLs&w=640&h=390]

      June 25, 2012 at 1:31 am |
    • Oh my

      Mark, you have been here a long time, and you are only now figuring out that news services prefer sensationalistic news? Gee, I wonder if it sells more newspapares (or here causes more clicks for advertising revenues)?

      June 25, 2012 at 1:45 am |
    • tallulah13

      I agree, Mark. This is just an effort to stir the pot and create more clicks on their site. It's all about generating revenue.

      June 25, 2012 at 1:48 am |
    • Just Claims, No Truth

      No it doesnt bother me at all. In fact I was incredibly interested as to why she changed her mind because I thought she might have a point. But alas I was wrong, she had a boyfriend who was catholic and had not examined the reasons for her non-belief which is really no different than a theist being ignorant of why they believe.

      June 25, 2012 at 1:51 am |
    • k

      Peteyroo: Obviously, you care ... at least enough to read all of this and comment. If you really didn't care, you would be sitting on your sofa, eating cheetos, and reading old Christopher Hitchen's essays.

      June 25, 2012 at 5:05 am |
    • The Bird Is The Word

      @Peteyroo: A new WHAT?!? Oh, a new STunt. Never mind.

      June 25, 2012 at 6:44 am |
  20. Leah Libresco

    Honey? Can we get back together again? Tell your mommy I'm Catholic now, so it's all okay. We can even get married. I've even been on CNN talking about that External Moral Law gibberish I invented so I would not look like a twit who abandoned her values to bag a man.

    It's okay now. I fixed the atheist thing that made you have to break up with me. Please come back to me. Please.

    June 25, 2012 at 1:14 am |
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