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SEE THIS ATHEIST BLOGGER‘S STUNNING ANNOUNCEMENT THAT SHE’S CONVERTING TO CATHOLICISM
Blaze ^ | June 19, 2012

Posted on 06/20/2012 6:20:30 AM PDT by NYer

Atheist Leah Libresco Announces Conversion to Catholicism

Atheist blogger Leah Libresco shocked the secular community this week when she announced on her Patheos blog that she has converted to Christianity. Her article, entitled, “This is my last post for the Patheos Atheist Portal,” explained her conversion to Catholicism, which has sent shock-waves through the atheist blogosphere.

In her post, Libresco details her personal struggles with understanding the root of moral law. Obviously, non-believers don’t see morality as coming from a central source. Instead, they see humanity as living on its own, disconnected from any fertile source of knowledge and goodness. For Libresco, this ideal has come full-circle, as she inevitably arrived at an understanding that aligns with a Christ-centered world-view.

Debate after debate and discussion after discussion, the non-believing blogger details how she found herself constantly exploring this paradigm — that is, until she finally accepted the notion that truth and moral goodness come from God. She explains:

I believed that the Moral Law wasn’t just a Platonic truth, abstract and distant. It turns out I actually believed it was some kind of Person, as well as Truth. And there was one religion that seemed like the most promising way to reach back to that living Truth. I asked my friend what he suggest we do now, and we prayed the night office of the Liturgy of the Hours together (I’ve kept up with that since). Then I suggested hugs and playing Mumford and Sons really, really loudly.



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1 posted on 06/20/2012 6:20:36 AM PDT by NYer
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To: netmilsmom; thefrankbaum; Tax-chick; GregB; saradippity; Berlin_Freeper; Litany; SumProVita; ...

Welcome home, ping!


2 posted on 06/20/2012 6:21:32 AM PDT by NYer (Without justice, what else is the State but a great band of robbers? - St. Augustine)
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To: NYer

the only thing i find ‘stunning’ is these other so-called ‘rational, logical’ atheist types dont follow suit.

the very idea of logic and rational thought are processes that only reflect the God that gave us those rules of logic and rational discourse.....

and that more peeps dont see that, is amazing....and ‘stunning’ if you will....


3 posted on 06/20/2012 6:25:19 AM PDT by raygunfan
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To: NYer

Welcome, sister.


4 posted on 06/20/2012 6:29:36 AM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: raygunfan

“the only thing i find ‘stunning’ is these other so-called ‘rational, logical’ atheist types dont follow suit.”

Many atheists today come from the Darwinist school. They believe in accident, not reason. They don’t believe in morality in the first place so they do not try to argue that it is possible to be moral without G-d.


5 posted on 06/20/2012 6:35:32 AM PDT by ari-freedom
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To: NYer

“According to it, what is behind the universe is more like a mind than it is like anything else we know.....”

The moral law...hard to argue that man is a moral animal. CS Lewis covered it well in “Mere Christianity”. I’m glad for her.


6 posted on 06/20/2012 6:37:48 AM PDT by Dick Vomer (democrats are like flies, whatever they don't eat they sh#t on.)
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To: NYer
Anne Rice made a big deal out of her conversion, but it didn't last long.

This is just another case of "Look at me! Look at me!"

7 posted on 06/20/2012 6:48:24 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Government is the religion of the sociopath.)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

I believe that Anne Rice also got wrapped up in the “gnostic gospels.” And one of her reasons for dropping out was that God didn’t do exactly what she prayed to Him to do.


8 posted on 06/20/2012 7:00:59 AM PDT by GreyFriar (Spearhead - 3rd Armored Division 75-78 & 83-87)
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To: ari-freedom
Many atheists today come from the Darwinist school. They believe in accident, not reason. They don’t believe in morality in the first place so they do not try to argue that it is possible to be moral without G-d.

Many in my generation are not very religious including myself(I'm mid 20's)-lot of atheism/agnostics...we all believe you can be moral without God. I have never run across people my age who don't believe in morality..most think the countries morals suck including myself.

9 posted on 06/20/2012 7:04:58 AM PDT by trailhkr1 (All you need to know about Zimmerman, innocent = riots, manslaughter = riots, guilty = riots)
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To: NYer

Apostasy!! what is the current laws in Atheism now?


10 posted on 06/20/2012 7:05:53 AM PDT by Steve Van Doorn (*in my best Eric Cartman voice* 'I love you, guys')
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To: trailhkr1

morals of any kind in a supposed atheistic world view, make no sense.....folks that claim some sort of morals need to explain why they borrow that idea that is inherently NOT atheistic, but points to a higher authority....


11 posted on 06/20/2012 7:08:14 AM PDT by raygunfan
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To: trailhkr1

-—I have never run across people my age who don’t believe in morality..——

Try C.S. Lewis’ “Mere Christianity.” In the first part of the book, Lewis reasons from the moral code, known by all people, to the divine Source of this Law. It’s very readable.


12 posted on 06/20/2012 7:14:59 AM PDT by St_Thomas_Aquinas (Viva Christo Rey!)
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To: ari-freedom

Most Atheists these days I have had the misfourtune of knowing have been the whole “Millitant Fundamentalist Atheist” types. These are the types that bring a lot of shame to the ones that call themselves Moderate. Atheists but are actually Agnostics.


13 posted on 06/20/2012 7:18:58 AM PDT by GraceG
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To: NYer

Let’s just hope it is not like Larry Flint’s so-called “conversion” to Christianity about thirty years ago.


14 posted on 06/20/2012 7:21:11 AM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (I LIKE ART! Click my name. See my web page.)
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To: GraceG

“Most Atheists these days I have had the misfourtune of knowing have been the whole “Millitant Fundamentalist Atheist” types. These are the types that bring a lot of shame to the ones that call themselves Moderate. Atheists but are actually Agnostics.”

They think they can make a point stronger by piling on the f-bombs and ridicule.


15 posted on 06/20/2012 7:24:47 AM PDT by ari-freedom
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To: GraceG
Most Atheists these days I have had the misfourtune of knowing have been the whole “Millitant Fundamentalist Atheist” types. These are the types that bring a lot of shame to the ones that call themselves Moderate. Atheists but are actually Agnostics.

Because those are the most militant.. the others-the 98% of us just want to live our lives and it's not worth the drama to bring it up to you...

17 posted on 06/20/2012 7:32:28 AM PDT by trailhkr1 (All you need to know about Zimmerman, innocent = riots, manslaughter = riots, guilty = riots)
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To: trailhkr1

I don’t think the point is whether you can be moral without God, at least relatively moral anyway. The point is where do morals originate. The Bible says that the Law (10 commandments) was written on our hearts so we have no excuse. See Romans 2:14-15. Take God out of the equation and I suppose morals developed by (non existent) macroevolution or perhaps the Big Bang caused them and they floated around space waiting for a worthy host and man finally fit the bill?


18 posted on 06/20/2012 7:50:27 AM PDT by Hayride
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To: Hayride
The point is where do morals originate. . Take God out of the equation and I suppose morals developed by (non existent) macroevolution or perhaps the Big Bang caused them and they floated around space waiting for a worthy host and man finally fit the bill?

Maybe early man realized through reasoning that is was best to treat others as they wanted to be treated for the betterment of everyone. Humans have reasoning power...we have put men on the moon while animals have not...

19 posted on 06/20/2012 8:13:10 AM PDT by trailhkr1 (All you need to know about Zimmerman, innocent = riots, manslaughter = riots, guilty = riots)
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To: trailhkr1

I agree that many of the current generation believe they can be moral without God, but I’m curious. How do you define what moral is?


20 posted on 06/20/2012 8:23:20 AM PDT by Vanders9
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To: trailhkr1

But in an evolutionist interpretation of history, how would such altruism come about in the first place?


21 posted on 06/20/2012 8:27:36 AM PDT by Vanders9
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To: Salvation; narses; Iscool

Looks like another found their way home


22 posted on 06/20/2012 8:42:59 AM PDT by verga (Party like it is 1773)
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To: NYer

bump


23 posted on 06/20/2012 8:51:24 AM PDT by WashingtonSource
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To: NYer
they see humanity as living on its own, disconnected from any fertile source of knowledge and goodness

Well, unless they understand nature herself as the source of both intelligibility and moral order (like the Stoics or Aristotle).

It's a more difficult case to make if you have a hard materialism (like the Epicureans or Hobbes), but it can still be made.

The main difficulty for contemporary atheists is that they also want to do away with any normative sense of the natural.

24 posted on 06/20/2012 9:09:52 AM PDT by pierrem15 (Claudius: "Let all the poisons that lurk in the mud hatch out.")
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

If this is sincere, blessings to her. I’m a recent convert
to Catholocism at a later age. However an “atheist blogger”
with a photo of her in radio gear? She could be looking for
a project.Maybe write about her “experiences” and have more
material to blog about, go on the radio, etc.

Pardon me, but, well, we’ll see..


25 posted on 06/20/2012 10:30:26 AM PDT by americas.best.days...
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To: NYer


26 posted on 06/20/2012 10:43:14 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: NYer

SInce probably half or so of self-described Catholics are practical atheists, she should feel right at home.


27 posted on 06/20/2012 2:06:42 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand (they have no god but caesar)
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To: the invisib1e hand
SInce probably half or so of self-described Catholics are practical atheists, she should feel right at home.

Ha, ha .. good attempt to slam catholics but your jabs missed the mark. Like so many other converts, she made her way into the Catholic Church through reasoning.

28 posted on 06/20/2012 2:24:06 PM PDT by NYer (Without justice, what else is the State but a great band of robbers? - St. Augustine)
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To: NYer

If you were half as committed to the truth as you are proud, you’d be able to acknowledge the truth of the assertion (if not the actual ratio) without a knee-jerk reaction.


29 posted on 06/20/2012 5:10:11 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand (they have no god but caesar)
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To: NYer
Lord our God, bless Thy servant Leah richly and stay with her on her journey.


30 posted on 06/20/2012 5:44:13 PM PDT by annalex (http://www.catecheticsonline.com/CatenaAurea.php)
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To: trailhkr1

“the others-the 98% of us just want to live our lives and it’s not worth the drama to bring it up to you...”

And yet, on a Catholic owned, staunchly pro-God website, on a thread specifically about an atheist who has converted to Christianity...you bring it up. Perhaps your heart seeks more than you realize?


31 posted on 06/21/2012 9:41:40 AM PDT by daisy mae for the usa
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To: the invisib1e hand
SInce probably half or so of self-described Catholics are practical atheists, she should feel right at home.

87.29 % of all statistics are made up on the spot.

32 posted on 06/21/2012 9:51:38 AM PDT by Sirius Lee (Goode over evil.)
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Actuarily (ha!) in some of the more erudite, allegedly intellectual Catholic discussion circles, the topic has been addressed. I don't recall what the ratio was nor does it matter for the little joke to work. I mean, puhleeze, you'd have to be in the final stages of terminal denial to insist otherwise. And it's even in concord with prophecy, though there's no point in going there. Some people just won't be amused.

I should have simply said, "she ought to feel right at home" or something like that.

for someone to call it a "slap at Catholics" is childish.

33 posted on 06/21/2012 12:28:06 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand (they have no god but caesar)
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