Closing our religion coverage a bit late today, here’s an interesting item on eight common factors as to why atheists change their minds.
One key reason appears to be that they are propagandized to think that theists are dumb. But then, as one witness writes,
And then there’s Leah Libresco—another atheist blogger turned Catholic. Leah recalls the challenging impact of reasonable Christians in her academic circle:
“I was in a philosophical debating group, so the strongest pitch I saw was probably the way my Catholic friends rooted their moral, philosophical, or aesthetic arguments in their theology. We covered a huge spread of topics so I got so see a lot of long and winding paths into the consequences of belief.”
Recalling her first encounter with this group of intelligent Christians, she writes on her blog:
“When I went to college…I met smart Christians for the first time, and it was a real shock.”
That initial “shock” stirred her curiosity and propelled her in the direction of Christianity. Leah is now an active Catholic. More.
Well, there’s that, and then there’s this: Guy asks obvious question: Why ARE the new atheists so angry? They score higher than conservative commentators on “certainty,” so maybe they are angry because the rest of us don/t listen to them when we supposedly should?
Then there was the time new atheists tried writing their own Ten Commandments, but…
And Sam Harris was trashing Francis Collins for no particular reason. As we said at the time,
And to think new atheists wonder why they are least liked! Is it just barely possible that it’s not about being an atheist after all but about, um, behaviour issues… (here, here, and here, just for example)?
Fundamentally, fashionable atheism sounds like a brainy crowd but not a fun or uplifting one, and people do get tired of that after a while. Not the place to be for long. Readers?
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