Famous Atheist Blogger Converts to Christianity, Accepted God and Truth Through 'Moral Law'
By Ruth Miyake - Crossmap On June 20, 2012
A well-known atheist blogger Leah Libresco converted to Christianity, according to her announcement on Monday.
Libresco's blog used to be on the Patheos blogging network's Atheist Portal, but now she moved it to the network's Catholic Channel after she came to her decision to convert to Catholicism.
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The blog is now titled "Unequally Yoked: A geeky convert picks fights in good faith."
Essentially, Libresco struggled with the moral law, and as an atheist, she could not fully explain where it originated from, even though many non-theistic explanations exist.
"I was ready to admit that there were parts of Christianity and Catholicism that seemed like a pretty good match for the bits of my moral system that I was most sure of, while meanwhile my own philosophy was pretty kludged together and not particularly satisfactory," she wrote on her blog post titled "This is my last post for the Patheos Atheist Portal."
It was the day before Palm Sunday that she got into a discussion with a Christian friend who asked regarding what Libresco regarded as the source of moral law.
After a back-and-forth, "my friend pressed me to stop beating up on other people’s explanations and offer one of my own," Libresco wrote.
The conversations followed -
"'I don’t know,' I said. 'I've got bupkis'
'Your best guess.'
'I haven’t got one.'
'You must have some idea.'
'I don’t know. I’ve got nothing. I guess Morality just loves me or something.'
'Ok, ok, yes, I heard what I just said. Give me a second and let me decide if I believe it.'"
Libresco continued, "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."
After this conversation, she and her friend prayed.
Libresco is currently enrolled in Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) classes at a parish in Washington D.C.
Her new belief still has a long way to maturity, as she is still suspicious over controversial questions such as the Church's stance on homosexuality.
"This post isn't the final word on my conversion," she wrote.
"I'm sure there's a lot more explaining and arguing to do, so be a little charitable in your read of this post and try to give me a little time to expand my ideas over the next few weeks."
Libriesco grew up in a secular household in Long Island, N.Y., according to her blog.
While dating a Christian, she went to church once a week in exchange that her boyfriend went to ballroom dance class. They recommended books and blogs to each other that fueled all-night debates, she said on her blog.