If atheism is so great, why would atheists who are highly educated leave?

Mike McK

Well-known member
  • Holly Ordway – University lecturer whose intellectual journey led to her conversion from atheism to Christianity
  • Howard Storm – Art professor at Northern Kentucky University. Atheist Professor whose Near-death Experience In Hell Changed led him to Jesus Christ
  • Ignace Lepp – French psychiatrist whose parents were freethinkers and who joined the Communist party at age fifteen; broke with the party in and eventually became a Catholic priest
  • Jeffery Dahmer – serial killer and convict who was baptized by Churches of Christ minister Roy Ratcliff
  • Jennifer Fulwiler – her intellectual journey led to her conversion from atheism to Christianity
  • Jessica Jenkins – a devout atheist and a believer in scientific fact.
  • Jim Warner Wallace – was a Cold-Case homicide detective who worked for the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD).
  • John C. Wright – science fiction author who went from atheist to Catholic; Chapter 1 of the book “Atheist to Catholic: 11 Stories of Conversion”, edited by Rebecca Vitz Cherico, is by him
  • John Lawson Stoddard – divinity student who became an agnostic and “scientific humanist;” later he converted to Catholicism; his son Lothrop Stoddard remained agnostic and would be significant to scientific racism
  • John Warwick Montgomery – renowned Christian apologist, Lutheran theologian, and barrister; as a philosophy major in college, he investigated the claims of Christianity “to preserve intellectual integrity” and converted
  • Jonny Lang – blues and rock singer who professed to once “hating” Christianity, before later claiming to have a supernatural encounter with Jesus Christ which led to his conversion
  • Joseph Pearce – anti-Catholic and agnostic British National Front member who became a devoted Catholic writer with a series on EWTN
  • Joy Davidman – poet and wife of C. S. Lewis
  • Julie Burchill – British journalist and feminist
  • Kang Kek Iew (also known as Comrade Duch) – Cambodian director of Phnom Penh’s infamous Tuol Sleng detention center
  • Karl Dallas – British music journalist, author and political activist
  • Keir Hardie – raised atheist and became a Christian Socialist
  • Kirk Cameron – actor noted for his role in Growing Pains
  • Lacey Sturm – musician, former vocalist and lyricist for alternative metal band Flyleaf
  • Larry Darby – former Holocaust denier and former member of the American Atheists
  • Leah Libresco – popular (former) atheist blogger; her search for a foundation for her sense of morality led her to Christianity; she continues her blog under a new name, Unequally Yoked. Her blog readership has increased significantly since her conversion.
  • Lee Strobel – former avowed atheist and journalist for the Chicago Tribune; was converted by his own journalistic research intended to test the veracity of scriptural claims concerning Jesus; author of such apologetic books as The Case for Faith and The Case for Christ
  • Léon Bloy – French author who led to several notable conversions and was himself a convert from agnosticism
  • Maggie Gallagher – conservative activist and a founder of the National Organization for Marriage
  • Malcolm Muggeridge – British journalist and author who went from agnosticism to the Catholic Church
  • Mark Bauerlein – English professor at Emory University and the author of 2008 book The Dumbest Generation, which won at the Nautilus Book Awards
  • Mark Edwards – A rapper and former drug smuggler who was deaf in one ear, found God after being healed by a preacher.
  • Marvin Olasky – former Marxist turned Christian conservative; edits the Christian World magazine
  • Mary Karr – author of The Liars’ Club; Guggenheim Fellow; once described herself as an “undiluted agnostic”, but converted to a self-acknowledged “Cafeteria Catholicism” who embraces Pro-Choice views, amongst others
  • Maurice Baring – English author who converted in his thirties
  • Michael Reiss – British bioethicist, educator, journalist, and Anglican priest; agnostic/secular upbringing
  • Mira Sorvino – Academy Award-winning actress who had been on Humanist lists
  • Mortimer J. Adler – American philosopher, educator, and popular author; converted to Catholicism from agnosticism, after decades of interest in Thomism
  • Nicky Gumbel – Anglican priest known for the Alpha course; from atheism
  • Nicole Cliffe – writer and journalist who co-founded The Toast
  • Nina Karin Monsen – Norwegian moral philosopher and author who grew up in a humanist family, but later converted to Christianity through philosophic thinking
  • Paul Bourget – French author who became agnostic and positivist at , but returned to Catholicism at
  • Paul Jones – musician, of Manfred Mann; previously atheist; in 1967 he argued with Cliff Richard about religion on a TV show
  • Peter Baltes – former heavy metal musician, member of Accept
  • Peter Guirguis
  • Peter Hitchens – journalist who went from Trotskyism to Traditionalist conservatism; estranged brother of the late outspoken anti-theist and Vanity Fair writer Christopher Hitchens
  • Peter Steele – lead singer of Type O Negative
  • R. J. Stove – raised atheist, converted to Catholicism
  • Ray Comfort – evangelist and author.
  • Rodney Stark – a formerly agnostic sociologist of religion.
  • Rosalind Picard – Director of the Affective computing Research Group at the MIT Media Lab; raised atheist, but converted to Christianity in her teens
  • Sally Read – Eric Gregory Award-winning poet who converted to Catholicism
  • Seraphim Rose – Hieromonk and religious writer; in early adulthood he considered non-theist ideas of God and the Philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche that God is dead; became Russian Orthodox in
  • Sigrid Undset – Norwegian Nobel laureate who converted to Catholicism from agnosticism
  • Simon Greenleaf – one of the main founders of Harvard Law School
  • Steve Beren – former member of the Socialist Workers Party (United States) who became a Christian conservative politician
  • Steve Tillman – an ex-atheist who did everything to suppress the idea of God
  • Tamsin Greig – British actress raised as an atheist; converted at
  • Terry A. Davis – American computer programmer who created and designed an entire operating system, TempleOS, by himself. Davis grew up Catholic and was an atheistbefore experiencing a self-described “revelation”. He described the experience as seeming “a lot like mental illness … I felt guilty for being such a technology-advocate atheist … It would sound polite if you said I scared myself thinking about quantum computers.”
  • Victor Turner – A British cultural anthropologist best known for his work on symbols, rituals and rites of passage.
  • Vittorio Messori – Italian journalist and writer called the “most translated Catholic writer in the world” by Sandro Magister; before his conversion in he had a “perspective as a secularist and agnostic”
  • Vladimir Putin – current President of the Russian Federation
  • Dr. Wayne Rossiter – assistant professor of Biology at Waynesburg University and earned his PhD in ecology and evolution from Rutgers University.
  • Whittaker Chambers – former Communist turned conservative writer
  • William J. Murray – author and son of atheist activist Madalyn Murray O’Hair
First, not everybody on that list is a Christian. I've seen lists like this before, and they define "Christian" so broadly as to make it meaningless.

I actually knew Bruce Cockburn years ago and he is extremely liberal, what would commonly be called "emergent".

Second, while I appreciate your point, Christian conversion is a supernatural work done by Christ, not an intellectual belief.
 

SteveB

Well-known member
First, not everybody on that list is a Christian. I've seen lists like this before, and they define "Christian" so broadly as to make it meaningless.

I actually knew Bruce Cockburn years ago and he is extremely liberal, what would commonly be called "emergent".
Ok. Thank you.



Second, while I appreciate your point, Christian conversion is a supernatural work done by Christ, not an intellectual belief.
Exactly!
Which is exactly why I asked the question.
Why would such intelligent people abandon their atheism, and turn to Jesus?
It's because it's explicitly NOT a matter of intellectual prowess.
 

Eightcrackers

Active member
Second, while I appreciate your point, Christian conversion is a supernatural work done by Christ, not an intellectual belief.
This rankled me.

The OP often says "being convinced of Christianity has nothing to do with intellect", but then we have this "look at all these intellectuals turning to Christianity".

Which is it?
 

Mike McK

Well-known member
Exactly!
Which is exactly why I asked the question.
Why would such intelligent people abandon their atheism, and turn to Jesus?
It's because it's explicitly NOT a matter of intellectual prowess.
Then you need to explain yourself a little more thoughtfully, because it appears as if you're saying they became Christians because they're smart.
 

SteveB

Well-known member
Then you need to explain yourself a little more thoughtfully, because it appears as if you're saying they became Christians because they're smart.
I thought it was clear enough.
But thank you.

Remember, this group of people on this forum have convinced themselves that this is about how intelligent they are and refuse to recognize their biases, and opinions are what excludes them.

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We do read in 1 Corinthians 1:21

1Co 1:21 WEB For seeing that in the wisdom of God, the world through its wisdom didn’t know God, it was God’s good pleasure through the foolishness of the preaching to save those who believe.
 

Electric Skeptic

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I thought it was clear enough.
But thank you.

Remember, this group of people on this forum have convinced themselves that this is about how intelligent they are and refuse to recognize their biases, and opinions are what excludes them.
Once again you demonstrate that you do not have the slightest idea of why atheists are atheists.
 

Electric Skeptic

Well-known member
And once again you blame others for your own beliefs.
Since I nowhere blamed anybody for anything, more nonsense from you.

I, like every other atheist you've come into contact with over the last (almost) decade, is telling you that you do not listen to us and have no comprehension of what or why we think the way we do.

You, of course, will continue to ignore this and believe that you alone know about atheists, whereas they themselves do not. And you'll continue to make zero impression on atheists. You say your mission/responsibility is to present (what you believe to be) the 'truth' to atheists - you fail every single day on here because you repeatedly do not listen to us.
 

Eightcrackers

Active member
Just saw this article. You can indeed continue to argue that your "mere lack of belief" is a superior position, but the only thing you accomplish is to raise the question of why such intelligent people who have excellent educational backgrounds, and professions would cease not believing.
If, as you say, Christianity is not an intellectual exercise, why would we care?

They are not using their intellect, in this instance, so it has no bearing.
 
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