Outstanding stuff today from that portion of the 'sphere I find myself reading more and more these days.
I'll let Brandon Vogt ring in the news about a deep thinking atheist who followed that thinking to Catholicism:
Mark Shea likes to describe blogger Leah Libresco as “my favorite atheist,” and I’m with him. Leah is a fresh respite from the angry, fundamentalist, rhetoric-laced New Atheists like Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, and the late Christopher Hitchens.
In contrast to them, Leah is calm and charitable. She’s intimidatingly bright and extremely well-read. And she’s not afraid to objectively examine her beliefs.
She started her blog, “Unequally Yoked,” while dating a young Catholic, using it as a sounding board for arguments about (and against) religion. The blog was eventually picked up by Patheos and grew into a place where other serious-minded seekers could dialogue about the big questions of life. It was truly one of the few online havens where both atheists and believers could converse.
As time went on, Leah inched closer and closer to her boyfriend’s Catholicism. She talked with deacons, priests, and Dominicans, and even attended RCIA classes for a while. She read scores of apologetical books and wrestled with the arguments. But the momentum eventually slowed. Her and her boyfriend ended their relationship after two years of dating and she dropped out of RCIA (or, according to Leah, was “kicked out.”) It looked like Leah would be forever locked in her atheism as, to her at least, it offered the most compelling view of the world.
But the tide shifted again.
Read Brandon's entire post and learn from it.
Yes, this validates my own decision to come back to Catholicism and embrace the Church with passion and so perhaps my joy in reading this is tainted somewhat by that validation but in the end, what it also does is give teeth to the assertion that all quests for truth lead to Rome.
Yes, I said it. Yes, I believe it.
I'm no scholar or intellectual but I do think I have the ability to recognize good and distinguish it from evil, recognize right and differentiate it from wrong and yes, grasp that my faith is made up of part mystery and part reason and though there is much I'll likely never know about Catholicism there is much I am finding out that simply is good and right.
Learn from Leah's experience. Learn from the many others who led Leah to this decision. Learn but don't just rest on that learning.
Leah has done so and though the road ahead is windy and uphill, the destination is heavenly.
You're just going to have to trust Scripture, trust Reason and trust Tradition and start trekking down that road, either anew or again and find out.
You'll not regret it.