Posted by: L. E. Barnes | June 23, 2012

An Atheist No More!

A bit of wonderful news from the blogosphere:

LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) –

Her online announcement shocked the secular community. Atheist blogger Leah Libresco has announced on her Patheos blog that she has converted to Christianity. In her latest online post, “This is my last post for the Patheos Atheist Portal,” she explained her conversion to Catholicism. Libresco said her conversion came from her struggles with the roots of the moral law. Libresco said she inevitably arrived at an understanding that aligns with a Christ-centered world-view.

Libresco found herself constantly exploring this paradigm until she finally accepted the notion that truth and moral goodness come from God. “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 suggests 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,” she wrote.

“After I changed my mind, I decided to take a little time to make sure I really believed what I thought I believed, before telling my friends, family, and, now, all of you. That left me with the question of what to do about my atheism blog. My solution was to just not write anything I disagreed with. Enough of my friends had accused me of writing in a crypto-Catholic style that I figured no one would notice if I were actually crypto-Catholic for a month and a half (i.e. everything from “Upon this ROC.” on).

Libresco admits she struggles with aspects of her newfound Catholic faith. Among them, the church’s teaching about homosexuality, but she seems set on a path to explore these specified issues as diligently as she has the overarching existence of a higher power.

Libresco promises to further discuss her ongoing spiritual path in future blog posts.

“This post isn’t the final word on my conversion. 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,” she writes.

Many people in the secular community question Libresco’s massive transition, but at least one prominent atheist has shown his support. On his “Friendly Atheist” blog, Hemant Mehta wrote the following about the conversion:

“It happens. Far less frequently than the other way around, but it happens . I won’t pretend to understand whatever she’s going through. But whenever you make a big announcement like that, it’s like a huge weight has been lifted off your shoulders. It’s even harder to do that when you talk about religion so publicly. Anyway, I wish Leah the best.”

You can read Leah’s blog statement here.

Let’s pray for this new sister in Christ as she embarks on her faith journey in the Church.



  1. One soul at a time.

  2. Thanks to the blogosphere, we can be regularly inspired by how God is working in all kinds of souls. And we can pray for the newcomers who have arrived home. Leah is doing something all Catholics should do – actively seeking why the Church teaches what she does and examining her own assumptions honestly. If every Catholic did this, the world would be a far better place and there would be a lot more followers of Christ. God bless and keep her.

    • Amen!

  3. Evan, I see in my email you commented on my Christian ed. post but for some reason it is not appearing. I am only with IPhone access at the moment, but will try to address it tomorrow. You made many excellent points that I want to explore in more detail.

    • Thanks. Overall, I did agree with you. It was just on that one point I respectfully dissented (unless perhaps I’m misunderstanding the case you were trying to make). I look forward to reading your responses.

  4. I agree with Barb!I Could not say it better.

    • Me too!

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