The atheist blogger who bumped into God

Conversion shocked opponents

Until 2012, Leah Libresco was a well-known atheist blogger in the US who brought a sophisticated presence to the atheist "team." But when she announced her decision to become a Catholic, even her longtime Catholic opponents were astonished. Robert Hiini caught up with her in Sydney last month.

- The Catholic Weekly

Catholic media around the world reported that die-hard atheists were in shock, back in 2012, when celebrated atheist blogger Leah Libresco announced she was leaving the fold to convert to Catholicism 

Speaking to many hundreds of young adults at Theology on Tap in a packed Sydney pub two weeks ago, the Washington, DC-based blogger, author, and school systems analyst said those reports reflected only one part of the truth. 

Although the decisive break was certainly a shock to many, “just do it already” and “you’re making us look bad” characterised the sentiments of not a few of her atheist interlocutors and friends. 

A self-professed maths nerd who grew up in Long Island among non-religious Jews, the Yale-educated Libresco said she could no longer square her belief in objective morality with the putative absence of God and that the Christians she had locked horns with had more intelligence and better arguments than she would, at one time, have given them credit for. 

Announcing her conversion on her blog, she wrote: “I [realised that 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.” 

With her first book, Arriving at Amen: Seven Catholic Prayers That Even I Can Offer, set to launch next month, Leah Libresco says that it was then as it is now – an ongoing journey of discovery. 

Q: You said around the time of your conversion that learning to pray was like learning an entirely new language. 

A: Well, it’s worse than learning a new language because you are expected to learn it in the language, right. 

When I learnt French my textbook was in English to explain French and there isn’t really an [equivalent]. 

You learn Catholicism in English but you are learning a whole new way of being that was quite difficult for me. 

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