Leah Libresco made the announcement on Monday on her Patheos blog, “Unequally Yoked.” The blog post, titled “This is my last post for the Patheos Atheist Portal,” details how Libresco came to her decision.
She said she struggled with moral law, exploring where it comes from and what’s behind it. As an atheist, she states that friends told her that her philosophy was unsustainable.
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.
She goes back to the night before Palm Sunday, where after a debate on religion she then had a discussion with a friend about morality.
After a back-and-forth where her friend asked her to make an argument about where moral law comes from, she couldn’t think of any. She then realized that it had to come from something like a person or being.
“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,” she writes.
Despite her newfound religion, she said she’s still confused about the church’s stance on homosexuality.
Her post had received more than 750 comments by Tuesday afternoon, with most voicing support and congratulations.
One comment read: “So, so happy for you, Leah! I’ve been praying for you before, and I’ll ramp it up even more. The adventure has just begun!”
It’s not the first time an atheist blogger has found religion. A blogger who goes by “The Raving Atheist” announced on his blog he was turning to Christianity a few years ago, The Blaze reported. The blog’s name has since been changed to “The Raving Theist.”
According to her blog, Libriesco grew up in a secular household in Long Island, N.Y. She dated a Christian, agreeing to go to church once a week in exchange that he go to ballroom dance class. She writes that both recommended books and blogs to each other that fueled all-night debates.
Libresco previously blogged for the Atheist portion of the Pantheos website. She said that her blog will now be moved over to the Patheos Catholic channel. The Patheos site is used for discussion and finding information on different faiths.
In addition to Patheos, Libresco has also blogged for The Huffington Post religion section.
Libresco did not immediately respond Tuesday to an email from msnbc.com for further comment
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