Sometimes, atheists become followers of Jesus
I came across bio’s of two brilliant people, both post-atheists, in the PBS program Religion and Ethics Newsweekly. Their conversions and their lives today do not fit stereotypes of “Christian,” and yet their authenticity speaks volumes. Here are quotes from each, and links to intriguing video profiles in which they tell their stories. Click the photos to get to the links.
Sara Miles was a war correspondent in Central America; later, she wrote for Mother Jones. She directs an effort that provides food to as many as 500 families a week.
SARA MILES: I don’t think I ever expected to find myself being a Christian or, as I used to think of it, a “religious nut.” And again, I met plenty of Christians who I respected. But I think also I had this idea that Christianity was a religion that was kind of fundamentalist, kind of harsh, and more about setting rules of who belonged and who didn’t belong. […]
We offer food to everybody without exception. We offer food to whoever walks in the door. We’re the people that nobody wanted. You know, we’re gay people and we’re poor people and we’re people living on the streets. And we’re old ladies and cripples and whores and little children and foreigners and exactly the kind of people Jesus liked to hang out with. […]
Anne Lamott, author of best-sellers Traveling Mercies and Plan B, “says her secular friends think she’s a crazy Jesus freak who believes in the Holy Spirit and the resurrection. She’s a Protestant who wears a Mary medallion around her neck and a red string blessed by the Dalai Lama around her wrist. Many evangelicals are deeply uncomfortable with what they consider her loose theological views and her outspoken, obscenity-laden, pro-choice, pro-gay positions.”
Ms. LAMOTT: I saw Jesus as sort of my friend and companion … much to my own horror in the beginning. I didn’t want that to be the truth. I didn’t want to be a Christian. I was raised to think Christians are idiots. […]
We’re talking about feeding and nurturing the human spirit and bringing that forth into a world that is so thirsty and so starving to death and so battered. […]
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