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Kirsten Powers: My journey from atheist to Christian

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The headline at Hot Air caught my eye:

Whoa! Who saw this coming? Feminist Democrat gets Jesus?

It’s like picking up the paper and reading that Kim Jong Un has decided that free markets and democratic elections are the way to go.

Anyway, in her article in Christianity Today, Kirsten Powers credits a pastor, Tim Keller of Redeemer Presbyterian Church on the Upper East Side of New York. What’s very interesting to me is the extent to which she confirms what I’ve long suspected about a certain type of atheist: It’s an intellectual thing, about self-image.

Christianity is profoundly unfashionable among college-educated young people. If there is no one in their lives who will speak up for the Gospel truth, peer pressure and popular culture will be the predominant influence. The supposedly radical individual, as atheists often like to think of themselves, is usually just following the herd. Here, let’s let :

I was so clueless about Christianity that I didn’t know that some Presbyterians were evangelicals. So when we arrived at the Upper East Side service of Redeemer Presbyterian Church, I was shocked and repelled by what I saw. I was used to the high-church liturgy of my youth. We were meeting in an auditorium with a band playing what I later learned was “praise music.” I thought, How am I going to tell him I can never come back?
But then the pastor preached. I was fascinated. I had never heard a pastor talk about the things he did. Tim Keller’s sermon was intellectually rigorous, weaving in art and history and philosophy. I decided to come back to hear him again. Soon, hearing Keller speak on Sunday became the highlight of my week. I thought of it as just an interesting lecture—not really church. I just tolerated the rest of it in order to hear him. Any person who is familiar with Keller’s preaching knows that he usually brings Jesus in at the end of the sermon to tie his points together. For the first few months, I left feeling frustrated: Why did he have to ruin a perfectly good talk with this Jesus nonsense?
Each week, Keller made the case for Christianity. He also made the case against atheism and agnosticism. He expertly exposed the intellectual weaknesses of a purely secular worldview. I came to realize that even if Christianity wasn’t the real thing, neither was atheism.
I began to read the Bible. . . .

. That Kirsten Powers is willing to frankly admit her ignorant prejudice — she was “clueless,” and shocked to discover that a Presbyterian minister could be “intellectually rigorous” — might just be a miracle, praise God.



story | by Dr. Radut