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Sunday, July 22, 2007

Bizarro Lee Strobel

William Lobdell, a reporter covering the religion beat for the Los Angeles Times, describes in a recent column how the mounting evidence against faith in stories he wrote about caused him to eventually lose it.

At the beginning of his story:
My desire to be a religion reporter grew as I read stories about faith in the mainstream media. Spiritual people often appeared as nuts or simpletons.
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It took several years and numerous memos and e-mails, but editors finally agreed in 1998 to let me write "Getting Religion," a weekly column about faith in Orange County. I felt like all the tumblers of my life had clicked. I had a strong marriage, great kids and a new column. I attributed it all to God's grace.
At the end of his story:
As I walked into the long twilight of a Portland summer evening, I felt used up and numb. My soul, for lack of a better term, had lost faith long ago — probably around the time I stopped going to church. My brain, which had been in denial, had finally caught up.

Clearly, I saw now that belief in God, no matter how grounded, requires at some point a leap of faith. Either you have the gift of faith or you don't. It's not a choice. It can't be willed into existence. And there's no faking it if you're honest about the state of your soul.
via Unorthdox Atheism

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2 Comments:

At 7/23/2007 1:31 PM, Blogger Jamie G. declaimed...

Hmmm....What does this post have to do with Lee Strobel?

 
At 7/23/2007 2:04 PM, Blogger badger3k declaimed...

Strobel claims to be an atheist who found his god through his so-called journalism. This guy lost his faith through his journalism. So, as Bizarro is the opposite of Superman, this guy is the opposite of Strobel.

 

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