I know, I know, it has been literally forever, five months, since I last posted. To my tens of readers, what can I say? I work the equivalent of two (sometimes three) jobs, logging around 60-80 hours a week. It has put a cramp on my blogging. I have added my blog to my tablet and hopefully will have more opportunities to post. If not, please, follow my twitter account. I post there more often and it is much easier on my editing skills than making sure everything is the correct font size in here.
As it is, I suppose I should get to what I want to write about. Apparently, there is or was a 'prominent' atheist blogger on the internets who recently decided to give the pope a try.
Prominent Atheist Blogger Converts to Catholicism
Seeing how I average about a couple dozen page views a day, and in need to up the traffic for the advertisers at Google, I would like to take this time as an atheist blogger to announce my conversion to.....just kidding.
I do not want to sound too harsh on this lady, and maybe I am just out of the loop, but who in the world is Leah Libresco? I have never heard of her. Granted, I work for a living, but I scour the internet for my news source material on average three hours a day, occasionally more, and while I do not hit the blogs as much I used to I have never heard of Ms. Libresco. I will leave her increased fame by converting to Catholicism for someone with the resources and time to dissect.
As for the substance of her 'conversion,' it is nothing new or remarkable. Anne Rice, the writer of vampire fame, converted from secularism to Catholicism back in the '90s (and recently back to atheism). Religion has survived and thrived for all of these years for a reason. It fills a void in a person to find something larger than him/herself to believe in, even if you have to suspend common sense and delude yourself into thinking that some person survived in the belly of a whale for three days. This is also one of the biggest weaknesses of atheism (and I write this as an atheist who spent the first two-plus decades of my life as a Catholic). In spite of what some religious people say about non-believers having a worldview, atheism is denoted by a marked absence of belief in things outside of the real world.
The problem is the real world sucks a big one. It is filled with poverty, hatred, murder, rape, starvation, disease, and ignorance on a massive scale. If you have nothing but reality, it can become a disheartening atmosphere. I should know, I have been living this life since I left the world of fairy tales and it has instilled in me a hardened cynicism. You get the feel oftentimes that there is no hope for our species. It is kind of a corrosive existence, if you do not have some overarching belief or value system, and unfortunately some atheists are like that (for me, of course, the overarching belief and value system is in socialism). My guess is Ms. Libresco did not have any larger cause and began looking for answers to this world.
Whatever else I think of organized religion, it can give you a lot of answers. Yes, they are answers provided by a bunch of sexually repressed men thousands of years ago, but the benefit of religion is you can be completely wrong, have no evidence whatsoever for what you say, and still offer up simple answers. They have a way of attracting people looking for that kind of certitude in their lives. This is why Christianity has survived two mellinnia, even though it has a track record of repression, bigotry, and mass murder. It is why Islam is here, more popular than ever, with a track record just as bloody as Christianity's. It is why Judaism is still here, even though you see the logical conclusion of that religion in the right-wing government of Israel today. They provide clear, concise answers for people looking for reassurance.
Do I have any solutions to what Ms. Libresco is looking for? Well, I do for me, but whereas her newfound religion would tell her yes and if she does not convert she will go to hell, I lack invocation. Leah has to discover these things on her own terms. I wish her the best. On the positive side, she will not have to worry about the priests. They prefer underage boys.