Yet Another Anti-Religious Intellectual Turns Christian

Another person has become Christian due to being faced with the message of the Bible and the strong evidence of Christianity. Kirsten Powers, reporter and political commentator, was once a die-hard New York anti-religious person . . . until she considered the truth. You can find her story here.

As she describes her story, “Of all people surprised that I became an evangelical Christian, I’m the most surprised.” Powers is educated, never grew up exposed to evangelical Christians, spent her career surrounded by liberal atheists or agnostics, and was anti-religious to the core. Like others in her shoes, she fought conversion at every step, but God reached in through the teachings of a pastor who uses apologetics in his sermons, Tim Keller.

Even after her conversion, which she apparently did not expect or pursue, she describes the following:

The horror of the prospect of being a devout Christian crept back in almost immediately. I spent the next few months doing my best to wrestle away from God. It was pointless. Everywhere I turned, there he was. Slowly there was less fear and more joy. The Hound of Heaven had pursued me and caught me—whether I liked it or not.

Kirstin Powers joins the likes of other modern, intelligent, reasonable people who were not pursuing Jesus, even fighting against the idea of becoming Christian, but the spirit of God and the reasonableness of truth broke through. Similar stories can be found in C. S. Lewis, Frank Morrison, J. Budzisziewski, Holly Ordway (more here) Nabeel Qureshi, Anthony Flew, and others, such as here and here.

Tim Keller has written an excellent short book called The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism, a New York Times bestseller. I highly recommend it.

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7 Responses to Yet Another Anti-Religious Intellectual Turns Christian

  1. Father Paul says:

    So cool! Fr Paul Waisanen, OCA.

    Blessed is our God, always…

  2. Mike says:

    Why won’t this God manifest himself to me and the other billions of naked apes like me and reach people in very very very very questionable ways that nobody can check upon because they are personal?

  3. Truth2Freedom says:

    Reblogged this on Truth2Freedom's Blog.

  4. Hausdorff says:

    I’d be curious to read her story and find out what her reason for converting is, but the link in the first paragraph is broken (at least for me)

  5. humblesmith says:

    Not sure what happened, but the link is fixed now and should be working.

  6. Hausdorff says:

    Thanks for fixing the link.

    It’s a shame though, I thought the most interesting parts of the story were glossed over.

    “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.”

    What was his case for Christianity that resonated with her so much? What was the weakness with a secular worldview?

    “I remember walking into the Bible study. I had a knot in my stomach. In my mind, only weirdoes and zealots went to Bible studies. I don’t remember what was said that day.”

    You don’t remember what was said? That’s a shame, because it was apparently very powerful.

    She also talked about meeting Jesus,perhaps this was just my reading of her story, but it seemed like all of those sermons were, in a way, more important because they laid the groundwork for her to be receptive to this meeting. It really seems a shame she didn’t give a few highlights of them.

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