The Spiritual Path of an Atheist, and Where it Leads

by Sarah Whitman The Rev. Gregory Joshua Edwards didn't always believe in God. Growing up in Pennsylvania, Edwards avoided his family's Episcopalian beliefs and focused on academics. Valedictorian of his 1996 high school graduating class, he served as student body president and editor of the yearbook. He referred to himself as an atheist. Then, as a student at Brown University, he began to question the meaning of life. Edwards' spiritual inquiries led him to the Greek Orthodox Church, into which he was received in April 2003. After graduating with a degree in religious studies from Brown in 2003, Edwards worked as a teaching assistant and … [Read more...]

“Is there a God? Why Believe.” Fr. Themi Adamopoulo

Fr. Themi, as usual, tells it like it is.In this video, he tells the story of his journey of faith from thinking Christianity was the enemy to becoming an Orthodox Christian. … [Read more...]

The Journey Of An Old Atheist Convert

by Darrin Thomas Rasberry This arrived in our comments section, and it was too long and too good to leave as a comment. Thanks Darrin! I’m an old atheist convert, arriving at Orthodoxy after following the above pattern of a long study. I spent 15 years as an active nonbeliever, drifting from American Atheists to Objectivism to the Dan Dennett side of the “Four Horsemen” and ending my stint after a long, exhausting war with Protestant apologetics in the Debunking Christianity blogosphere. Following personal failures in my career and some deep losses in the family, I started to seriously reconsider the “God issue” after being … [Read more...]

The Harmony Of Heaven On Earth

by Robert StaufferAs an admirer of C. S. Lewis, I enjoyed the article in the last issue of Orthodox America by Theodore Hadzi-Antich, describing how Lewis led him ultimately to a renewed and deeper appreciation of his Orthodox Faith. However, based on my own experience, I would have to disagree with his statement that"for those who come to the table with a blank slate, i.e., with no faith at all, C. S. Lewis is probably not the best place to start investigating the truths of Christianity."I was born into an essentially atheistic family. Insofar as my parents had a philosophy of life at all, it was that of the American Dream: earn what you … [Read more...]