My Writings. My Thoughts.
A conversation with Leah Libresco about her conversion from atheism. Leah was raised as an atheist on Long Island, and began blogging about atheism and religion at Unequally Yoked, while she was still in college. After many debates, she was received into the Catholic Church in 2013. She graduated from Yale with a BA in Political Science in 2011, and currently works as an editorial assistant in Washington D.C.
A conversation about conversion with Jennifer Fulwiler. Jennifer’s book Something Other Than God was just published by Ignatius Press, Jennifer is a programmer-turned-writer who chronicles her experiences of faith and family life on her popular blog, ConversionDiary.com. Her articles have also appeared in the National Catholic Register, America, Our Sunday Visitor, Envoy and National Review Online. The author has been a guest on the television shows Fox and Friends, Life on the Rock and The Choices We Face, and is producing a reality show called Minor Revisions. She and her husband, Joe, live in Austin, Texas, with their six young children.
Dawn Eden was born into a Jewish family in New York City, Dawn lost her faith as a teenager and became agnostic. In the 1990s, while in her twenties, she was a rock journalist in New York City, interviewing performers such as Elton John and Brian Wilson. She went on to work on the editorial staff of the New York Post and the Daily News. At the age of thirty-one, Dawn experienced a dramatic conversion to Christianity that ultimately led her to enter the Catholic Church. She is the author of two books: The Thrill of the Chaste: Finding Fulfillment While Keeping Your Clothes On (Thomas Nelson, 2006), and of My Peace I Give You: Healing Sexual Wounds with the Help of the Saints (Ave Maria Press, 2012). Since the publication of My Peace I Give You, Dawn has been the subject of a profile in the New York Times Magazine and has been interviewed on several EWTN programs. She graduates next week (May, 2014) with a sacred theology licentiate from the Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception and is continuing her studies toward a doctorate.
About The Raving Atheist (known as “Ray” online) Ray prefers to maintain his anonymity. But by way of a general introduction, this is some basic information about him. Ray was born and raised in the greater New York area, and has been an attorney practicing in New York for 25 years. For the past ten years he has been active in pro-life advocacy and volunteering, and since 2007 has been running an organization which assisting women suffering from a debilitating pregnancy-related disease called hyperemesis gravidarum.
Jessica was raised in Northern Virginia. Her father was an elder at McLean Presbyterian Church, which is part of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA), a conservative Presbyterian denomination. She attended Covenant College in Lookout Mountain, Georgia. Covenant is affiliated with the PCA as well. After graduate studies in music therapy at Shenandoah University, she and Tom were married. They attended PCA churches until 2009 and were received into the Church at the Easter Vigil of 2010. They have four boys and one baby girl.
Tom was raised in a Navy family, living up and down the east coast and overseas. His father was a Navy chaplain, ordained in the Christian Reformed Church, an historically Dutch Reformed denomination. Tom studied maritime transportation at Maine Maritime Academy, and later went into active duty with the Navy. He graduated from the University of Maryland School of Law in 2009. Tom is currently assigned to Washington, D.C.
John C. Wright Is a newspaperman and editor, attorney, philosopher, and writer of science fiction novels, the most famous of which Orphans of Chaos, was nominated for a Nebula Award in 2006. In appearance he is bespectacled, bewhiskered, not so much tall as huge, and his affectations include a pocket watch, a low-crowned, broad-brimmed black hat, and a walking stick with the dullest of sword blades hidden inside. He is the father of four– Orville, Roland, Juss, and Eve –and lives in a fairytale-like happiness with his wife, Jagi, in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Karen Edmisten is the author of Deathbed Conversions: Finding Faith at the Finish Line, as well as After Miscarriage: A Catholic Woman’s Companion to Healing and Hope, and other books on the Catholic faith. She is a blogger and freelance writer whose articles have appeared in numerous publications. You can find her online at karenedmisten.com, where she writes about faith and family.
A conversation with Anujeet Sareen about his conversion. Anujeet Sareen was born in 1972 in New Delhi, India into a traditional Indian family that raised him in a religion called Sikhism. When he was five years old, his family moved from New Delhi to Brooklyn, NY, where he lived before leaving for college. After graduating with a computer science degree from Brown University, Anujeet entered the financial industry and has worked as a global markets strategist for a large investment firm in Boston for the last twenty years. Anujeet lives with his wife and children in Walpole, MA, a suburb of Boston.
A conversation with Ken Krabbenhoft about his conversion to Catholicism. Professor Krabbenhoft grew up in Detroit, got his BA from Yale (’68) and his PhD from NYU in Spanish and Portuguese (’81). Until his retirement in 2013, he was a tenured professor at NYU, specializing in early modern Spanish and contemporary Brazilian and Portuguese literature with emphasis on literary rhetoric, poetry, and mystical theology, and forays into science fiction studies and translation. He has translated the poetry of both St. John of the Cross and Pablo Neruda into English. He and his wife Ferris now live in the Hudson Valley.
On this program, Rebecca Vitz Cherico (editor of Atheist to Catholic: Stories of Conversion) interviews people who have experienced conversion in their lives: non-believers and others who have converted to Catholicism, as well as Christians who have converted or “reverted” to a deeper form of faith. The aim of the show is to gain a deeper understanding of the many and varied ways in which God makes himself present to us in the Church, and a better sense of how all believers are called to conversion.