Leslie grew up in an active Catholic home. As a child she loved everything Catholic. The many social changes of the 1960′s and the distractions of college drew her away from the faith. After college she obtained a position as a TV talk show host. Soon after she found she was pregnant. Seeing no other alternative, she […]
I was in the newsstand of a Miami bus terminal, my saddle oxfords a bit scuffed and my uniform crumpled after a steamy day of classes, when I spotted something that utterly horrified me. It was not an X-rated magazine, but something much worse: a book called “Why I Am Not a Christian” by Bertrand Russell.
A Feminist Rebellion
I was raised in the Grace Brethren Fundamentalist branch of Protestant Christianity during the 1960’s and 70’s. I am grateful for a lot of the Bible-based teaching I learned there and from my mother; for the steeping and memorization of Bible passages; for all the wonderful stories that engrossed me; for the hearing the words of Jesus and His pure love. But my rebellious bent began to grow as I reached 15 and became skeptical about the manner of this branch of Christianity and the hypocrisy I witnessed around me and inside me. I wanted nothing to do with youth group. I had a strong dislike of the “saving of souls” that took place at the end of the preaching during particularly sad hymns. I took to sneaking out of the church and driving around in my parents’ car during the service. My absconding intensified when my pastor claimed to know when the world was going to end and picked a day that came and went while he remained at the pulpit.
Sarang was born in India, and was raised a Hindu. His first introduction to Christianity was watching the movies “Ben Hur” and “The Ten Commandments.” In 1977, he married an Hispanic American who was a fallen away Catholic. This began his long journey to the Catholic Christian faith. He was received into the Catholic Church […]
Charlie’s father was Catholic and his mother was Methodist. He was brought up Catholic but was caught up in the madness of the ‘60’s and fell away from the faith. He finally met Christ, through a friend, while in Medical school. Kathleen was adopted into a family that moved often and worshiped in several denominations, […]
Carolyn was baptized as a Catholic and went to Catholic grade school but was not raised in the faith at home. At a very young age she started modeling and acting. After winning the Miss Ohio pageant she went to New York and to begin her acting career. In the midst of success she felt […]
Dr. Grier is an African American pro-life activist and non-fiction author. When Grier was a teenager she converted to Roman Catholicism. She graduated with a master’s degree in social work from Fordham University. In 1980 she heard a “persuasive, dynamic speech in defense of all human life from conception” by the Rev. Jesse Jackson and […]
Paul was not brought up in any church. When he was 14 he became deeply involved in Transcendental Meditation. After college he decided to hitchhike around the world. While in Switzerland, he discovered the L’Abri community, of Francis Schaeffer, which began to open his heat God. After returning home, he discovered C. S. Lewis and […]
Marcus and Colin answer open line questions. Colin is Vice President for Theology at EWTN. He has a Licentiate in Sacred Theology, with a specialization in moral theology, from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas (The Angelicum), in Rome. He earned a BTh from the Seminary of Christ the King in Mission, British Columbia. […]