This is a story of a woman who went from Atheism to Catholicism. She was a committed Atheist and she says in her book, “I was an Atheist college professor and I delighted in thinking of myself in that way. I got a kick out being a nonbeliever: it was fun to consider myself superior to the unenlightened superstitious masses and made snide comments about Christians. I thought I was completely without
She became a fencer. She found an excellent fencing coach in Josh and entered a tournament expecting to do well but was eliminated at the beginning. Meeting with her fencing coach to discuss what went wrong, they ended up discussing about whether there was something after death, where morality came from, if there was a God. The beginning of things. The big bang. After a long discussion, she discovered that faith was something that could be based on reason, it could be discussed, and investigated. It was suggested that she pray and she responded with an obscenity.. She was looking for a test that God cared for us. Some time later she was riding her bike down a road and as she was looking at the wonder of nature, the blue sky, the white clouds, the birds flying, and she thought: wouldn’t it be wonderful to live forever. Her first prayer?
After much studying and debate, she got to the point where she was spiritual but not religious. She read the Gospels and came up with the following report; “I recognized that they were historical narratives. I’d been steeped in folklore, fantasy, legend, and myth ever since I was a child and studied these genres as an adult. None of these stylistic fingerprints appeared in the New Testament that I was reading.” Her problem was now with the miracles in the Gospels. She read “The Risen Jesus and Future Hope” by Gary Habermas and “The Resurrection of the Son of God” by N.T. Wright. She says in her book; “I had read all I could read; more would do me no good. I had work through all the arguments suﬃciently; know where I stood. It was a fact of history that Jesus had died on the cross and had raised on the third day, vindicating his claim to be the Son of God. It was true. I felt strangely calm, as if I were at the eye of some eternal storm.”
After being baptized, she discovered something strange and wonderful. She felt that she had been remade but not into a diﬀerent person, but rather becoming more fully herself. That the Christian life went beyond understanding theology and a new moral code and that of Sunday worship. That her attention was drawn back again and again to the Cross. It proves that if you are looking for God and you follow the truth, you will find the Catholic Church. Her name is Holly Ordway and her book is “Not God’s Type”.