Thomistic Bent

Dr. Holly Ordway wrote the book Not God’s Type: A Rational Academic Finds A Radical Faith (Moody Publishers, 2010). In it, she tells the story of her rise in academic circles and her entrenchment as an intellectual atheist.

At thirty-one years old, I was an atheist college professor–and I delighted in thinking of myself that way. I got a kick out of being an unbeliever; it was fun to consider myself superior to the unenlightened, superstitious masses, and to make comments about Christians.

She then describes a change that happened in her life. The surprising thing is the clarity and openness that she describes the feelings that came over her as she was changed. The description is almost a reluctant change, one that she admits was unexpected and unwelcome, yet as it happened she seems to be, as Dr. C. S. Lewis described, surprised by joy. After becoming curious about Christianity…

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