Jennifer Fulwiler, atheist-turned Catholic apologist, runs Conversion Diary , a beautifully executed and winsome blog chronicling what its like to be part of an orthodox faith after a life of nonbelief. Several weeks back, she posted an audio file of her riveting yet refreshingly unvarnished conversion story.
Another good audio byte is here , where she recounts how her cultivated pro-choice mystique was, as the saying goes, mugged by reality. Another excellent post can be found here , where Fulwiler recounts a first encounter with a real Christian”that is, a Christian who didnt fit the received caricature so common in secular culture:
One evening in college some friends and I were sitting around in my dorm room, getting ready to head out to go to a party, when the phone rang. Caller ID showed that it was yet another telemarketer. Our number had been inundated with sales calls, and I was getting sick of it. We had some time to kill before we needed to leave, so I decided to have some fun with the telemarketer for my friends amusement.
I motioned for everyone to get quiet, clicked the speakerphone button, and answered the call. Immediately a middle-aged-sounding man began his pitch, announcing that he was with a local home services company and asking me leading questions about my carpet cleaning needs.
Doing a horrible imitation of an east Texas accent, I interrupted him to say, I dont believe in cleaning carpets.
He paused. Excuse me?
Sir, that kind of thing is against my religion, I said in a lecturing voice. The idea came to me to play the role of a religious zealot, to see if I could get the telemarketer to be the first one to hang up if I launched into a hellfire and brimstone lecture about how carpet cleaners were from the devil. Boy, wouldnt my friends think that was hilarious me, the consummate atheist, playing the character of a religious nut!
Read the rest here .