So, Leah's a Catholic
I have to be honest- I'm not shocked by this. Surprised, absolutely- I did not wake up this morning thinking the next Unequally Yoked post I read would be in Patheos' Catholic portal. But Leah has held what I consider internally inconsistent beliefs for quite some time (and she knew it). I've been quite vocal about the fact that I can't rectify virtue ethics (or really any other ethical system) and the materialism I think necessarily follows from Atheism, so I'm not surprised that someone who I agree with a lot couldn't rectify them either. She's just a lot more sure of the former than I am.
That said, this is a staunch departure from some of her comments as recently as 8 months ago. I'm really interested to see how she goes about dealing with all of the reasons she's given in the past for why Catholicism isn't compelling to her.
In point of fact, she seems concerned with much different features of religion than I am- she is concerned mostly with morality and telos, whereas I spend a lot more time looking at the less attractive parts of various religions (like the Old Testament, or the Buddhist doctrine of detachment, etc.) under the assumption that if you reject one pillar of a given religion, you must reject the entire religion. I don't know that one method is categorically better than the other, but I am really interested to see how she defends her new position.
Ultimately, I'm really excited for Leah. I legitimately hope she's found truth- but even if she hasn't, this will be a tremendous learning experience for her (My understanding is that she's a cradle Atheist, but I could be wrong there). I obviously don't think she's right- at least not at the moment- but I've read enough of her blog to be convinced that she is legitimately looking for truth. And if her search for truth has lead her down a path that I don't quite agree with, then at the very least it should be taken as a clue to me to take the position seriously.
I know from personal experience how hard a conversion can be. You need a certain level of intellectual honesty to admit that you've been wrong your whole life. For someone as well known and influential as her, I'm sure it was even more difficult than I realize in light of the reaction she knew her hundreds of Atheist readers would have. That takes a great deal of moral fortitude.
I'll certainly be challenging her on her new beliefs in the coming months, but for today, I'll just say good for her. I don't agree with her conclusion, but I do agree with the way she went about getting there- and I'm definitely rooting for her.