Kresta in the Afternoon – September 6, 2017 – Hour 1

+  Further Up and Further In: Lewis, Tolkien and My Journey to Christ (full hour)

  • Description: Holly Ordway was raised in a nonreligious home and for years was an atheist academic firmly convinced that faith was nothing but superstitious nonsense. She was well-educated and had no use for Christianity's thoughtlessness and triviality. Her views of the faith began to change when she studied the writings of JRR Tolkien and the great Christian poets. This started her down a path that eventually led her to the Catholic Church. She joins us with her story.
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    • Holly Ordway
      Holly Ordway is a professor of English and faculty in the M.A. in Apologetics at Houston Baptist University. Her journey from Atheism to Christ is told in her book "Not God's Type: An Atheist Academic Lays Down Her Arms" and is also included in the new book "From Atheism to Catholicism: Nine Converts Explain their Journey Home." Visit
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    • Not God’s Type: An Atheist Academic Lays Down Her Arms

      This is the story of a glorious defeat. Ordway, an atheist academic, was convinced that faith was superstitious nonsense. As a well-educated college English professor, she saw no need for just-so stories about God. Secure in her fortress of atheism, she was safe (or so she thought) from any assault by irrational faith. But then something happened . . . How did she come to "lay down her arms" in surrender to Christ – and then, a few years later, enter into the Catholic Church? This is the moving account of her unusual journey. It is the story of an academic becoming convinced of the truth of Christianity on rational grounds – but also the account of God's grace acting in and through her imagination. It is the tale of an unfolding, developing relationship with God, told with directness and honesty – and of a painful surrender at the foot of the Cross. It is the account of a lifelong, transformative love of reading – and the story of how a competitive fencer put down her sabre to pick up the sword of the Spirit. Above all, this book is a tale of grace, acting in and through human beings but always issuing from God and leading back to Him. And it is the story of a woman being brought home. "Dr. Ordway's wonderful journey of faith shows us the necessity of engaging both the mind and the imagination when presenting the Gospel to a secular world. Never before have I read an author who could artfully weave together the philosophical arguments for the existence of God, the historical evidence for Christ's resurrection, and the case for the Catholic Church all within a heartfelt narrative that was so good I read it in one sitting." — Trent Horn, Author, Answering Atheism "A fascinating and compelling narrative; a story of discovery, adventure and eventual homecoming, all told with verve and honesty. Holly bears witness to the way in which great literature does not simply entertain or edify us, it can also bring us true revelation and renewal." — Malcolm Guite, Girton College, Cambridge "Not only is this testimony of faith beautifully written, it is a compelling story of what a precocious child and a young atheist actually thought. In the end, her passionate commitment to truth and beauty, especially through the great literature she read, won out, and Holly gave in to the One in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and truth." — Dr. Robert Sloan, President , Houston Baptist University (learn more)

    • From Atheism to Catholicism

      This collection of testimonies by nine former atheists who found new life in the Catholic Church is one of the most helpful tools for cultivating the faith ever crafted! Here you'll meet:

      • The atheistic Jew who sparked the conversion of a fellow atheist, and led him into the priesthood.
      • The Nietzsche-loving bodybuilder whose atheism was upended by St. Thomas Aquinas.
      • The hardened, anti-Catholic, neo-Nazi convict who shed his vices and became a celebrated Catholic author.
      • The commune-dwelling hippie socialist who is now a happy Catholic husband and father.
      • The once militant, gay atheist who is now "Christ's willing captive".
      And other prominent members of our Church who, in our generation, have escaped the swamp of atheistic relativism and embraced Holy Mother Church! Dramatic and thought-provoking, these intensely personal stories refute virtually every atheistic objection to God while explaining the arguments and events that eventually led them into the Catholic Church. Here you'll encounter proofs for the faith that will confirm your own faith and help you explain it to others, including to atheists. Read and learn:
      • The irrefutable testimony of conscience.
      • Proof that faith is not blind.
      • The facts that baffle evolutionists.
      • The overwhelming failures of materialism.
      • Proof that the Church herself is a miracle.
      • Why consideration of the Big Bang leads to the conversion of so many souls.
      • How both Mary and the male priesthood are not arguments against the Church, but evidence of her holiness.
      • How in all critical areas, the Catholic position is logical, historical, and definitive.
      • Plus scores of other arguments to pry even stubborn souls away from their atheism and show them the beauty of our Faith.
      Along the way, you will come to learn about proven convert-makers: Thomas Aquinas, Cardinal Newman, Gerard Manley Hopkins, T.S. Eliot, C.S. Lewis, Alexander Solzhenitsyn, the beauty of religious art, the study of the Early Church, . . . and about proven convert-making habits: pious reading, one-on-one conversations, and, above all, prayer and Christian example (are you openly Christian?). These inspiring pages will bring believers gratitude to God for the faith He has given them, and will give them strong new tools to help them stand up proudly for it. Readers struggling with faith will gain new strength to persevere in their search for God, and will be armed with brief prayers to help them do so. Even hard-core atheists will be jarred out of their complacency. All will be moved by the honest drama of these good men and women who, despite many obstacles, chose to be faithful to the truth, and to follow it wherever it led them, even into the arms of the Church! (learn more)

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