To my friends and colleagues at the college where I teach, I’m the Wrong-Way Corrigan of the twenty-first century. Seven years ago, at the age of fifty-three, I left my lifelong atheism behind and joined the Catholic Church. At a time when those who declare themselves atheists were vigorously insisting that religion is a delusion that educated people must no longer tolerate, my conversion seemed at best an instance of academic apostasy. Now, seven years later, the...
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