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The Convert Conundrum

The long parade of worldly believers.

May 17, 2010, Vol. 15, No. 33 • By MARY EBERSTADT
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The question of why so many thinking people cross the convert Rubicon even now—or perhaps especially now—is just one of the many imponderables raised by even a brief consideration of religious conversion stories. It also reminds us that there is more on heaven and earth than is dreamed of in the philosophy of our celebrity Christian-bashers—as the departed Antony Flew, however belatedly and with whatever qualifications, would roundly have agreed.

Mary Eberstadt is a research fellow at the Hoover Institution, consulting editor to Policy Review, contributing writer to First Things, and author of The Loser Letters: A Comic Tale of Life, Death, and Atheism.

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