About a year into this unlikely journey I came to the conclusion that the weight of evidence was on the side of Christianity being true.
Although she’s now identifies as a Christian we find that Powers once had a very negative view of Christianity when she was an atheist, “just seven years ago, if someone had told me that I’d be writing for Christianity Today magazine about how I came to believe in God, I would have laughed out loud.If there was one thing in which I was completely secure, it was that I would never adhere to any religion —especially to evangelical Christianity, which I held in particular contempt As I teetered on the edge of disbelief, I called my father looking for reassurance.He expertly exposed the intellectual weaknesses of a purely secular worldview.I came to realize that even if Christianity wasn’t the real thing, neither was atheism.And then one morning I awoke from a dream in which Jesus had come to me and said, “Here I am.” I was overwhelmed and frightened because the experience was so real…
I tried to write off the experience as misfiring synapses, but I couldn’t shake it.
I had never heard anyone talk about the Bible, or Jesus, the way Keller did Each week, Keller made the case for Christianity.
He also made the case against atheism and agnosticism.
Instead, he confided to me that as much as he had struggled to believe—and at times had possessed a genuine, but fragile faith—he had come to the unhappy conclusion that God wasn’t real.
I was suddenly untethered, and I felt as though I could barely breathe.
I’ll never forget standing outside that apartment on the Upper East Side and saying to myself, “It’s true.