Former Skeptics

Former Skeptics 

To me, the motivators that persuade a skeptic to convert to belief are especially powerful. These former skeptics are not examples of deathbed conversions, nor are they intellectual light-weights, or persons easily lead in one direction or another like sheep. These persons are highly intelligent courageous thinkers who place the highest of values on the pursuit of truth.

Here are just some of the former skeptics whose stories and thoughts provide compelling evidence for belief in God and Eternal Life.

Richard E. Smalley - Richard Errett Smalley (June 6, 1943 – October 28, 2005) was the Gene and Norman Hackerman Professor of Chemistry and a Professor of Physics and Astronomy at Rice University, in HoustonTexas. In 1996, along with Robert Curl, also a professor of chemistry at Rice, and Harold Kroto, a professor at the University of Sussex, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for the discovery of a new form of carbon, buckminsterfullerene, also known as buckyballs. He was an advocate of nanotechnology and its applications.

Christianity during final years
Smalley, who had taken classes in religion as well as science at Hope College, rediscovered his Christian foundation in later life, particularly during his final years while battling cancer.[36] During the final year of his life, Smalley wrote: "Although I suspect I will never fully understand, I now think the answer is very simple: it's true. God did create the universe about 13.7 billion years ago, and of necessity has involved Himself with His creation ever since."[36]
At the Tuskegee University's 79th Annual Scholarship Convocation/Parents' Recognition Program he made the following statement regarding the subject of evolution while urging his audience to take seriously their role as the higher species on this planet. "'Genesis' was right, and there was a creation, and that Creator is still involved... We are the only species that can destroy the Earth or take care of it and nurture all that live on this very special planet. I'm urging you to look on these things. For whatever reason, this planet was built specifically for us. Working on this planet is an absolute moral code. ... Let's go out and do what we were put on Earth to do."[37] Old Earth creationist and astronomer Hugh Ross spoke at Smalley's funeral, November 2, 2005.[38]


C. S. Lewis was an Oxford educator and accomplished writer who became an atheist as a young man. Influenced by arguments made by Christian thinkers, Lewis, "...came into Christianity kicking and screaming." The reasoning for his beliefs have been articulated in many books, the most popular of which is titled "Mere Christianity". Click here to find C. S. Lewis Books

Lee Strobel was for many years as a hard-nosed journalist and atheist. As Strobel set out to confirm justification for his atheism, he unexpectedly, found that the evidence he encountered led him instead to the Christian faith. He is now a pastor, producer, and author of several very successful books. Click here to find Lee Strobel's works

Josh McDowell set out to disprove the Christian faith as a college student only to arrive, after many months of study, at the conclusion that Jesus Christ must have been who he claimed to be.  Click here to find Josh McDowell's books

Francis S. Collins M.D. Ph.D. is a physician-geneticist, famous for his landmark discoveries of disease genes, and his leadership of the Human Genome Project. An atheist at the completion of graduate school, Collins later became a believer as a result of philosophical and scientific considerations. His conversion and reasons for belief are detailed in his very readable book "The Language of God: A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief".  Click here to find Dr. Collin's books                                

Dr. Ralph O. Muncaster was an atheist with a skeptical nature and sharp critical thinking skills.  While doing research to dispute the Bible, Dr. Muncaster, was surprised to find evidence that supports the Bible's claims. As a result, Dr. Muncaster now helps those with skeptical minds as they seek the Evidence of God Click here for more information. Click here for Dr. Muncaster's Book                                      

Howard Storm was a college art professor and militant atheist until an incredibly vivid and powerful near-death-experience resulted in a radical change of life.  A change that compelled him to leave a successful career in academics,  and enter into Christian ministry.  Click here to find Pastor Storm's book

Dr. Hugh Ross was the youngest person ever to serve as director of observations for Vancouver's Royal Astronomical Society. After testing the scientific and historical data, Dr. Ross became convinced that the Bible is truly the Word of God.

Professor Antony Flew is a British philosopher, known for decades as one of the world's most outspoken and prominent atheists. Professor Flew expressed his deist views in 2007 with the release of his book (There is a God: How the World's Most Notorious Atheist Changed His Mind). Professor Flew's conversion was based primarily on the growing body of scientific evidence that points to the existence of a supreme creator.  Click here to find Dr. Flew's book

Allan R. Sandage is a famous scientist who had won numerous esteemed scientific awards. At age 50 he became a Christian. "I find it quite improbable that such order came out of chaos. There has to be some organizing principle. God to me is a mystery but is the explanation for the miracle of existence, why there is something instead of nothing." - Alan Sandage

Frank Tipler is Professor of Mathematical Physics. When Tipler began his career as a cosmologist some twenty years ago, he was an atheist. Tipler has since converted to Christianity and has authored the book "The Physics Of Christianity".  Click here to find Frank Tipler's books

Dr. Bernard Nathanson is a physician who has changed from being an influential pro-choice activist, to an influential pro-life activist, producing pro-life documentaries (The Silent Scream & Eclipse of Reason) and books (Aborting America & The Hand of God). In addition to changing his stance on abortion, he converted from a self described "Jewish Atheist" to the Christian faith.  Click here to find Dr. Nathanson's works

Malcolm Muggeridge was a British journalist, author, satirist, media personality, soldier, and spy. As a professed agnostic for most of his life, Muggeridge became a Christian, and in 1969 published several well-received books on the Christian faith (Jesus Rediscovered, The Man Who Lives, & A Third Testament).  Click here to find Malcolm Muggeridge's books

Alister McGrath is a Christian theologian with a Ph.D. in molecular biophysics, and a former atheist who converted to Christianity while at Oxford University.    Click here to find Alister McGrath's books

Anne Rice is a best-selling author of Gothic and spiritual books. Anne, a self-described atheist, returned to her Christian faith which she had not practiced since her adolescence. Rice has stated that she would "write only for the Lord" from this point forward.  Click here to find Anne Rice's books

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