Concerning the issue of ex-atheists, there have been some notable incidences of atheists converting to theism. Lee Strobel converted from atheism to Christianity and then became a Christian apologist. Before investigating the claims of Christianity, Strobel had obtained a undergraduate degree in journalism and also obtained a Master of Studies in Law degree from Yale Law School. Strobel was an award-winning legal editor of the Chicago Tribune, and he won Illinois’ top honors for investigative reporting (which he shared with a team he led) and public service journalism from United Press International. After a nearly a two year investigation of the evidence for Christianity, Strobel became a Christian.
Although Richard Dawkins declared he was an agnostic in 2006 and 2012, in 2002 Richard Dawkins publicly argued for the position of militant atheism and claimed that he will not feel anything after death.
C.S. Lewis abandoned his atheism and became a Christian and he was very much influenced by the writings of George MacDonald and G. K. Chesterton. In Surprised by Joy, Lewis says: "In reading Chesterton, as in reading MacDonald, I did not know what I was letting myself in for. A young man who wishes to remain a sound Atheist cannot be too careful of his reading. God is, if I may say it, very unscrupulous."
British philosopher Anthony Flew abandoned atheism and became an deist after as a result of the intelligent design issue. According to the news organization MSNBC, Flew became a deist because he believed a super-intelligence was the only good explanation for the origin of life and the complexity of nature. In 2006, Flew and 12 prominent academics urged that intelligent design be taught in British government schools.
The work of ex-atheist and psychologist Dr. Paul Vitz is often cited in regards to atheism. Dr. Vitz wrote the work Faith of the Fatherless which is a book which touches upon the subject of the causal factors in regards to atheism.
- Resources for leaving atheism and becoming a Christian
- Evidence for Christianity
- Ex-atheist testimonies of Christians
- Mailvox: Richard Dawkins is not an atheist!
- Richard Dawkins Says He's Agnostic -- NOT atheist - video testimony of Richard Dawkins saying he is not an atheist, but an agnostic
- Lewis, Surprised by Joy op cit.