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From Atheism to Catholicism

How does an atheist come to believe in God? Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson as they speak with Dr. Holly Ordway about her contribution to the book From Atheism to Catholicism to find out what drew her to the Catholic Church.

Topics/Questions Covered in the Show:

  • What did Dr. Ordway's childhood look like in terms of the practice of Christianity?
  • What influence did The Chronicles of Narnia and The Lord of the Rings have on Dr. Ordway's conversion?
  • How can atheists explain the innate sense of morality and goodness in people who aren't Christian?
  • Was there a personal witness in Dr. Ordway's life who helped her better understand Christianity?
  • Were there any Christian witnesses who pushed her further away from the Christian faith?
  • How can someone approach an atheist about Christianity in a respectful and effective way?


What is Divine Intimacy Radio?

The Divine Intimacy Radio Show is a haven of rest and wellspring of spiritual life for those seeking intimacy with God and the enlightened path of Catholic mystical and ascetical wisdom.

Twice a week, Dan Burke and Melissa Elson explore topics related to the interior life and Catholic teaching. On Tuesdays, they interview various people about their spiritual books and other resources, and about their own insights into those resources. On Fridays, they get specific on subjects which, primarily include prayer, overcoming sin, spiritual direction, meditation, contemplation, virtue, and holiness.

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About Dan Burke

Dan is the President of the Avila Foundation, the parent organization of SpiritualDirection.com, the Avila Institute for Spiritual Formation, Divine Intimacy Radio and Divine Intimacy Radio - Resources Edition, Into the Deep Parish Programs, the Apostoli Viae (Apostles of the Way) Community, the High Calling Seminary Preparation Program, and the FireLight Student Leadership Formation Program, author of the award-winning book, Navigating the Interior Life - Spiritual Direction and the Journey to God, Finding God Through Meditation-St. Peter of Alcantara, 30 Days with Teresa of Avila, Into the Deep, Living the Mystery of Merciful Love: 30 Days with Thérèse of Lisieux, and his newest book The Contemplative Rosary with St. John Paul II and St. Teresa of Avila. In 2018, he launched the annual Avila Summit held at Hanceville, Alabama. Beyond his "contagious" love for Jesus and His Church, he is a grateful husband, father of four, and grandfather of one, the President and Chief Operating Officer of EWTN News, Inc., a regular co-host on Register Radio, a writer, speaker and pilgrimage director who provides online spiritual formation and travels to share his conversion story and the great riches that the Church provides us through authentic Catholic spirituality. Dan has been featured on EWTN's Journey Home program and numerous radio programs.

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