Saturday, 25 January 2014 15:41

Atheist Convert: Richard Morgan

Atheist Convert

Richard Morgan

In his teens Richard Morgan was a Mormon missionary and in his young adult years became an atheist. After years participating in atheism discussions online he entered into full communion with the Catholic Church in 2012.

Growing up in the 1950's in a small village nestled sleepily in the hills of North Wales, I was sent to Sunday school in the local Congregationalist Church for much of my childhood. We were told Bible stories, sang songs and were given crayons to draw. That was the extent of my religious education.

When I was fourteen, I became seriously curious about religion so I went to see the chain-smoking, bachelor Congregationalist minister, thinking he might be able to answer some of my questions. I remember nothing of our conversation. I only recall emerging from his house with a copy of the Bhagavad Gita, my clothes reeking of cigarette smoke. I struggled several times to read the first two pages, gave up, then spent my entire adolescence boasting that I'd read the Bhagavad Gita (which sounded very "cool" in those days).

Two Mormon missionaries knocked at our door when I was fifteen. I was out at a violin lesson. My mother told them that she was too old to change, but that her son was interested in religion and they should come back one evening when I was home.

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