BoingBoing has a post about William Lobdell, a religion reporter for the LA Times who has lost his faith as a result of covering the religion beat. The article tells how he was a born again Christian who studied to convert to Catholicism in 2001. At that time he began covering the sexual abuse scandals in the Catholic Church. Then he began covering TBN and Benny Hinn, and the closing line of the BoingBoing post is this:
Given his circumstances, I can't say I blame him - if all I knew of Christianity was what I found on TBN and from Benny Hinn and if I was up to here in the sexual abuse scandals of the Roman Catholic Church I wouldn't want to be a part of that either.
At the same time, maybe I can blame him, at least a little, and I don't mean that in a condemning way at all. But it appears to me that he either didn't know where to look or chose not to look at plenty of examples of authentic Christianity.
Maybe this where being a reporter may have hurt - the stuff of genuine Christianity isn't likely to make the newspapers or TV, it's not sensationalistic enough. One can only hope that some day he'll be exposed to genuine Christianity and come to realize that the faith he has rejected is a counterfeit faith, and there is a real one out there.
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