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Nov 23, 2018 by Alyssa Duvall

Stephen Colbert Shares His Testimony Of Returning To Faith After Atheism

Stephen Colbert, "Late Show" host and master of political satire recalled in an interview last week on "Faith In Focus" with Rev. James Martin how a chance encounter on the street brought him back to his Roman Catholic faith after years of atheism.

“I had lost my faith in God, to my own great grief,” Colbert said of his time as an atheist, beginning in his early 20s. “I was sort of convinced that I had been wrong all this time, that I had been taught something that wasn’t true.” Colbert had also shared how the loss of his father and two brothers to a plane crash at just 10 years old greatly marred his faith.

It was a cold night in Chicago, Illinois, however, when one stranger handed him a little green pocket Bible. That Bible was indexed by topic, and Colbert turned to the page about anxiety, taking him to Matthew's gospel and Jesus’ words at the Sermon on the Mount:

“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? ... Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?”

Colbert said it was at that moment that he was “absolutely, immediately lightened” by Christ’s words. “I stood on the street corner in the cold and read the sermon. And my life has never been the same."

In another discussion, Martin asked Colbert, “who is God for you?”

“It’s Jesus Christ,” Colbert immediately replied. “Not an old man with a beard."

He added that he typically thinks of Jesus whenever he is asked that question, but “that image dissolves, as I try to subsume that image into the Trinity."

"If I can love, I can be free,” he said when asked what he most frequently prays for. “When I think of love, I think of God, and when I think of God, I think of love."

Colbert has featured several segments of his "Late Show" on CBS which focus heavily on religion in a positive light. He has also debated some notable atheist celebrities, such as fellow comedian Ricky Gervais, on issues such as God's existence, Creation, science, and religion.

Watch the full interview in the video below:



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