You always hear stories about people like Kirk Cameron or Lee Strobel who say they *used* to be atheists but then found Jesus because of the facts.And then you hear their facts and it boils down to something silly like “I studied the Bible and realized it’s totally true!” Just like that. Or “I looked at the evidence and Jesus totally came back from the dead.” I always wonder if they were serious atheists or just apathetic about the whole thing. But here’s a question for you: Do real, vocal, active atheists ever find God? And if they do, what the hell is going on?The quick answer is yes. It happens. Not often, but sometimes. But when it does, the reasons are never very convincing.There’s a famous case of a philosopher named Antony Flew who was a vocal atheist for most of his life. Near the end of it, in his 80s, he admitted he believed in God, but only in a Deistic sort of way. Essentially, he felt there had to be an explanation for why we’re here and God, to him, seemed like the best option. Flew didn’t believe in the afterlife and he didn’t really buy into the whole Jesus thing, but he felt the idea of a Higher Power made some sense. He said in an interview that he believed in an “inoffensive inactive god.”So let’s admit: He is no Pat Robertson or Rick Warren. He still thought they were wrong. But that didn’t stop Christians from claiming him as one of their own.If there are conversion stories, they are few and far between. The reasons always seem to be a mix of “There are things I can’t explain” so I guess God makes sense. And by the way, it’s really rare for people to leap from atheism to a specific religion, because how exactly do you make the case for Jesus resurrecting, or turning into a wafer, or a virgin birth, or a talking snake, or that birth control is evil?When they do switch teams, it’s often because a certain kind of church just makes them feel more at home. It gives them hope. It makes them feel good.In other words, nothing that has to do with facts or reason. Those tools are still ours.