CFI-LA’s FEED YOUR BRAIN Lecture Series presents
How I Lost My Religion—and Found Unexpected Peace
Sunday, April 19 –
11 a.m., Hollywood;
4:30 p.m. – Costa Mesa
After becoming a born-again Christian in his late 20s following personal problems, William Lobdell—a veteran journalist—saw that religion wasn’t covered well in the mainstream media, prayed for a religion beat at a major newspaper, and, in 1998, landed that beat with the Los Angeles Times. Yet, over the next eight years of inspiration, confusion, doubt, and soul-searching as his investigative reporting, experiences and evidence slowly chipped away at his faith, he started to fear that God didn’t exist and finally lost his faith. After being reassigned, he wrote a personal essay in 2007 that became an international sensation for its honest exploration of doubt.
Lobdell’s memoir is Losing My Religion: How I Lost My Faith Reporting on Religion in America — and Found Unexpected Peace. He earned several national awards for his L.A. Times’ work before leaving the beat in 2006. Lobdell also has been a visiting faculty member for 12 years at the University of California, Irvine.
WHEN: 11:00 a.m., Sunday, April 19th, 2009.
The Center for Inquiry-Los Angeles
4773 Hollywood Blvd.
Hollywood, CA 90027
The program will be repeated at 4:30 PM in Costa Mesa
Costa Mesa Community Center
1845 Park Ave.
Costa Mesa, CA 92627