On Thursday, The New York Times published a story by Mark Oppenheimer about Bart Campolo, son of celebrated religious writer/speaker, Tony Campolo, and his journey to unbelief. According to Campolo the Younger, the catalyst for his rejection of Christianity was a bike wreck in 2011.
Hearing this intrigued me for reasons that will be obvious to regular readers of this blog. Fifteen months ago I, too, had a cycling accident, but where Bart Campolo’s wreck became the centerpiece for his dramatic de-conversion story, my wreck did nothing of the sort. What gives?
You can read the Times piece here. As you read it, see if you come to the same conclusion as I did: that Bart Campolo may have been, at one time, religious, but it doesn’t sound like he was ever much of a believer in Jesus Christ. I don’t say this to be mean or petty. Rather, I say it because, according to Campolo himself, he never really believed some of the fundamental doctrines of the Christian faith. De-conversion? I say not. It seems to me that his cycling accident only served as a nice launching point for his new career as a pied piper who leads others away from the hope of eternal life.