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Fredric Heidemann

Catholic Writer

Fredric lives with his wife and their daughter in the Lansing, Michigan area, where he also works as an attorney. Born and raised in an atheist family, Fredric dismissed religion until his late teenage years when he abandoned atheism. He entered the Catholic Church in 2006 during his freshman year of college and loves sharing his story.


Fredric Heidemann Latest Blog Posts

I Was an Atheist Until I Read “The Lord of the Rings”

by Fredric Heidemann . September 10, 2018 . 13 Comments

I grew up in a loving, comfortable atheist household of professional scientists. My dad was a lapsed Catholic, and my mom was a lapsed Lutheran. From the time that I could think rationally on the subject, I did not belie...

The Irresistible Beauty That Draws Atheists to God

by Fredric Heidemann . September 05, 2018 . 5 Comments

I am grateful that Word on Fire has brought “leading with beauty” to the fore of Catholic evangelization. Beauty is a universal human experience that is impossible to ignore. It often plays a crucial role in ...

Building Catholicism, Literally

by Fredric Heidemann . August 07, 2018 . 0 Comments

Several months ago, I had the pleasure of attending Mass with my family at St. John the Baptist Cathedral in Savannah, Georgia and taking a tour of Flannery O’Connor’s childhood home, which sits across a smal...

What Makes Hardened Atheists Believe in God?

by Fredric Heidemann . February 19, 2018 . 0 Comments

Almost everyone will encounter a rigid atheist at some point. This kind of person rejects even the most compelling apologetics and is unpersuaded by the classic arguments for God’s existence. He or she dismisses ev...

The Pew Religious Survey No One is Talking About

by Fredric Heidemann . December 15, 2017 . 16 Comments

No doubt to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, the Pew Research Center released a study on U.S. and European Catholic-Protestant relations. And I must say, this was a rare instance where I d...