Coming from a secular agnostic family background, I have been an atheistic materialist and naturalist for most of my life until my late thirties, and was only interested in nature
and natural sciences. Due to my interest in modern physics (cosmology, relativity theory, and quantum mechanics) I came to realize fundamental philosophical problems concerning time, causality,
and the effectiveness of mathematics, which were supplemented by the hard problem of consciousness. After more than a decade of philosophical/metaphysical search for a coherent
world view involving temporary commitments to various views like panentheistic neopaganism, integral thought (Ken Wilber), process thought (Whitehead), neoplatonism with objective idealism (John
Leslie), deism, and non-denominational theism, I finally became a dedicated convert to Catholic Christianity in my early fifties, after a few troublesome years of residual doubt with epicycles of
belief and unbelief. The decision for Catholicism rather than evangelical Protestantism was based on a thorough research on the claims, doctrines, history, Biblical support, and apologetic
arguments for both denominations. My conversion to Christianity did not involve blind faith in scripture, but was purely based on reason and a careful and critical evaluation of
empirical and historical evidence (e.g., concerning the reliability of the Gospels and the historicity of the resurrection) as well as philosophical arguments.