Stephen Colbert is a self-professed practicing Catholic, but in a candid interview with Faith in Focus the “Late Show” host reveals that there was a time in his life when he became “convicted oF [his] atheism ” and turned away from the faith in which he was raised.
“I had lost my faith in God, to my great grief,” he explained. “I was sort of convinced that I had been wrong all this time that I had been taught something that wasn’t true.”
It was 1986 when he was 22, and walking down a Chicago street when “somebody handed me a little, green New Testament Proverbs and Psalms,” he said.
“And I open it up to a little glossary in the front and it said verses to read based upon if you [have] anxiety,” he said.
As Colbert recalled, he read a passage from Matthew, and felt immediately “lightened” after reading it.
“For the first time I understood the real meaning of the phrase, it spoke to me. Like it read off the page. The words of Christ read off the page. There was no effort. I stood on that street corner in the cold and read that sermon. And my life has never been the same,” Colbert said.
“This gift of religion is something that can only be given in this way,” he added. “And therefore you should be humble and accept this act of love. And see what it is they gave you without rejecting it.”