Facebook Founder Meets Texas Pastors: Is Mark Zuckerberg Drawing Closer To Christianity After Abandoning Atheism?

Pastors and other religious leaders from Waco, Texas meet with Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg (left, back facing camera) on Jan. 19, 2017.(Facebook/Mark Zuckerberg)

Is Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg seeing the light of Christianity and being drawn to it?

First, he declared that he's no longer an atheist. Now, he has met with pastors of a church in Texas to learn more about their ministries and how they serve the people.

In a recent Facebook post, Zuckerberg wrote that he "met with ministers in Waco who are helping their congregations find deeper meaning in a changing world."

He said the meeting helped him "understand just how important community is, and how we're all just looking for something we can trust."

"We may come from different backgrounds, but we all want to find purpose and authenticity in something bigger than ourselves," the 32-year-old billionaire added.

Aaron Zimmerman, an Episcopal priest from Waco, Texas said he and other religious leaders were stunned to learn that they would be meeting Zuckerberg on Jan. 18, the Baptist Press reported.

"You could have knocked me over with a feather," said Zimmerman, the rector at St. Alban's Episcopal Church.

He said they were doubly surprised when Zuckerberg told them that he came not to give a speech but to ask questions and listen.

"The clergy spoke 90 percent of the time. That impressed me a lot," Zimmerman said.

As Christian Today previously reported, Zuckerberg posted a message on Facebook last month announcing that he has abandoned atheism.

In a post wishing everyone a "Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah," Zuckerberg answered a commenter who asked why he wrote the greeting, asking, "But aren't you atheist?"

Zuckerberg responded with a definitive "no," adding, "I was raised Jewish and then I went through a period where I questioned things, but now I believe religion is very important."

Before that, Zuckerberg labelled himself an atheist on his Facebook profile. Later, however, he removed his religious preference from his page, according to Patheos.

The first inkling of Zuckerberg's apparently evolving spirituality came in August last year when he and his wife met Pope Francis in Vatican City.

In a statement he posted on Facebook about that Vatican meeting, Zuckerberg said he and Pope Francis talked about efforts to help poorer communities connect to the Internet.

"We told him how much we admire his message of mercy and tenderness, and how he's found new ways to communicate with people of every faith around the world," wrote Zuckerberg.