Who Am I?

I’m Steve Skojec. I’ve been a professional writer for over a decade, and in addition to my own websites and publication, my commentary has appeared in in The New York Times, USA Today, The Washington Post, The Washington Times, Crisis Magazine, EWTN, Huffington Post Live, The Fox News Channel, Foreign Policy, and the BBC.

In 2014, I founded a non-profit Catholic publication called OnePeterFive that quickly became one of the most-read traditionally-minded Catholic websites in the world.

But after seven years of examining the crisis in the Catholic Church in much closer detail than I ever had before, I began realizing that all the pieces didn’t really fit the narrative I had always believed. Not everything I’d long taken for granted as true held up to scrutiny. Like so many others in the past few years, I lost faith in the institutions and experts I formerly turned to to make sense of things, and felt cut adrift. Before long, I realized that I neither had enough information to recite a creed with conviction, nor to claim with confidence that God did or did not exist. I was left, instead, in a liminal space between belief and unbelief, certainty and doubt, and the existential questions that began springing forth in the absence of the so-called “certitude of faith” have sent me on a journey of exploration, and sometimes angst.

In 2021, I stepped down from 1P5 and started writing at this Substack as a means of exploring the questions about our existence I felt constrained to tiptoe around within my previously narrow religious perspective. Among those questions are the usual — why are we here, what is our purpose, how do we better understand and master ourselves, etc. But it also includes my growing fascination with the intersection of culture and tech (including AI) and the unnerving amount of weird and unexplained events and experiences that tend to slip through the cracks for “normies” — UFOs, paranormal phenomena, the mysteries of history, strange discoveries of science, and more.

I have a growing sense we’re at an absolutely fascinating turning point in the human story, where our understanding of the way the universe works is about to be fundamentally changed. The timing of my shift away from traditional religious views has turned out to be oddly synchronous with my awareness of the need to grapple without restraint with the realities of this epochal change.

In day to day terms, I’m a husband and a father to a large family. My wife Jamie and I have eight children, seven of whom are still at home, and live with us in the weird and wonderful state of Arizona.

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You are the best writer around - so eclectic and NEVER dull!” - PJ Moore

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I’ve followed you for years and find your journey interesting. I went through a major life-crisis myself, though different from yours. But I know what an unbearable existential crisis feels like … I acknowledge your sincerity in your current journey.” - Walter Emerson (Adams)

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Steve Skojec 

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