So any questions I might have had were because God was so intelligent and far above me that I couldn’t understand what he was saying. I only began soul-searching when my friend (now husband) began asking me questions that I couldn’t answer.
I’m far freer and happier than I was in my guilt-inducing Bible days.
The following is a post I found on the blog Unreasonable Faith. It is refreshing to see how older skeptics have offered support and encouragement to younger skeptics just emerging from a variety of faiths. The number of intelligent young deconverts who are leaving their faiths for reasons well-considered is quite exciting. I recommend reading the original post and comments found at the link below.
Hi everyone. I’m the student who wrote the letter posted above. I wanted to thank you all for your tremendous support. I wrote this letter to Daniel late last night, curious for his and the community’s responses. I had expected only a few comments, but I was totally surprised to see close to 100 replies!
As I had mentioned before, losing my community troubles me the most. I’m comforted to see that others have traveled along this same path. I’ll look into charitable organizations. Upon some of your suggestions, I might even try an atheist/agnostic group once I get out of school. Who knows, there may be a group for ex-Christians in my area since I’m in the Bible Belt.
There’s one important thing I’ve learned in my deconversion process that I forgot to mention in my letter. Continue reading →
While this demonstrates the Bible does not reconcile with history, the strongest arguments against the claims of Christianity are the logical inconsistencies such as the claim that we deserve Hell for sins wholly emergent of a nature that we did not choose. If it was God’s or Adam’s choice that gave us a sin nature, then to say that acting upon that nature is culpable is illogical. If there are logical inconsistencies, any proposed historical evidences of the truth of Christianity can be dismiss unexamined as we can dismiss the notion of a square triangle before examining any alleged physical evidence for one. Peruse the category of “counter-apologetics” found in the column on the right for more on these logical failures of Christianity.
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Last week, a bright young former Evangelical who has recently garnered quite a bit of attention on Youtube invited viewers to send him questions. So I asked him “What emotional ties to Christianity made it most difficult to deconvert?” The following is a transcript of his response. Continue reading →
If buying a $5 lottery ticket every day made someone you cared about happy, would you go out of your way to dissuade them from wasting their time and money?
I would. It’s not that I feel under any obligation to do so, but rather out of a deep sadness when speculating who that person could become if they only diverted that wasted time, money and cognitive resources towards education or self-improvement.
This is the attitude underpinning my efforts to encourage the relinquishing of ideological assumptions and the reassessment of commitments to a particular religious faith or ideology. Continue reading →