After I Deconverted: I Was A Radical Skeptic, Irrationalist, And Nihilist—But Felt Liberated

In a series of posts, I have been describing my former Christian life and beliefs, the stage by stage process of my deconversion from Christianity, and the ways that my predominantly Christian friends and family and I each took my deconversion. I am not done with all those stories yet, but because of other posts [Read More...]

When I Deconverted: I Was Not The Only One

When I deconverted, I was at one of the most seriously Christian of all reputable colleges in the country, and so nearly all of the friends I was living with there were Christians. And so I was constantly having the experience of telling people with whom I was close that I was abandoning the identity [Read More...]

When I Deconverted: My Closest Christian Philosopher Friends Remained My Closest Philosophical Brothers

October 30, 1999-present: Before becoming a non-believer, I was a serious evangelical Christian. So it was fitting (and possibly inevitable) that I had a dramatic deconversion moment the way many evangelicals have dramatic conversion moments. So there was a moment, on October 30, 1999, while flipping through The Portable Nietzsche when I decisively moved from the [Read More...]

When I Deconverted: Some Felt Betrayed

When I came out as an unbeliever at the end of my college career, one of the most disappointing rejections I initially encountered came from a family with whom I had been very close in high school. [Read more...]

Loving Doubt’s Journey To Atheism Part 1: “Mishearing God”

As Marty Pribble correctly notes, another major atheist YouTube video maker whom I unfortunately omitted (because I did not yet know her) when I made my list of Top 10 Favorite Atheist/Rationalist YouTube Channels a while back was Loving Doubt, who chronicled all the steps of her deconversion from being a Pentecostal Christian in her [Read More...]

How Did Rational Arguments Persuade You Out Of Belief?

One often hears the dubious claim that rational arguments cannot persuade any one to abandon their religious beliefs or their religious faith traditions.  I find when people perpetuate this idea they are usually trying to stop a debate that they find uncomfortable.  Sometimes people dismiss the possibility of rational persuasion in matters of belief because [Read More...]

Letting Go Of God

Julia Sweeney, of It’s Pat! from Saturday Night Live fame, has a film in which she describes her journey out of religion. Here is a trailer for the film: Here is a performance of the first 15 minutes of her stage show: Greta Christina recommends it as highly as possible: Sweeney is more than just [Read More...]