Open Thread: For Former Christians

I was asked to create this open thread in e-mail, and I'm doing so. From that e-mail:I would like to have an open thread for people who have been Christians for a long time (preferably more than 10 years) and then decided it was not true to post their reasons for their decision. I think this may help me sort things out by weighing their reasons against my reasons and thinking the whole matter through.I don't know how many people there may be on this site who fit that description, but if … [Read more...]

Nothing Behind the Altar

Last month, the Los Angeles Times published a story titled "Religion beat became a test of faith". The author, William Lobdell, described himself as a "serious Christian" - raised Episcopal, later a born-again evangelical, still later a convert to Roman Catholicism at his wife's urging - who believed it was God's plan to use him to write stories that would portray faith as respectable and serious.Lobdell's unquestioning faith in the Church first began to waver in 2001, when he covered the … [Read more...]

You Do Not Deserve Hell

I've recently been reading a wonderful blog, Sailing to Byzantium, a passionate, honest account of one person's journey from religion into searching, into skepticism, and finally (in just the last week or two) into atheism. The author, Kullervo, was born and raised Mormon, but after a long struggle, has decided - and not lightly - to walk away from the church of his past and ultimately out of religion altogether, and he's been chronicling his steps in that journey.This is the real thing, … [Read more...]

An Address to Hispanic Freethinkers

This year, I made a New Year's resolution to learn Spanish. In a world of many cultures, I've always felt somewhat embarrassed that I never learned to speak another language, and with the increasing influence of Hispanic people and culture in the United States, Spanish was a rational choice. Both while going to graduate school and working in multicultural New York City, there have been times it would have helped me to speak it, and the next time the opportunity comes, I intend to be prepared. So … [Read more...]

New on Ebon Musings: Into the Clear Air

A new essay, "Into the Clear Air", has been posted on Ebon Musings. The article details the four common stages of deconversion and offers help and guidance to people in the process of losing their religion.This is an open thread. Comments and feedback are welcome. … [Read more...]

A Personal Journey to Atheism

One of the questions I am frequently asked is how I came to be an atheist. Personally, I don't place a high emphasis on the details of deconversion - whether it happens gradually or in a Damascus Road-like flash is not relevant to me - and since I did not have an intense religious upbringing to break away from as many deconverts do, I thought my personal testimony would not contribute greatly to those already out there. Nevertheless, I thought it good to write it down once and for all, so as to … [Read more...]

An Inspiring Story

Sheryl Kay. "Ex-minister walks atheist path." The St. Petersburg Times, February 17, 2006.His message is clear: Jesus is not coming. Not today. Not ever.At 59, James Young has spent almost a decade sharing his atheist beliefs with the public, driving every Wednesday morning from his home in Lithia to set up a tent at the University of South Florida Bull Market.Even on the coldest morning, Young is there, ready to share, and sometimes debate, his views with anyone who will listen that there … [Read more...]


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