Transitioning from Minister to Atheist

Last month, the Arkansas Society of Freethinkers held a conference called Reason in the Rock and Teresa MacBain was one of the speakers. If you haven’t heard her talk about how she went from being a minister to becoming an atheist, it’s a wonderful and inspiring story:

***Update***: Jerry DeWitt gave a talk, too!

(via TheClergyProject)

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  • chicago dyke

    these sorts of stories always remind me of stories about coming out of the closet that gay people tell. i’m sorry it has to be so painful and difficult for some. 

  • Anne

    That’s why the secular movement has borrowed the successful, effective and metaphorically apt language of the LGBT community. The parallels are significant.

  • Robster

    The most amazing thing is that rational people fall for the nonsense in the first place. Jees, when you look at it, why would anyone volunteer to respect dogma that outlines who you can sleep with, what you can eat and when, insist that you observe a “holy” day to do nothing, that snakes talk and the rest of the obvious silliness of the whole fraud. I suppose it is a well tested fraud with a lot of experience in selling the nonsense, lots of bling and it is so ingrained in many cultures that escaping with your sanity in many places can be difficult.

  • machintelligence

    The last few minutes of Jerry DeWitt’s talk contain some pretty powerful preaching.

  • Kristina D

    To truly live in a Christ-like manner, Christians would be even more accepting of skeptics. As the stories go, Jesus was exactly that.

    I don’t know where it got so skewed along the way, but it’s been misinterpreted and abused to heck. 

    It reminds me of this video I recently came across– it’s a
    cute little song about how Jesus and his followers actually Occupy Jerusalem.


    Anyways, here it is:


    it has a point. 

  • bernardaB

    On Youtube you can find the 1972 documentary on child preacher Marjoe Gortner. His story is quite different and as an adult he went on the evangelist trail again to expose what he used to do and how the same tricks still work.

  • Spurrymoses

    I think 10 years. It took about 10 years after Jesus died for Jews to be persecuted – either for being unbelievers or for causing Jesus death.
    Historically, with all the hangings & burnings gone on since then, I’d rather be thinking when did this accepting attitude actually start?
    I wouldn’t like to deny that many most Christians are lovely people with the right attitude, but I don’t see the Christian holy books being clear enough to make that inevitable.