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I am age 78, once a Catholic priest for five years (in the 1960's), then a math teacher for 44 years up to the present day. I became an atheist a few years ago. My hobbies are music and chess.
Wow! Edward, you speak with great clarity and wisdom. I can’t believe it took 4 months of 1968 to get a suitable gig. Well done and thank you. You would have been an effective purveyor of religious fraud had you stuck with it.
So if you only became an atheist a few years ago, what would you have considered yourself in between your years as a priest and your years as an atheist? Were you still religious at all?
During those years I lived a secular life, hardly every thinking about religion or about any god.
My curiosity is aroused by your statement that your parents were not religious. As someone who believes free will to be illusion, I can’t help wondering what life circumstances may have caused you to be inclined toward the priesthood. I have viewed with interest quite a few of your videos, but I don’t recall one touching on that issue.
In the early part of my YouTube video “Edward Tarte–Catholic Church’s Grip on Me In The Seminary”, I give a rather brief answer to your question.
Thanks. Very interesting. After finding This Is the Faith by Canon Francis Ripley on Amazon, I did a bit of searching on the web and discovered that it first appeared in 1951. Thus, I presume that is the one. No Kindle version yet, so I’ll have to pass.
As always, an interesting story. I have seen several relatives come under the grip of strong religion – and never get out from under it. You are lucky to have escaped!
Your life story as well as your recent YouTube presence has been very meaningfull. Life is a journey and thank you for sharing yours with us. It is sad that some religions only value lives lived in certain prescribed ways and employ fear to perpetuate their existence. Thank you for calling this out.
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