Former Pastor Ryan Bell Reflects on Life Without God, a Year After Coming Out

It was two years ago when Ryan Bell, a professor and former pastor of a Seventh-day Adventist church, announced that he would “try on” atheism and “live as if there is no God” for 12 months. Last year, he announced that he was an atheist.

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How’s he doing now? Here’s a glimpse of how things have changed for him:

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This is Why She Left the Jehovah’s Witnesses

A young woman named Sydney made this lovely, deeply personal video about why she no longer wants to belong to the Jehovah’s Witnesses.

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Watch This Short Irish Film About a Young Atheist Challenging Religious Authorities

A few days ago, I posted about a short Irish-language film about an eight-year-old atheist who challenges religious authorities. It’s called Rúbaí and it is still making the film festival rounds.

For the moment, though, the entire thing can be seen on YouTube. Watch it before it gets taken down:

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Book Featuring Jewish-Arab Love Story Banned in Israeli Classrooms

A Romeo and Juliet-like story featuring a Palestinian artist and an Israeli academic has been banned from the classroom by Israel’s government.

Dorit Rabinyan‘s book Gader Haya, known in English as Borderlife, won’t be included in the high school curriculum despite a push from teachers:

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The Problem with Conservative Christians and “Religious Liberty”

When it comes down to it, conservative Christians just don’t want to follow the laws they don’t like. They won’t come right out and say that, though. That’s why, when you listen to people like Gov. Mike Huckabee defending Kim Davis, you’ll see how self-contradictory their arguments really are.

Here’s an excellent look at this kind of flawed logic:

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