After Three Decades as an Ordained Minister, Syndicated Columnist Bob Ripley Comes Out as an Atheist

Rev. Bob Ripley was a minister for more than three decades, including 15 years spent as Senior Minister at Metropolitan United Church, a major Canadian congregation. He also wrote a syndicated column discussing religion for the past 25 years.

His most recent column, however, may raise a lot of eyebrows, because Ripley talks about how he no longer believes in God.

It’s a prelude to his forthcoming book Life Beyond Belief (not yet available online for some reason) explaining his deconversion:



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Becoming an Atheist Has Health Benefits

We’ve all heard the studies that show religion is good for your health.

Among other things, church-goers have less stress, are less likely to smoke or drink, have more self-esteem, and have stronger social support. The problem with these results is that it’s not necessarily church itself (or belief in the supernatural) that’s the key — it’s just being part of a tight-knit community. An atheist group that meets regularly, in other words, may provide many of the same benefits.

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Atheism: Just a Phase?

The video below, part of The Atheist Voice series, discusses the problem with saying atheism is “just a phase”:



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Former NFL Punter Chris Kluwe and Congressman Barney Frank Among Those Coming Out as “Openly Secular” in New Campaign

Earlier this year, a coalition of four secular organizations banded together to highlight and hopefully prevent cases of anti-atheist discrimination.

They called it Openly Secular:

Today, that campaign is getting a major boost with the launch of dozens of videos of secular activists talking about why they’re open about their (non-)beliefs. Two of those videos, featuring former Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe and former Congressman Barney Frank:

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So You’ve Left Islam… What Next?

Imtiaz Shams used to be a Muslim. He’s not anymore, and now he wants to help others who have left Islam but don’t quite know where to go from there.

In the third video of his trilogy, he focuses on what to do after you’ve moved on from Islam:



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