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.
Our latest podcast guest is Eric, a writer currently living in Chicago. He was raised in California in the Worldwide Church of God, a Christian organization that is now known as Grace Communion International and has been considered by many to be a cult.
Jessica spoke with him about his upbringing in the church, how it affected his childhood, and how he ultimately left it all behind. (We apologize for the sound quality in this episode! The audio equipment wasn’t working properly so we had to resort to alternate means.)
A lot of teenagers who just spent a semester at college may now be coming back home for the holidays without the religious label they had when they still lived at home. What should their parents do about it?
Maybe the most eye-popping part of his piece is that he was a Christian trying to help his wife remain equally devout, when he saw that Ken Ham and Bill Nye would be debating Creationism vs. Evolution. He thought that conversation would be the perfect way to convince her that religion and science were indeed compatible.
Then he heard Ken Ham talk.