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.


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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Podcast Ep. 87: Eric, a Former Member of the Worldwide Church of God

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.)

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What Should Parents Do if Their Child is Now an Atheist?

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?

August Brunsman of the Secular Student Alliance has some excellent advice for the ones who may not know how to deal with their newly non-religious kids.

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When This Christian Watched the Ken Ham/Bill Nye Debate, His Faith Began Fading Away

Sal Villarreal helped found the Secular Latino Alliance and has a great post about his personal journey up at Medium.

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.

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