She Gave Up Her Religion and Gained So Much More

Amy Cools grew up Catholic and shed her faith later in life. In a fantastic essay, she talks about how she finally left her bubble and what it taught her:



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How Christians Reacted After Ex-Pastor Ryan Bell All But Confirmed He’s an Atheist

Via Bo Gardiner, we learn how upset some Christians were to learn that Ryan Bell‘s year-long “experiment” with atheism seems to have ended in the ex-shepherd’s conclusion that he does, indeed, no longer believe in God.

A commenter at the Christian Post fumed:

“This is nothing more than rebellion, and at the expense of many of the rest of us. What selfishness and irresponsibility, no matter what the personal struggle.

You need the Christian religion (and yes, Christianity is a religion, the true religion) to worship God, and God must be worshiped.

Those who have entered into a genuine relationship with Christ Jesus are the most loving people.”

As we see on this blog virtually every day.



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A Year After Giving Atheism a Try, Former Pastor Ryan Bell Admits: “I Don’t Think That God Exists”

It was almost a year 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.

I didn’t agree with his methodology at the time. I felt like he was just exploring an alternative option, not actually “becoming” an atheist. Hell, most atheists don’t even read books by Richard Dawkins or attend gatherings with other non-believers, so how would doing those things give Bell a real sense of what being an atheist was like?

But he got a taste of what being an atheist was like much sooner than expected. Less than a week after announcing his experiment, Bell was fired by his Christian employers at Azusa Pacific University and Fuller Theological Seminary because, according to Bell, “They simply feel they cannot have me as a part of the faculty while I’m am in this year long process.”

Readers of this site came through in a big way and helped raise more than $27,000 for his family as they coped with this sudden unemployment.

That year has come to an end. So what has Bell decided about God?

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The Pastor Trying Out Atheism for a Year is Coming to the End of His Journey

It was almost a year ago when Ryan Bell decided to “try out” atheism. I didn’t agree with his methodology at the time, but when he got fired by his Christian employers for merely questioning his faith, you all came through and helped raise more than $27,000 for his family.

Yesterday, the LA Times ran a front page story about Bell as he comes to the end of his year-long journey:



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Today, I’m Saying Goodbye to My Old Self

This is a guest post.

Many of you know me as Dave Muscato, the Public Relations Director for American Atheists.

I’m fortunate to work in a movement where we embrace the idea of coming out, regardless of your label. I’m very public about my atheism — I consider myself a firebrand atheist — but there’s another aspect of my life that I have chosen not to be open about yet. Beginning in September of last year, I began to open up to a few trusted friends, and since then I’ve let in a number of colleagues and activists, including my co-workers and Hemant. Now that the proper preparations have been made, I’m ready to take the advice I often give others when it comes to atheism and stop keeping this aspect of my life to a small group of people.

I’m coming out publicly today as a transgender woman.

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