Tuesday, March 26, 2013

About this blog

Here’s a short explanation for those who may not know. I used to believe the claims of Christianity. I don’t anymore. That’s probably going to need to be unpacked a bit further since “Christianity” is such a loaded word and often means different things to different people. Even the word “believe” is probably going to present some difficulty for people [many will say I never really believed]. For now, that’s an adequate enough way to express things.

If you know me personally and you’re just now finding out about this, depending on how well you know me, that information may be kind of shocking. I suspect word has traveled well enough by now and that most people who know me well have already heard either directly or through someone else. If you’re just now finding out…surprise! I’m an apostate.

So what am I trying to do with this blog? Well, there are a few things. For one, I’m mainly looking to record some of my reflections on 20+ years of active involvement in Christianity and share my thoughts about theology and the Bible. Also, I’d like to have a place where I can present my side of the story. I’m sure some people have wondered things about me since they heard about my “deconversion” from Christianity. Hopefully this will help clear some things up. Additionally, I’m looking for this to be a repository I can point people toward if or when they have specific questions for me about various subjects. A final stated purpose is to challenge others who may have seen or are beginning to see the cracks in Christian dogma and would just like to see what another side has to say.

A word of warning: as Dan Dennett says, “There is no polite way to suggest to someone that they have devoted their life to a folly.” For many that’s exactly what I’m going to be doing either directly or indirectly. If you are a committed Christian belonging to a conservative, Evangelical denomination, you’re not going to like what I write on this blog. You’re going to find it offensive and be quite put off by it. If you’re a family member of mine who has strong views about religion, you’ll very likely find it painful to read. But if you think you can handle it, stick around.

Basically, this blog is just one guy’s attempt to explain his departure from the Christian faith. As with most blogs, the narcissism will be abundant and the posts will likely become less frequent over time. There will be occasional attempts at humor; many of those attempts will fail and most will be considered offensive. Feel free to comment, but know that the comments will be moderated before they are published. This is, after all, my blog. Anonymous critical comments will be prejudged as cowardly, but hey, don’t let that stop you.

Still curious?
Read about my background here.
Read about why I left Christianity here.
See where I answer some questions here.

 I stopped believin', although Journey told me "don't"

3 comments:

  1. Currently working through my deconversion process, certainly isn't easy, thanks for this!

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    1. You’re right. It’s not easy. And unfortunately, people that have been non-theists most of their adult lives usually aren’t much help either because they often simply can’t relate. But there is help out there. You can browse some of the other sites I like off to the right of the page and there are plenty of virtual communities that you can get connected with and find support. ExChristian.net and recoveringfromreligion.org are a couple of good ones.

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  2. Loved this page, Please keep writing.I left Christianity an year and a little more ago. At peace with myself and the world. Cheers and peace from the Indian Subcontinent.

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