I am a middle aged man who loved being a Christian.
Raised in a loving Catholic home by a wonderful family, I was deeply thankful
for what I believed was Jesus’ Resurrection. I was happy, liberal minded and had every reason to believe I had the right religion – the right ideas about Jesus.
I raised my children in the church, baptized them and prayed with them often.
“God” seemed the right answer to many questions. Until one day it wasn’t.
Some things happened (“Oh my God..”)
And suddenly I no longer believed any of it.
September 11, 2001 was a day of doubts.
But my last day of faith happened in a flash in 2012 when I was 51.
The difference between having a little faith and no faith – is profound.
God’s disappearance hit me so completely
I had to pursue how religion had held me in its spell for so long.
So I began a journal.
This blog contains entries of that journal.
Now I think I understand. Religion is branded on us
before we can think; “he’s a Christian boy, she’s a Muslim girl” etc.
I’m not angry at my family
who loved me and taught me these things. But I don’t like
how religion played with my heart.
Religious claims demand so much, more than we might realize.
Religion robs us of our deepest integrity – for the tiniest return.
This blog is my attempt to share how it happened. The hard shocks – my religion unwound slowly one “Dangerous Thought” at a time.
Discovering our world is probably Godless
was to see it for the first time. It was scary at first but I insisted on finding
the honest answers instead of taking the ‘faith-based’ claims
which no longer worked.
I celebrate the separation of Church and State with new enthusiasm.
It is our best protection of our freedoms.
And I encourage positive atheism
as well as culture; literature, music, science and art as an alternative to religion.
I support freedom of religion. But I encourage non-believers
to face their Atheism and find the courage to admit doubt.
If you are on the fence, respect that doubt – it is your sanity knocking – let it in!
Explore the evidence in an unfettered way. Test the claims.
Religion is not harmless; it has serious consequences for the believer
as well as for the wider community.
Atheism is only non-belief in gods. It is not wisdom by itself.
But Atheism is a rational starting point.
October 1, 2014
“Question with boldness the existence of a god; because if there be one he must approve of the homage of reason more than that of blindfolded fear.”
-Thomas Jefferson, letter to Peter Carr, August 10, 1787