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My Personal Deconversion Experience
My questions about God became more probing, deeper, broader. It was gradual—the build up—stimulated by public Fundamentalist statements in my world (in the absence of any rational statements). The more of these necessarily literally true statements of faith or about the Bible you considered, the more they seemed untrue.
A shadow of an idea formed—barely an inkling. Then a slow realization—if I simply negated the truth of all these unlikely statements, the world made sense. I examined the more miraculous (or in reality lower probability) events in light of my raised awareness that the whole belief structure may be faulty.
Still I equivocated as the lack of truth of the Bible came home to roost. The full implications for God begin to loom. Still, that BIG question was barely on my radar. The bricks were starting to crumbling, but I hadn’t questioned the structure.
Fundamentalist bigotry and fear hold your beliefs intact… But yet their errors shoved you on.
All the believers in my world, and that included everyone I knew, gave me such a false sense of my own intelligence. I thought I must mave been a mental giant among these people who couldn’t reason their way out of religion and its bogus beliefs. What a genius I had to be.
I read of the Enlightenment, the loosening of the grip of religious dogma on the minds of men, a freeing of the human spirit and the rising spirit of humanism. I felt liberated …the truth did set me free, at least occasionally, a little.
NOW IT’S YOUR TURN
Tell us how you came out of your religion. Then tell us if we can put your story in the next book: Confessions of A Christian Atheist. Actually deconversion from any belief counts. It’s your chance to bear witness to your path through religion to the light of enlightenment.
If we use your story in Confessions of a Christian Atheist you’ll get a free hard copy of that book which we hope will go to press and come out in 2014. But we’re waiting on your story… so hurry. Bare your soul, er, …um, yourself, your lofty, but grounded human spirit. (My story, above, was a little sketchy. It lacks details you may want in yours.) Length? Half a page to ten pages?
It’s cathartic. Liberating. Shout it to the world. You’ll show them–those @#* believers behaing badly that you made it out of their bogus religion. Tell them off. You’re FREE!
But don’t forget to actually post it here.