Looking back at growing up there was never a question of going to church on Sundays, attending Sunday School as a child and eventually graduating to the “adult” experience of sitting in pews, singing old songs and listening to a sermon. Beyond Sundays there was mid-week youth group of some kind,… Continue
Added by David Teachout on July 8, 2015 at 10:22am —
Anyone who has successfully deconverted knows how difficult that can be to give up on a cherished idea. I wrote a short poem expressing how difficult this was for me.
pregnant with a new thought…
Added by A. D'Agio on October 23, 2011 at 7:30pm —
I was once a very active and committed Christian. I was the church treasurer, served on multiple committees, was a choir member and was active with the youth group. But I always had a science bug, even in high school. Yet I had never tried to reconcile my faith with science. I don't know if I deliberately avoided it or just never thought of it, but that doesn't really matter now. One evening while reading 'The Elegant Universe by Brian Greene, I began to think - I wonder how well my faith… Continue
Added by Brad Feaker on April 18, 2011 at 9:21pm —
I've never really taken the time to properly sit down and walk through my life and give others that opportunity to view my de-conversion process before. Perhaps some who view it might see that I, just like many others, have shared the same struggles and some, who might be still struggling, might find something of value in it that might pull them through.
I was not born into a religious house. The religious fervor that was pushed on me didn't take place until years later. It… Continue
Added by MoshingTick on January 10, 2011 at 1:30am —
My personal journey to atheism was a rather bumpy ride with smooth ending. My parents were not particularly religious. In fact, I never remember going to church as I grew up. Instead, weekends were spent with family at a small lakeside cottage where we would fish for bass, bluegills, and perch.… Continue
Added by Kevin Benbow on October 10, 2010 at 8:51pm —
PLEASE LET ME KNOW WHAT YOU THINK OF THIS!! I NEED FEEDBACK ON MY ATHEIST MEMOIRE IN PROGRESS!!
From time to time memories of my former life as a Protestant Christian come back. Some of them are pleasant, some unpleasant, others simply perplexing.
There is one that came to mind today that is still perplexing to this day.
Years ago, I had decided to confirm myself into the church, ironically, this was only a year before my dramatic… Continue
Added by Skycomet the Fallen Angel on September 9, 2010 at 8:05pm —
Eight years ago, after quite a bit of scientific study and no small amount of soul-searching, I left the Christian Faith and began life anew as an atheist. My mother is, and probably always will be, crushed that I left, and is terrified of the prospect that I am (in her mind) going to burn in torment forever. Continue
Occasionally she expresses this hurt and fear to me. It runs so…
Added by Scott Popejoy on July 18, 2010 at 11:30pm —
One of the great things about Atheist Nexus is that I have a place to talk about my journey to atheism. Probably nothing new to you all, but I'm still getting used to it. So, I'm putting my toe in the water by writing about my experiences.
I thought I would write about my deconversion. I kept trying to pin down "when" I became an atheist. I suspect I'm not alone in that mine is a long and twisted road that led me here. There was a moment when I realized my nonbelief, but it sure didn't… Continue
Added by Citizen Roe on July 13, 2010 at 12:51am —
...and believed every word of it!
If there were inconsistencies within or without, I credited that to our finite understanding of the infinite. We would understand it "by and by." But where the Bible spoke as literal truth to the very tangible world we can see, hear, touch, taste and smell, where it spoke to our finite understanding in finite terms, I fully expected things to line up...within AND without: The creation, the flood, the geneologies, the history of nations,… Continue
Added by Scott Popejoy on April 1, 2010 at 9:00pm —
This is my story. I think it is different than many other people's story so that's why I'm telling it in some detail. It begins in a remote part of northern California where I grew up during the early 70's. Imagine a barely developed countryside with homesteads separated by miles of woodland and connected by a winding dirt road. My nearest neighbors were my cousins who lived about a mile away. Other than my siblings they were the only kids my age I knew until I started school, but I saw them… Continue
Added by Tom Thompson on February 25, 2010 at 3:11pm —
I've been blogging at Hot-For-Jesus Former Fundie
for over 2 years... and never once have I embedded a YouTube link. I took pride in that fact. I thrive on writing original content and only use and abuse pics of Jesus and Hot Jesus Look-Alikes.
This last month, while hanging out with a fellow Former hardcore christian, we found ourselves tipsy and surfing the web for old-school Contemporary Christian Music… Continue
Added by Christine Vyrnon on January 2, 2010 at 11:28am —
Back in 2006, when I was just coming to terms with my lack of belief in religion or a deity, one blogger in particular was a true inspiration and encouragement to me. gasmonso of ReligiousFreaks.com
lent me his ear on more than one occasion when I was struggling with issues, and provided humorous and enlightening reading material to boot. In early 2007, after reading my post "Me at 17
Added by deletedsoul on July 14, 2009 at 6:47pm —
Just a summary
Church to me, felt/feels like a chore. I know the people there will act so holy in church and when they are back home, they go back to their greedy lives. I've always noticed how women would wear their best clothes to church like it was a fashion show. I actually started questioning the bible when I was 12 or 13. I asked my sunday school teacher if the bible was completely valid or reliable after being translated so many times. His answer, I can't remember… Continue
Added by Ida on March 6, 2009 at 9:00pm —
I posted this on my personal blog I just started recently and thought I'd share it here too. Since it was written as an introduction to myself as the first post there, I thought it fitting to use as an introduction to myself here an A|N as well.
It isn't very poetic and probably not even well written. I've been cursed with the ability to have a ton of ideas flowing through my head and being unable to put them down on paper... even virtual paper. None the less, here it… Continue
Added by Douglas Christensen on December 26, 2008 at 3:48pm —
Hooray, a place for me to say... anything I damn well please! I guess the first order of business is to share a bit more about myself than I did in the 'About Me' box :)
I was born in Louisiana, raised in Georgia, and now live in Alabama. I was brought up in a pervasively Christian atmosphere. My uncle was a pastor here in Huntsville, and I think my parents wanted to show the rest of the family what 'good Christians' they were, since they'd been the black sheep for eloping. Anyway, I was… Continue
Added by Emily on July 16, 2008 at 12:36pm —