Like many other atheists I was raised as a Christian, and I fully believed in the veracity of the bible during my formative years. For me deconversion was a long and painful period of my life filled with doubts, self-loathing and fear.
It took me years to come to terms with losing my faith but now I am so much happier for it. I have written for the first time the process of my loss of faith on my blog (**shameless plug alert**) The Yorkshire Atheist, and it got me to thinking, what were other peoples experiences like?
I'd love to hear your stories, and if you're willing for me to do so I may share some via my blog.
Thanks for reading
The Yorkshire Atheist
They really taught you to not talk to the laity about certain parts? I hadn't heard that before.
I guess the more I learn about the canonization process, it makes sense, though. The ignorant masses need to believe that it was always obvious which books were and were not scripture; or that the Holy Spirit just dropped the completed canon list into some church leaders' lap.
Learning more about the origins and canonization of the bible was one of the things (the straw that broke the camels back if you will) that drove me away from religion in the end so I'm not that surprised to hear that ministers are told not to talk about it.