I've shared chunks of my deconversion story around the site from time to time; and coulda swore I had the full thing up in 'Coming Out Godless' but can't seem to find it at the moment. Here's
one of my best type-ups if you're curious. But that's not the focus of this post.
I recently outed myself to a number of friends and family on Facebook. The funny part is that my religious status on FB has been "Atheist" for a long time, all the quotes on my info page relate to science, evolution, atheism, and anti-theism, and to top it off I often post atheist material and links in my status updates. Somehow though, some my friends and family were completely oblivious to this. So back on International Blasphemy Day (Sept 30), my post got quite a response.
“Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able? Then he is not omnipotent. Is he able, but not willing? Then he is malevolent. Is he both able and willing? Then whence cometh evil? Is he neither able nor willing? Then why call him God?” ~Epicuru ~ ~ ~ Happy Blasphemy Day!
The overall outcome was interesting and entertaining enough that I thought I would share with you all. Some of you might find this pointless and boring, but some of you might find it entertaining. And if there's any chance it might help one of you when you have to face-down questions from friends and family, then its worth my time posting.
For privacy sake, and to protect the guilty, I've taken a few photoshopping liberties though.
To give you a little background and perspective:
S1 is essentially my sister-in-law [catholic]
K1 is my cousin, [somewhere between deist and atheist]
K2 is an atheist friend
K3 is my sister-in-law (my wife's sister) [presbyterian]
N1 is a friend from my military days [catholic]
J1 is my cousin [seventh-day adventist]
D1 is a friend from college [misc christian]
J2 is my wife's aunt (on her dad's side) [misc christian]
K4 is my wife's uncle (on her mom's side)
M1 is my wife's cousin (K4's son)
So I spent a little time thinking, and typed this up and posted it:
Responses were varied and interesting:
Then, quite unexpectedly, my wife's uncle reposted my note.