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The Process of Deconversion

Started this discussion. Last reply by Belle Rose Jan 18, 2014. 6 Replies

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…Continue

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Dennis Augustine replied to Richard Porter's discussion 'The Process of Deconversion'
"Yes, in particular we were told that the history of the Canon wasn't something that most believers were "spiritually mature" enough to handle. In retrospect that was a brilliant warning since it had the dual effect of allowing us to…"
Jan 18, 2014
Richard Porter commented on Laura Johnson's blog post 'My Story'
"Hi Laura, firstly I'd like to thank you for telling us your story, it must have taken considerable courage to write. I am currently trying to collect stories of peoples deconversions/struggles with religion for my blog "The Yorkshire…"
Jan 18, 2014
Teri G replied to Richard Porter's discussion 'The Process of Deconversion'
"I think a lot of atheists have a painful deconversion, especially those who were raised with belief being a large part of their life. I've never really met an unhappy atheist though, they always tend to be at peace and free (when they have come…"
Jan 18, 2014
Richard Porter replied to Richard Porter's discussion 'The Process of Deconversion'
"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…"
Jan 18, 2014
Physeter replied to Richard Porter's discussion 'The Process of Deconversion'
"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…"
Jan 18, 2014
Dennis Augustine replied to Richard Porter's discussion 'The Process of Deconversion'
""Long and painful" also describes the process that took me from minister to atheist. In a nutshell, I went to seminary and got a half decent education which made me wonder about the missing half, the parts we skimmed over, or were told not…"
Jan 18, 2014
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The Process of Deconversion

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…See More
Jan 18, 2014
Richard Porter replied to Renee's discussion 'Who Was Jesus, Really??'
"I recently came across the lecture on youtube by the historian Richard Carrier (previously posted by Gregg Thomas) discussing why he didn't believe in the existence of Jesus as a historical human being but rather as a celestial being who was…"
Jan 18, 2014
Richard Porter replied to Misty: Baytheist Living!'s discussion 'Where do you hang out online?'
"I recently have made the move to tumblr and spend a lot of my time writing and communicating to others via my blog: The Yorkshire Atheist I don't think humanities move to social media for "in person" interaction is that bizarre…"
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"Hi Mark, thanks for the info; I've got to say my diatribe was more an effort (probably in vain) at satire rather than a serious remark (although the title Church Army does bring thoughts of holy war to mind), I'd be happy to find out more…"
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Throwing down the gauntlet

Posted on December 2, 2011 at 5:05pm 4 Comments

Hi Guys,

over on my personal blog ( I've set myself a bit of a challenge (what can I say I'm bored) I'm wanting to take the top 10 arguments offered by religious apologists and see if I can destroy them (like a Chuck Norris roundhouse destroys faces), so what I'd like to know are what are the most common/annoying arguments given for the existence of a deity?

Thanks in advance! :)

Church Army...Seriously WTF?

Posted on December 2, 2011 at 1:08pm 1 Comment

On a regular basis walking to work I pass a building with "Church Army" emblazoned on the building, I'll be honest this scares the living shit out of me! I immediately get the image of lunatic fundies charging at me automatic weapons (bible verses scrawled on the barrels) blazing. Of course this is mostly just paranoia (I've checked out their website and for an evangelical church they actually seem pretty laid back) but you really have to wonder about a supposedly peaceful organisation that…


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At 5:01pm on December 4, 2011, Shamari said…

Thanks so much for the advice and the add :)

At 1:53pm on December 2, 2011, Ateo1979 said…

Thanks muchly for the add!  Have a great day! :D

At 12:23pm on December 2, 2011, Monica McGee (Monicks) said…

Thank you for adding me to your friends, totally makes me happy. Nice to meet you!

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Welcome to the Think Atheist community Richard!



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