Darren Beem
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Humanist Book Club

Started this discussion. Last reply by TJ Jan 15, 2016. 1 Reply

Hey Folks:Wondering if there are any readers here? Anyone willing to do book club? I am more interested in reading books about living well, rather than about books just slamming religion.I just…Continue

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Father of daughters, lover of trees and butterfly chaser.
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I recently left Christianity and religion. So far it's been a private decision that I haven't shared with others. I am looking for a place right now where others might understand my experience
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Couldn't take it anymore. after 30+ years in church, Christian school, church plants, teaching bible study and praying. Finally I came to the realization that none of this was relevant to my life, it wasn't making me a better person and it wasn't making my life better
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At 8:14pm on December 27, 2015, Reg The Fronkey Farmer said…

All good thanks Darren. Hope you are enjoying your too. I am trying to resist getting the PS4 but I know resistance will be futile.......so I think January will be renamed Fallout 4!!

At 2:35am on December 23, 2015, Reg The Fronkey Farmer said…

Hi Darren and welcome to Think Atheist.

At 10:18am on December 20, 2015, Darrell Johnson said…
Hi Darren, you're right: a lot of skeptics can be fairly insensitive and 'tone deaf' to why people believe in and follow God, and a mocking tone was like nails on a chalkboard as I was trying to find my way out of the faith that had structured and sustained me since I was a young boy. That's why I recommended Neil to you.

I would also recommend that you give yourself a Christmas present and listen to Julia Sweeney's very funny and poignant monologue (it's on YouTube) "Letting Go of God". She speaks from a Catholic perspective but you'll still find it helpful.

And yeah, feel free to email me. You're not alone.

Merry Christmas! (Yeah, we can still say that! ;-) )
At 3:52am on December 20, 2015, Darrell Johnson said…
Hey Darren, welcome! After a lifetime as a devout Christian believer in a non-denominational church (well, that's what we called the Church of Christ in any case), a minor in Bible, several years in mission work and a life devoted to the greater glory of God, six or seven years ago or so I found myself just where you are. Now it feels like I've awoken from s confusing, suffocating dream—but back there it felt pretty scary and sad. The first person you should look up is Neil Carter, the author of the online Patheos.com blog "Godless in Dixie"; he was like us, and now writes honestly and compassionately about leaving the faith, better than anyone else I've found.

And feel free to contact me directly; I'll be glad to help you out in any way I can.

Your brother in the human race,
At 12:30am on November 20, 2015, Rebel said…

Welcome Darren to Think Atheist.


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