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
Father of daughters, lover of trees and butterfly chaser.
Why are you here?
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
The religion you left
Why you left your religion.
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
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! ;-) )
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,