Here on Tumblr I post stuff that interests me, including (but not limited to) stuff about: skepticism, atheism, sci-fi, tattoos, music, science, philosophy, freethought, feminism, gay rights, racial equality, martial arts, and whatever else I want to share. I also have a martial arts blog: 8 Seconds or Less, and a Magic: the Gathering blog: Team Wingman. — Bud
It’s finally here! A book which has been two years in the making is about to become available as ebook, and soon after paperback. This anthology consists of sixteen personal stories by people, from all walks of life, who have made the journey from a life steeped in religion to a life without it. I am proud to be one of the contributors whose stories are found in this book. I thank the editors, Tristan Vick and Jonathan MS Pearce, for making this book happen.
Please support this project by getting hold of a paperback copy in a week or so or an ebook version in the next couple days.
"The anthology, Beyond an Absence of Faith, collects the personal ‘deconversion’ stories of ex-religious believers. A deconversion story of the irreligious is the equivalent of the religious ‘testimony’ of faith. Just as with a ‘testimony’ which is a personal account of how one came to God or found faith, the deconversion story is the opposite account of how one lost faith and realized all the God-business just wasn’t for them.
What I like most about the book is that it’s not an attack on religion. It’s not a philosophical piece trying to deconstruct religion. It’s much more a reflective piece looking back on individual experiences collecting the personal stories from people from all walks of life who went from living a life steeped in religion to a life without it."
I’ll let you know how to get your hands on a copy of our book as soon as it comes out. Stay tuned!
I’m a fan of The Atheist Experience, but this shirt is just Jesus Junk remade for non-theists. I used to wear those shirts when I was a believer: shirts with popular logos changed to a Jesusy message. As I got older I realized that it’s more cheesy than clever, and abandoned the Jesus Junk long before I abandoned the faith. It was a step in the right direction. Now I see atheists doing the same thing the Christians are doing, but I refuse to go from “Jesus Junk” to “Secular Shit.”
Answer: Everyone needs a sense of community and purpose. Those two things were what I missed most about the koinonia of church. Church historians talk about the “smells and bells” of the Catholic Church, but they’re not the only ones with a desire to tap into the emotional side. Songs evoke and reinforce feelings. A group strengthens convictions. That’s why most Christians lack the ability to think. So I understand why these atheists would want an atheist church. I just think it sends the wrong message, or at least a confusting message about what being an atheist is all about. People already make the mistake of thinking atheism is “Atheism” with a capital A - an “ism” - a religion like Christianity or Islam.