patron saints of deconversion
lauradee24 recently posted on James Dobson, and how she was thankful for his teaching which ironically led her to atheism. He was a factor in my deconversion as well, in that he provided a disconnect between what I believed and what the christian community around me believed. I knew that there were other worlds of christians out there, but being removed from them pushed me to question my own faith more and to search for reasons why I disagreed. I have no doubt that had I been in a more liberal church setting I would have been less prone to question my beliefs. So in a way that is a tragedy of the conservative and fundamentalist church, but at the same time I am happy to be intellectually free from both.
I think Ken Hamm would be my patron saint of deconversion. I never believed his young earth creation/Answers in Genesis (YEC/AIG), uh, stuff, in all my years of being a christian, having come into christianity with firm beliefs in scientific reasoning, an old earth, and evolution. But when confronted by christians with AIG material, it was difficult to comprehend and articulate why I didn’t believe in it, even though I felt so very opposed.
Any other patron saints out there?
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