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To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven…a time to rend, and a time to sew… Ecclesiastes 3:7

…christian, ex-christian, agnostic, atheist, seeker, free-thinker, liberal, progressive, ok, I really don’t like labels…

I grew up in a liberal progressive agnostic family, became a christian in college, and left the faith nearly two decades later. Leaving the faith was a gut-wrenching process over a long period of time, but in the end was painful but rather quick, sort of like pulling off a band aid. It has proven more difficult to untangle myself from the web of religion because of the relationships involved.

I am not here to disuade anyone from Christianity. I am happy to help dissuade anyone from an unexamined faith, though to be honest, when I examined my faith, it pretty much crumbled away. I believe contemporary american evangelicalism is woefully inadequate in this regard, and I seriously question whether it is intellectually compatible with modern thought. I strongly believe people need to be allowed and encouraged to think for themselves, and my experience of evangelicalism was that it only promoted that within very limited parameters. Maybe that is why it can crumble away so easily.

I’m stumbling into this blogging thing. The more I try to write, the more I realize how poorly I articulate things and how juvenile my ideas sound to my own ear after typing them out. Just looking for an outlet for things that I can’t discuss with my circle of friends I guess, because it can be very lonely leaving religion and religious community behind, especially when you are still being told by those around you that you are wrong to do so.

I can be emailed at the atimetorend at gmail dot com

5 Comments

  • 1. Will  |  May 23, 2009 at 12:02 pm

    “The more I try to write, the more I realize how poorly I articulate things and how juvenile my ideas sound to my own ear after typing them out.”

    The important words there are “to my own ear”! We are always our own harshest critics. I enjoy your stuff, keep it up.

  • 2. atimetorend  |  May 23, 2009 at 12:43 pm

    Thanks Will for the encouragement, much appreciated. :^)

  • 3. michelleleigh  |  May 23, 2009 at 11:16 pm

    You seem to be speaking directly from my head and heart. I grew up Baptist and evangelical. When I started asking questions to which there seemed to be no answers, I cold no longer pretend and lie to myself. I haven’t talked about this with anyone but my daughter (19), and that, only round about. She has decided that she is an atheist, which is the only reason that I can talk to her more than my other family and friends. I wish you success in cultivating new friendships outside the church, and in healing your connections to your family and friends who still believe.

  • 4. mmmarty  |  June 2, 2009 at 4:07 am

    I agree with Will :) You voice things well in my opinion, and often you put into words the very same thoughts and concerns I have :)

  • 5. zealofheretic  |  June 6, 2009 at 7:25 am

    The more I try to write, the more I realize how poorly I articulate things and how juvenile my ideas sound to my own ear after typing them out.

    isn’t it the same with all of us? Love your blog, found it’s way to my blogroll. Keep writing

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