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Humble Beginnings

Ladies and Gentlemen, Brothers and Sisters, Friends, Comrades, Countrymen, and Godless heathens like me, I welcome you to my new blog.

So to give you some background information. For nearly a decade I was a Pentecostal minister. Soon I will share the complete story of my path from faithful to faithless but today I just want to briefly express my gratitude to anyone who takes the time to read this blog as well as give some idea as to what exactly is the purpose of this blog.

I don’t exactly know where to start other than to say I want to offer my own spin on faith and how to overcome some of the obstacles you might face in day-to-day life.  I want to offer a glimpse into the mind of someone who once followed a very fundamentalist lifestyle. Most importantly I want to make people laugh, smile, and feel better about the choices they make in their lives. Life is far too short to waste even a single moment of it.

I also want to spread the idea that you can be an Atheist and not have to leave the area. In the short time since I left faith behind me I’ve seen numerous people in the atheist community leaving for seemingly greener pastures. This however seems to do a great disservice to the rest of the people in the area you left. We need role models in our communities that children can look up to. We need voters to fight back against the power grab that religion has undertaken. Last but not least we need people to change the communities they come from, making the world a better place; doing it from within and not tucking our tails and running away from our problems.

So until my next blog I bid you adieu.

Many Thanks,
An Atheist in Iowa

9 thoughts on “Humble Beginnings

  1. Just curious since you were a minister, what caused the loss of faith? For me it was Catholic schools, in particular my sophomore year in high school where we read, discussed and dissected the Bible, the KJV of all. It is where we learned of copy error, translation error, and editorializing by scribes. And of course spotting all the contradictions in the texts.

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    1. I will go into that more in future posts but in general a family tragedy set me down the path to losing my faith. Copy errors, contradictions, and outright absurdities of the Bible were things that added to my doubt as well.

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  2. I look forward to hearing your story. As former fundamentalists we are uniquely qualified to approach the Faithful with attitudes of understanding and empathy, rather than antagonism, superiority, and condescension. Here’s to the winning of hearts & minds!

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    1. Thank you, I look forward to discussing my story. I agree that as former fundamentalists we are in a unique position to help others.

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  3. Very interesting, I particularly like your determination to stay and provide a role model within your community. I live in the UK, and no-one cares what anyone else believes, so it’s bizarre to think of the situation being so different in the USA – similar culture, language and education system – but some parts are worlds away in terms of secularism.

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    1. In the US there is still a lot of holdover from the cold war, and religion is one of those holdovers. In the US the Russians were godless atheists who were hellbent on destroying the world, so we responded by being overly religious which lead to much fanaticism.

      You literally cannot go a single day here without religion being thrown in you face at least a handful of times.

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      1. “In the US the Russians were godless atheists who were hellbent on destroying the world, so we responded by being overly religious which lead to much fanaticism.”
        Mind if I use this as post starting quote? It’s something I’ve never considered in much detail before.

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      2. That’s fine. Please use this edited version due to the typos. lol

        “In the US, the Russians were godless atheists who were hellbent on destroying the world, so we responded by being overly religious, which led to much fanaticism.”

        Matt

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