Welcome to Why I No Longer Believe –
After 26 years of devotion to Christianity, specifically to the conservative evangelical sort, I have left the fold. It was not spontaneous. There was not one thing that led me to do so. I have very little doubt about my journey, but much emotion.
I hope this blog will serve as a thorough investigation of all that I found. For my own sake, to assure myself I have been fair to both sides of the issue and have searched as objectively as possible. For my friends I hope it will serve as an explanation, and perhaps even an encouragement to look hard at their beliefs as well, whatever they may be. A faith untested is no faith at all. It is little more than wishful thinking.
For acquaintances and strangers I hope it will serve as a proving ground, a place for reasoned debate and discussion.
Having frequented the sites of agnostics, atheists, and apologists whom I’ve read during my search, I’ve found much intolerance and holier-than-thou nonsense that does nothing to promote discourse. And I’m not just talking about the Christians, not even close. People have a lot of reasons for thinking and believing what they do, and the sort of broad-brushing stereotyping I see elsewhere has no place here. If you can’t say it respectfully, then it doesn’t bear saying.
All of that said, off we go. May truth and knowledge guide our way.