A story that I can really relate to…Matthew shares the emotional side and relational pain of realizing that one’s faith is not true.
I’ve exchanged a few emails with reader Matthew, who has his own website called Confessions of a (former) young earth creationist. He originally sent me pictures of himself with monkeys from his childhood in Africa (this was prompted by yesterday’s girl-with-baby-gorilla post), but also mentioned something about being the son of missionaries and how he gave up his Christianity. When I asked him for more information, he sent me a detailed account of how he was weaned from faith, and how painful the repercussions had been.
This reminded me that my own “conversion,” which was virtually instantaneous, is not the norm, and that many of the deeply religious have to sever many ties, with great difficulty, when they abandon their faith. It also reminds us that, despite the claims of accommodationists, learning science and evolution can be a powerful way to lever people out of religion.
We often hear…
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