De-Converting from De-Conversion
Well I think it’s about time, time for me to de-convert from de-conversion. In other words, this will be my last post on this blog. But before I post, let me just say that I have thoroughly enjoyed my time contributing to this community. Back when I was more active with the site, I thoroughly enjoyed the back and forth discussions between various visitors. For the most part they were very respectful and full of great passion, logic, and philosophy that I found to be quite entertaining. Of course, sometimes they would turn sour, but that is bound to happen now and again when religion is the topic ;) . Unfortunately though, I am so busy with work and other pursuits that I cannot give the website the justice it deserves.
Seeing how this is my last post, I want to ask you to bear with me on this one. Don’t worry, I’m not going to get all “preachy” and try to convert you… that’d be impossible anyway, I think we both know that. In fact, of all the posts that I did, my goal was never to get any of you to come back to religion – more or less, my aim was to offer a voice for the “other” side. This post will not be any different, and it will try to sum up the main point I tried to emphasize is all of my posts.
During my time with De-Conversion.com (at one time, AgnosticAtheism.com), I found one overarching aspect a bit disturbing. Many brilliant people wrote (and still write) on this site offering many facts and theories on religion and God. This is fine, and I never was upset with these posts or their topic. No, instead what I found the most troubling was the over generalization of religion. Friends, religion is very complex, and I have always been one to believe that theology can’t be reduced down to a bumper sticker (i.e. “Jesus Saves”… ugh, gag me). I find it interesting that many of the de-converts on this website usually stem from a once fundamentalist version of *insert religion here*. As a result, the fundamentalist viewpoint is what is usually attacked (and rightly so) in many of the posts and in the comments section. But folks, this particular view on religion is far from the only one.
I think I’ve made it clear where I stand on this many of times: Fundamentalists need to wake up – and on that I think we can definitely agree. Reading the Bible literally is quite the disservice to Christianity. Doing so only creates contradictions, and what does the fundamentalist do when he/she encounters a contradiction? If you said, “blindfully believes it even when they know it can’t be true”, then you are following me. Their religion is like a Jenga tower. You pull out one of the blocks and the whole thing comes crumbling down. The fundamentalist can’t risk one of the blocks being taken away, so they ignorantly defend that block to the bitter end… and in the process they look pretty damn foolish. I think this is why I see so many atheists attacking fundamentalist religion – they are trying to destroy that one block so the rest of it inevitably comes crashing down.
Many of you likely came from a fundamentalist background. You went to church and would hear things that didn’t quite make sense with how you saw the world working. This conundrum inevitably let you to turn away from religion altogether. Your Jenga tower could no longer stand without all of its blocks, and this of course is no fault of your own. However, religion should not be viewed like a Jenga tower, but instead like a trampoline. You see, with a trampoline, you may have one spring break, but you can still keep jumping.
Friends, I am still jumping – some days a little higher than others, but still enjoying the bounce. Do I question things? All the time. Does religion always make sense? No. Does life always make sense? Hell no. But I will leave you with a bit of food for thought that I ask you to take to heart, something that I think can sum up my perspective on all of this God business…
The world’s religions may not very accurately answer the question “How?”, but they are definitely on to something in regards to the question “Why?”
Take care everyone, thank you for attention over the last couple of years. Paul, you can now move my name to the “Former Contributors” list :)