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A Review of Deconversion: a Journey from Religion to Reason

Posted by Scott Holstad on March 5, 2018

Deconverted: a Journey from Religion to ReasonDeconverted: a Journey from Religion to Reason by Seth Andrews
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Fantastic book! Seth Andrews lived my own exact life growing up, and we were both traumatized by the same types of things (the movie, “Thief In The Night!”), and we were both fundies/evangelicals for much of our younger lives before we both started asking ourselves some questions, before asking others, and began reading and researching, and while Andrews reached his conclusions and belief system before I did, I admire his resolve and his courage for “coming out” as an atheist in a strong Bible Belt city, because I live in the biggest Bible Belt city in America (I believe it was so named last year…), and unless you’re a Red State Republican bible thumper here, you don’t really feel very welcome in this city, and while I haven’t spent years as an out and out atheist as Andrews has, I may as well, because when I’m not on my feet “praising the lord,” I stick out like a sore thumb, and it can make one very uncomfortable. Yes, there there are “liberal” Christians here, as well as a few Muslims, about 25 Jews, possibly a few Hindus, although I haven’t seen any, some agnostics, some atheists, but no place to really gather and not be in church, because the only alternative is the Unitarian CHURCH, and while it’s a catchall for all beliefs and while they tend to make fun of fundies, it’s still called a “church,” so that kind of defeats the purpose. I’m reading Dawkins, Hitchins, Barker, George W Smith, and others right now, and it’s been really refreshing, and for the first time in my life, I feel like a huge weight has been lifted off of my shoulders, like I’ve been liberated, and I have Barker and Seth Andrews to thank in many ways, because unlike Hitchins, they’ve BEEN there, they understand, they know what it’s like to “deconvert” and how traumatic that can be for so many reasons, and I have found this book very helpful and very freeing and I recommend it for anyone going through a similar process or who has questions, doubts, etc. It helps fill it the holes, or flesh out the holes one finds gaping wide open in the christian bible. And the stress is not on what one believes, but what one doesn’t believe, unlike what many people think. Atheism is merely “a lack of belief in a god” or supernatural being, etc. It’s NOT a philosophical antithetical belief system, although individual atheists can choose to have antithetical beliefs or any belief they want; it pushes no life agenda, just ration, reason, being a good person, and a lack of belief in a god. That’s it, that’s all. It’s very simple. If there is no rational evidence to convince you that a god exists, you are thus not obligated to believe in a god, nor should anyone else. Very simple. Sure, you can go full blown philosophical and George W Smith does that, but it’s not necessary, and you can find out why by reading most of these authors and finding out in less than 10 minutes. In any event, I’m elated I came across this book and now I listen to the author’s podcasts and have found help, comfort, and entertainment in them. Strongly recommended for those encountering spiritual doubts….

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2 Responses to “A Review of Deconversion: a Journey from Religion to Reason”

  1. dweezer19 said

    Have you ever read A World Lit Only by Fire? It is obscure to find but reveals so much about the Christian church history and helped allay my guilt about leaving the Southern Baptist background I was brought up in. While I do trust in a Creative force personally I don’t assign any name to it other than the source from which everything originated and that can be drawn upon for energy and support. Kind of like the energy that propels existence onward.

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    • Hi! No, I haven’t read that one. Is that Manchester? I’l order it if it is. Lemme know! I’ve been reading a lot of Dan Barker, who’s been a real help, and a few others, as well as Bart Ehrman, Hitchens, Dawkins, George Smith, and others. A tremendous help. I also just got “Leaving the Fold: A Guide for Former Fundamentalists and Others Leaving Their Religion,” the author of whom escapes me at the moment, but I heard her interviewed on this author’s podcast. She’s a PhD in Psychology and coined the term “Religious Trauma Syndrome,” of which I think I would qualify. I’d be interested in hearing about your leaving the Southern Baptists. They’re the only ones besides my denomination that was considered “acceptable.” Yeesh! Got to love the judgmental attitudes so prevalent in the church, right? Thanks for sharing and feel free to share anything else. If you’d rather keep it offline, lemme know and I’ll get you my email address. Cheers!

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