It occurs to me that one of the better ways for atheists curious about various religions to learn more about them is by hearing from former adherents of those religions. Former adherents are unlikely to preach or attempt to sell others on the religion. This is one of the reasons I have been interested in the growing number of ex-Muslims who are writing about the religion they left behind, as well as how and why they left it behind. This is one of the reasons I have been enjoying Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath.
After a recent episode of Remini's show, I found myself wondering if we would ever see a similar show directed at the Mormon Church. Aside from a classic South Park episode, I realized I was not terribly optimistic about this happening. It was in this context that I found a new blog written by an ex-Mormon that is off to a promising start: Ex-Mormon Whispers.
I do not know much about the Mormon Church or what Mormons believe. Sure, I've heard all the same stories you have about "magic underwear" and some of the strange and secretive ceremonies that apparently take place in their temples. I've had only a couple of close friends who were Mormon and willing to discuss their experience. They were believing Mormons when I knew them, though, and so they were not interested in presenting anything but the most positive aspects of their religion. I've certainly had my share of Mormons knocking on my door (or peeking in my windows) to proselytize over the years; however, I cannot say that I've had the patience to interact with them in any meaningful way.
Kyle Fishburn, the author of Ex-Mormon Whispers, aims to use his new blog to tell his story. He's bringing us up to speed on what Mormons believe, including the whole planet Kolob thing, and giving us a sense of his experience growing up in the church. This is the sort of blog I'd like to see more of, and I encourage you to check it out if you are at all interested in the Mormon religion or would simply like to support another atheist blogger.