January 1, 2010

Outgrowing Faith

Evangelical Christians are no longer the fastest growing religious group in America. That honor now goes to nonbelievers, a diverse group of people who are anything but religious. For Christians who have been questioning their faith, this is an excellent time to examine the possibility of life without superstition. A great place to start involves examining some of the myths about nonbelief, especially atheism, many have been taught by their families, friends, and churches. With impressive sales of books by atheist authors, explosive growth of atheist-oriented material online, and increasing numbers of atheists coming together offline to socialize and support one another, we are eroding the stigma of atheism, slowly but surely.

My wish for my Christian neighbors is that they will someday outgrow their faith. As an ex-Christian myself, I know this is possible - countless others have done it and found themselves much happier and more fulfilled. I wish this for Christians because it pains me to see what their faith does to them.