I'm not a very confrontational person and I've kept pretty quiet about faith-stuff, all in all, for the last few years. My online presence is obviously critical of religion, and I've cultivated a digital sympathy for various atheist-folks and ideas, but I've always avoided saying anything about it myself. As a teacher, I don't want to cause an unneeded ruckus, and I really don't think "what I have to say" is any different or more articulate than anybody else out in cyberspace.
However, yesterday I broke my own general rule and posted a comparatively aggressive video to Twitter:
Because while I was shopping, I found this tract:
And, to make it a little personal, I'd received similar sentiments from a caring, Christian family member, just days before.
I'm not going to air dirty, personal laundry; nobody needs to be involved in my journey from faith to reason. But I might as well make a couple statements about myself here.
At this point in my life, I fit the characteristics of an atheist. I do not believe there is a "spirit world," a soul, an afterlife, or any sort of supernatural order to the world. The evidence simply does not affirm it. Every religion's argument makes all the other religions' counter-arguments moot. What's unfalsifiable can be ignored. I value reason and rationality in ethical and philosophical situations. Religion, whatever label or type, by definition skips a few steps of logic. I see no need to cater to choose "agnostic" or "humanist" as labels in this context; they each have their place. But when it comes to the supernatural world: I'm an atheist.
I could write a big blog entry about it, but I've written about it so recently that I don't feel like writing it all again. So, as I wrote in my letter to this concerned family member,
So there. It's public. I have a place to point people if they ask. Not that anybody has, really. Only one friend ever asked about what seemed to be happening to my faith over that time; to everybody else, well, my own "walk," as the faith-filled like to call it, is none of their business or concern.
P.S. I'm going to keep that tract nearby because I think it's hilarious and it deserves a YouTube video or something. Perhaps once this paper is written, I'll have time to create things for myself again. In the meantime, my most recent video on YouTube has become by far my most-viewed video. Neat.
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