My Response to “Stepping Into the Void” A Year Without God

So here’s a guy who’s going to “try” atheism for a year.  I was immediately skeptical.  It has been my experience that people who are drawn to religion and come from long periods of personal indoctination are irreversibly disposed to the mental and emotional escapism provided by whatever iteration of beliefs that makes them the most comfortable.  Then I had a wee think about my personal journey into apostasy, and decided it might not be so far fetched after all.

I found the original story here, and his blog can be found here.  I found Ryan to be frank about his introspections and journey away from faith.  I haven’t had an opportunity yet to read all the comments, [there are quite a few] those I have read so far seem to be atheists supportive of his efforts.

What’s the difference?  It took me twenty odd years to arrive at my self actualization. What advice could I possibly offer to Ryan he would find helpful, and save him some time? Was there a defining moment where I was immersed in a sudden mental clarity? No. It was very much like little Stewie from Family Guy.

Only I never got a “WHAT!!”.

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4 Responses to My Response to “Stepping Into the Void” A Year Without God

  1. Sabio Lantz says:

    @ Yew,
    My Christianity was full of communication with God. I heard (/felt) him often and personal. I’ll have to write a few more of those stories. But what was amazing for me, was that as I left Christianity, I found that most the Christians I knew were living on “faith” — they’d never experienced anything. Seems sort of like your story too. Seems that mystically inclined believers were few in number. I wonder if you’d have stayed if you’d have experienced God as I had.

    • P Yew says:

      Yes, I would be very interested in more stories of your experiences as a believer. Also, having had those experiences, what broke your faith, if you don’t mind my asking? I never experienced any esoteric events or had any mystical experiences, for me it was a 25 year exercise in futility. I looked, studied, practiced, defended “faith” and never had any. As a matter of honesty and personal integrity, I declared my apostasy and moved on. I agree with you that feeling a connection with god, although not empirical evidence, would be more persuasive than any of my experiences.

  2. Sabio Lantz says:

    If you go to my Author tab, scroll down to “Personality Posts”, you get a list of indexes — way more than you may wish to read. The index called “My Supernatural Experiences” is a good place to begin — indeed it’s annotates states: “I originally wrote these posts to illustrate to some atheists that even non-believers can have odd experiences.” But you may enjoy the some of the others too.

    I think it is important for non-believers to realize that you don’t have to be a believer to have odd experiences. Most atheist ranters I hear, have never had those sort of experiences and feel everyone who does is deluded or just stupid. They’d be wrong and arguing from within very limited data. That is why I wrote those posts — to correct the hyper-rational anti-religion atheists out there.

    Hope those start addressing your questions. Feel free to engage me on an individual post with as direct questions as you like.

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