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!!”.