Monday, August 6, 2012

Ex-pastor turned American Atheist director tells how she lost faith

A former Methodist worship and teaching pastor who served in ministry for 20 years before becoming an atheist has been appointed as the American Atheist's public relations director. In an interview with The Christian Post, she revealed that despite initially being ostracized by friends, she is now happy and at peace with her decision.
"No it was very, very gradual. Actually there's not really one single moment where I can look back and say ah, that was the moment. It was kind of a slow progression," Teresa MacBain shared about her loss of faith with CP in a phone interview on Tuesday. ...
"It's just theological. I had no problems with the church or the structure or the organization. There are basically four steps that occurred over a long period of time. One was the contradictory nature of the Bible; the lack of scientific or historical foundation or accuracy, which took me a very, very long time to come to terms with. That was the starting point I guess when I realized that that wasn't true, that the Bible wasn't true. From there I moved to thinking about all of the religions in the world and how people basically associate, in most cases, with one religion or another based upon their own culture and how they were raised," she said.
This sound a lot like how I lost my faith.  Waking up to reality was a very gradual process. There were many things about religion that bothered me, but I managed to come up with explanations for some of the more egregious issues for a long time.  Eventually, this became more and more difficult, and I finally had to admit that it was not possible, at least for me, to continue to make excuses for God.

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