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04/27/2009

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Hey,
It encourages me to read your response to the article as a former evangelical Christian. It takes a lot of courage to critically analyze something so pivotal in your life. As for me, my process of deconversion was by far the most painful experience of my life, as well as being the most intellectually frustrating. One thing I still wish to maintain is a dialogue between people of faith and the non-believing community. We recently had four debates between Columbia International University students (my former evangelical bible college, where I was studying bib. languages and bible) and members of the pastafarians mentioned in the article) Two of which will be posted on youtube pretty soon. It would be nice to have some correspondence about the biblical text. I am planning on starting a web page or blog soon about my views on the bible and biblical studies in general, particularly the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament (this is what I want to get a Ph.D in eventually).

joshstr@hotmail.com


Have you ever read Bart Ehrtman? He's a former fundamentalist who has made a career out of studying the Bible from an historical/critical perspective, and he no loner believes in Bible inerrancy either (or God, for that matter).

Hey Lisa-
I have read all of his books, and the quote in the post is from his latest book.

Oh, d'oh. I just skimmed right past where you said that! I've read all his stuff, too, except Jesus Interrupted, which I have on the summer list.

Definitely start with Jesus, Interrupted followed by Misquoting Jesus. Then move on to the rest.

It has been common among religious believers to look with misgiving at atheists and agnostics, and to think that they are mistaken; however, in many instances the opposite is the truth; some religious beliefs are not just baseless, but obsolete and irrelevant. It is unbelievable how myths and a religious fantasy have influenced human minds with more strength than reality!

Most people don’t dare to confront their religious doubts; they are afraid of abandoning the “certainty” of their convictions, and opt for the status quo. The “God” of main line traditions simply does not exist. I accepted the challenge of finding the One who may be recognized even by agnostics and atheists, and came to the conclusion that God isn’t other than the Existence itself; and the Existence is, “I am,” the total existence, “All-That-Is.”

There is a book most probably not written for you, but perhaps useful for some of your religious friends who still think that you are wrong and they are right: “Christianity Reformed From ist Roots.” It might help them to be relieved of the illusion, as I did myself. Distinguished philosophers and thinkers might give you an idea of this book—perhaps a generation ahead of time for most believers—(links below); or you might look at excerpts at Amazon.com.

Jairo Mejia, M. Psych., Santa Clara University
Episcopal Priest, Retired
Carmel Valley, California

http://www.mbay.net/~jmejia/Grudzen.htm
http://www.mbay.net/~jmejia/Churcher.htm

He's little dull looking, like you could get more human interaction out of wood slab or a cold stone; Both of which, by the way, have more acting talent and model potential than Mr.

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