Deconversion stories from Biblical Errancy
These stories are taken from letters to Dennis McKinsey's Biblical Errancy.
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- Donald Morgan was once a born again, Bible believing, God fearing, fundamentalist Christian who now writes: " I contend that ANYBODY who looked into the Bible as I have done would either: 1) become an agnostic or atheist, or 2) keep his "faith" only by subverting his own reasoning and denying reality."
- DB a former ordained minister, missionary and evangelist, "responsible for turning hundreds of people to Jesus Christ "put Christianity and Bible to the test, and they didn't hold up. DB reflects poignantly on the reactions of his Christian friends. "
- JW of Mobile, Alabama "I'm far freer and happier than I was in my guilt-inducing Bible days. "
- JCW writes that Christians often blame criticism of Christianity on the influence of the devil, rather than confronting difficult arguments. His judgement soon prooves very accurate...
- JW of Raleigh, North Carolina "I was unable to reconcile the image of God as a concerned and loving father as proclaimed by Jesus with the capricious horror of the doctrine of predestination and election (Rom. 9:9-24)."
- Mark J describes his journey into and out of Christianity.
- TF studied his way out of Christianity whilst in a Christian college training to be a minister. He laments the lack of disbelievers he knows who have a good knowledge of biblical matters.
- CWT started as a convinced Christian, found some implausabilities and studied both sides of the argument - looking for the best he could find from both sides.
- TF - another former Christian who studied his way out.
- DH deconverted whilst in college and had an interesting reaction from the dean of an Episcopal cathedral.
- DS Although his mother died early as a result of the practices of Christian science it was a later study of the bible that deconverted him.
- DS - his way out was prompted by astronomy.
- DM "I could testify how fervently one could believe something, and be absolutely sure of it and later discover it to be false."
- JB Discusses how difficult it is to "climb out of the pit of irrationality" on ones own.
- GL Describes how fear of punishment prevented him from persuing his doubts.
- JB describes his deconversion and includes correspondence with his family after they found out he no longer believed. It is a powerful example of someone who decided to confront issues fully and candidly with those who expressed dismay at his loss of faith.
- Jimmy looks forward to feeling "strong enough to start working to right the wrongs which I have committed as a Christian, a fundamentalist, and a deceiver."
- MB comments "It became irritating to have to defend my disbelief to the arrogant Christians who wanted to save my soul."
- AG "I am one of the few believers in God who has read the bible from beginning to end, but I was totally amazed at how many errors I easily overlooked."
- AN a former Pentecostal minister who studied apologetics since he was 14 (now 27), found the grinding doubts, the anti-human teachings etc, to be too painful, and inherently evil.
- ERB "Every time I questioned anything about "God" or "the Bible," I was immediately chastised and instructed to accept everything as truth or face eternal damnation in "Hell"!"
- LL "My wife and I read the bible aloud EVERY NIGHT, and marveled with shock and dismay at the atrocities in the so-called "good" book."
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