Deconversion stories from The Skeptical Review

Glenn W. Wood

It was with great joy and satisfaction that I read my first copy of The Skeptical Review. I received my first copy after requesting it from you after seeing your advertisement in The Humanist. I have been looking for a publication like yours for a long time.

I am 42 years old. I grew up a Southern Baptist, and my father was a Southern Baptist pastor. He pastored in Orange and Los Angeles Counties for over 20 years. When I was in my late 20's, I began to experience doubts concerning the things I had learned about God, the Bible, Jesus, heaven, hell, and salvation. I wrestled with my doubts for a long time, because the tenets of orthodox Christianity were so much a part of my psychological make-up and identity. I can now say with conviction that I do not believe in the fundamentals of Christianity or in the inerrancy of the Bible. I am basically an agnostic. I began to look honestly at all I believed to see if it made sense and was logical. I found much of it was not. I see that what most people call faith is but credulity. I see most people do not want to be challenged to think for themselves. It seems most people accept the status quo and what is most comfortable to them rather than have the strength to think for themselves. They are afraid of what people, especially relatives, will think of them if they expressed aloud their doubts and misgivings of what they hear ever Sunday. Think of the pastors who often get a flash of enlightenment on the idiocy that they teach the people but immediately shut off those skeptical thoughts because expressing them would cost them their careers and financial securities.

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