> No, I was always asking 'Is this true?' , andQuote
Ray: You spent half of your life going to
> church: baptised, attended confirmation, read the
> Bible, prayed--and this is all you got out of it?
> "an unnecessary distraction"?
> questioning certain statements etc in, e.g.
> confirmation classes, but was fobbed off with
> excuses such as there was not time at
> that moment to go into all that. I was not old
> enough at the time and had been brought up to be
> polite, so did not know how to pursue the
> I married in Church, but since the violence from
> my ex began four days later, 4,000 miles from
> home, my already understood knowledge that
> although God was a good force, it did not actually
> do anything, I did not bother to do any
> praying. The idea of God became a more distant
> When it came to christening my sons, I still had
> not heard enough about non-belief to question it
> and in any case, it was the thing to do.
Ray: Thanks, Susan. It helps me distinguish between your constantly focusing on my belief and my own focus on my active Christian way of life. Growing up, I would physically be at church 3 days a week for various activities, and thoughtfully practicing my faith every day. That included extensive reading and writing, and/or composing music. It also included exploring differences in belief--especially among family members, but extending outward.
I lost that church community connection, but not my Christian way for several decades, since I moved and traveled all over the world for awhile. In later years, I've re-established the connections with church and community I lost, but in a broader context.
As a result, I'm more open to the religious diversity that surrounds me, made more complex with the Latino, African American, and Asian ethnic diversity that surrounds me as well. The enemy of my Christian way is secularization and social isolation, not your professed variety of atheism.