By Melanie E. Brewster
This assortment positive factors greater than dozen narratives via atheists from diverse backgrounds around the usa. Ranging in age, race, sexual orientation, and non secular upbringing, those members tackle deconversion, neighborhood development, parenting, and romantic relationships, delivering a nuanced examine dwelling with out a god in a predominantly Christian nation.
These narratives remove darkness from the complexities and results for nonbelievers within the usa. Stepping clear of spiritual trust may have critical social and existential ramifications, forcing atheists to find new how you can stay meaningfully and not using a non secular group. but laying off the limitations of a proper trust process is additionally a liberating adventure. eventually, this quantity exhibits that claiming an atheist id is something yet an act remoted from the opposite dimensions of the self. Upending universal social, political, and mental assumptions approximately atheists, this assortment is helping carve out a extra accredited house for this minority inside of American society.
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I was terrified at the possibility I might drop the Torah and be visited with a terrible punishment, maybe fasting for a year, for the desecration. I made it to the bemah and managed my solo chant of the portion of the week without a major stumble. As the service concluded, I stood with the new rabbi at the front of the congregation. I was a pretty good speech writer, and my memorized comments went well. The rabbi began his response, and I had the hopeful thought, maybe now, maybe this is it. .
I was afraid of having to go up in front of everyone, so baptism was the last thing in the world I wanted to do. I would talk to God about this, but since I already knew based on scripture that God wanted me to be baptized, I felt intense guilt for not following his commandment. In this sense, talking to God was like having a fake conversation with a person you know. In your head, you can visualize asking them something and you can imagine their response based off of what you already know about them.
With other questions, I would feel my emotions go one way or another, and I took that to mean that God was telling me something. Not this time; I felt no answer. The more I started thinking about these issues, the more they started to depress me. I looked at the story of Adam and Eve and how Eve received most of the punishment, even though her crime was the same as Adam’s. She just ate first, and that was somehow enough to make all women subservient to men. Then I thought about different stories in the Bible.
Atheists in America by Melanie E. Brewster