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Old 01-16-2014, 02:49 PM
 
Location: Portland, Oregon
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From Year Without God | a former pastor's journey into atheism :

"I'm making it official and embarking on a new journey. I will "try on" atheism for a year. For the next 12 months I will live as if there is no God. I will not pray, read the Bible for inspiration, refer to God as the cause of things or hope that God might intervene and change my own or someone else's circumstances. (I trust that if there really is a God that God will not be too flummoxed by my foolish experiment and allow others to suffer as a result)."

IOW, he's just pretending to be an atheist. What will that prove - that he's a good actor?

More discussion can be found here: "My desire is, as always, to pursue the truth." | MetaFilter
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Old 01-16-2014, 02:52 PM
 
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Interestingly, there is some indication that he may actually be leaning toward atheism entirely.

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As a pastor I read and studied my Bible as a professional commitment, to prepare sermons and Bible studies, but I rarely read the Bible devotionally and for my own inspiration, in part because so much of it isn’t inspiring at all. I haven’t attended a church consistently since March so not much changed in that department in the past month either. In short, my life has more or less continued as it has in the recent past. This is revealing for a couple of reasons.

First, it demonstrates something that I have suspected about myself and other Christians I know—many of us have for a long time been functional atheists. We may confess an intellectual assent to belief in a divine being and have a well thought out theology but very few of us live as though this God exists and is an active agent in the world.

Secondly, it demonstrates, at least to me, that the difference God makes is to a great degree, a kind of life insurance policy…a modern day form of Pascal’s wager in which believers hedge their bets against the possibility that there is a God who may send them to hell if they don’t believe.
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Old 01-16-2014, 04:29 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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From Year Without God | a former pastor's journey into atheism :

"I'm making it official and embarking on a new journey. I will "try on" atheism for a year. For the next 12 months I will live as if there is no God. I will not pray, read the Bible for inspiration, refer to God as the cause of things or hope that God might intervene and change my own or someone else's circumstances. (I trust that if there really is a God that God will not be too flummoxed by my foolish experiment and allow others to suffer as a result)."
I'd be careful. Apparently god doesn't forgive often.

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Old 01-16-2014, 09:29 PM
 
Location: NJ
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And once again a concept that many theists have a real problem understanding. You can't just make yourself "unbelieve" any more than you can make yourself "believe".
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Old 01-16-2014, 09:34 PM
 
Location: Sinking in the Great Salt Lake
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Yep, it just sucks to be an Atheist.

You just live hand to mouth, like an animal. You are never inspired, you never wonder, never learn and never hope for greater things. Everything is about selfishly fulfilling your base carnal desires and you are just OK with whatever happens because hell... take away god and what else is there, right?

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Old 01-16-2014, 09:59 PM
 
Location: East Coast of the United States
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Yep, it just sucks to be an Atheist.

You just live hand to mouth, like an animal. You are never inspired, you never wonder, never learn and never hope for greater things. Everything is about selfishly fulfilling your base carnal desires and you are just OK with whatever happens because hell... take away god and what else is there, right?
Wow. Where do you get these ideas?
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Old 01-16-2014, 10:08 PM
 
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Wow. Where do you get these ideas?
I think he's being sarcastic.
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Old 01-16-2014, 10:19 PM
 
Location: NJ
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Teddy Roosevelt laughs at your monkey.

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Old 01-16-2014, 10:21 PM
 
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From Year Without God | a former pastor's journey into atheism :

"I'm making it official and embarking on a new journey. I will "try on" atheism for a year. For the next 12 months I will live as if there is no God. I will not pray, read the Bible for inspiration, refer to God as the cause of things or hope that God might intervene and change my own or someone else's circumstances. (I trust that if there really is a God that God will not be too flummoxed by my foolish experiment and allow others to suffer as a result)."

IOW, he's just pretending to be an atheist. What will that prove - that he's a good actor?

More discussion can be found here: "My desire is, as always, to pursue the truth." | MetaFilter
I don't buy it, because pretending to be anything that is contrary to who you is just acting or role playing. I could 'pretend' to be a theists, or gay, but when it comes down to the actual 'deeds', nope, we ain't going there.
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Old 01-17-2014, 12:44 AM
 
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The guy is doing this for attention, of course, he's writing a book. Is this supposed to be a novel idea? What will it prove except his own personal bias and he stated he is searching for truth? This is a dumb idea, IMHO
But wouldn't it be funny if he deconverted?


Well, I wanted to signup on his board to ridicule him, but of course, registration costs $5 via Paypal. wow.
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