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There seem to be a few of us ex-mo's in the Nexus and it is good to share the particular intricacies of extracting oneself from Mormonism.
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Don't think I've heard "the spook" before, but it is funny. I also look forward to the day Kevin.
"god, jesus and the spook" "the spook"......I almost didn't have time to turn my face away from the computer screen before the spit take when I read that! ROFLMAO. I've used that term for years, didn't know anyone else did.
That was a well written article. Thank you for sharing his story. Also along the lines of Bible study: teaching the 8 year old Valiant class the old testament sealed my fate as an atheist. It became very clear when Sampson murdered 30 families to settle his gambling debts. It was ok they were Philistines. I said to myself he sounds like a murderous barbaric folk hero. I started pulling the string on the sweater and found religion to be the emperors new clothes. Everything that I thought was holy about the bible fell apart. The BOM is founded on biblical teachings and immediately became irrelevant. Bible study has a whole new meaning now. For the religious its always been an exercise in confirmation bias to settle cognitive dissonance. I am glad that most people have dissonance, and look forward to the day that god, jesus, and the spook go the way of Isis, Thor, and Zeus.
Thanks Kevin, it was a long time ago so it's easier to talk about. Annie, I agree. I minored in Near Eastern Ancient Studies and took Hebrew for two years so it was something I was really interested in even before I became an atheist. For anyone who's interested, here's a story Newsweek wrote about my brother here.
Hello William. I have a degree in Religious Studies for just the reasons that you mention. Religion is a very interesting and complex sociological study and the Bible is part of that. If you can look at it from that perspective and not turn it into some truth challenge then it can be an enjoyable read. Its the same thing when we read about the Roman or Greek Gods. However, glad you can join us. Especially in this forum.
I should probably add that I'm not saying the Bible is historically accurate, only that it gives insight into an ancient culture.
I find it's human origins very interesting. When you start peeling back all the textural layers and start examining what came from older source material and what came more recently you get an idea of the development of their religion. I hate how people use the Bible today as literally the word of God but it's a very usual book in examining human history in that region. You'd be surprised how many Atheists and Agnostics teach in theology departments.
Still "LOVE" the bybull???????????????????
I was a devout Mormon who only started questioning my beliefs when my brother came out as gay. After he shot himself on the steps of an LDS stake center one year later I REALLY started to question and it led me down the path to Atheism. Strangely I still love the Bible and find it very interesting from an academic standpoint, but I can't stand the B of M which is obviously just a cobbling together of Bible verses, J Smith's personal religious beliefs, and a very poorly constructed story that is so bad I have to shake me head in disbelief at times.
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