Gary, How Many Christians have Deconverted Due to your Efforts?

Answer:  None that I know of.

Why would I want to deconvert Christians?

I see myself as an evangelist.  An evangelist of truth.  An evangelist of truth no matter what it is; no matter how ugly and unpleasant it is.  I am not looking for a comfortable, cheery reality.  I am looking for reality as it is.

I believe that the evidence is overwhelming that the natural world view is the truth.  The natural world view is reality.  What is the natural world view?  The natural world view is that everything in our universe follows the laws of physics, without exception.  If a supernatural world exists, it exists outside of our universe and does not intrude into our universe.  Therefore its existence, if real, is irrelevant to our reality.

I am passionate in my desire to share this truth with others.  I am passionate to share the truth that capricious invisible beings with supernatural powers do not operate in our universe, and very likely do not exist.  I am passionate in my desire to rid the world of superstitions.

I am an evangelist for non-supernaturalism.

So I am not ashamed to say that I desire to deconvert Christians (and any other theist).  But have my efforts paid off?

I see no direct evidence.

Should I be discouraged?  No.  And here is why:  The chances of deconverting an indoctrinated theist is very low, in my experience.  Indoctrinated theists are too emotionally attached to their superstitions to give them up due to cold, objective evidence.  If one believes that an invisible being lives within his body, communicates with him, and gives him secret knowledge and insight, it is going to be very difficult to convince that person that his invisible friend does not exist.

But I take encouragement from the headlines found even on Christian blogs and websites:  Young Christians are leaving Christianity by the hundreds of thousands.

Millenials Leaving the Church in Droves

Quote from this linked article:

…our millennials, unlike previous twenty-something’s, are growing up in a world much different than previous generations. They are growing up in the age of the internet, which has produced unparalleled shifts in how people live and think. Many sociologists have compared these shifts to those that took place with the printing press back in the 15th century. Just as information and literacy spread at the speed of sound in the wake of the printing press, now information and power has spread at the speed of light with the invention of the internet. And we have little clue about the socialmentalspiritual, and civil impact this will bring. We stand right smack dab in the eye of the storm.  There’s little evidence that our millennials who once sat at the feet of godly men and women in Sunday School will ever darken the doors of the church again.”

I believe that it is information on the Internet that is driving this mass exodus from the Christian superstition.  I am proud to be a part of that information campaign.  As in any major struggle, every person’s contribution to the fight is important, no matter how big or small.  We are involved in one of the greatest movements, greatest struggles in the history of humanity:  the debunking of religious superstitions!

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6 thoughts on “Gary, How Many Christians have Deconverted Due to your Efforts?

  1. I love this! It’s so true. It takes every small part of “the voice of reason” to forge a safe society in which we are free to challenge religious myth and awaken to reality.

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  2. Your work is unlikely to be directly responsible for anybody deconverting; however, we do know that people do change their mind, and change them because of interactions with other atheists. No one interaction is likely to change a hard set belief, but many interactions over time can break down defenses (as your own story attests.)

    Theistic superstitions are slowly dying in the West. Let us work to continue the trend.

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    1. I’m not trying to eradicate Christianity specifically. My goal is to get people to be more skeptical of claims in general, and learn the difference between good science and pseudoscience. I want people to have values that lead to a happier, and safer, world for everyone.

      People who understand the importance of skepticism, empiricism, and rational thinking, and who examine the beliefs that they hold sacred, will tend to be less superstitious in general. If I only convincing people that Christianity is false, many (but not all) will simply look for something else to replace it with. Give them the tools to evaluate claims and they’re more likely to reject other superstitious nonsense as well.

      The choice we have is between reason and superstitious thinking and beliefs. Religion is just one of many superstitions in the world today!

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  3. I have spent the past ten years writing about Evangelical Christianity. While my goal has never been to evangelize, I can say a number of people have written to tell me that my writing was instrumental in their deconversion. My goal is to disabuse Evangelicals of their notions about the inspiration, inerrancy, and infallibility of the Christian Bible. Literalism and certainty wall Evangelicals off from knowledge and true intellectual inquiry. Get them to doubt the nature of the Bible….well anything is possible. 😀

    Fundamentalism is the problem, and Evangelicalism is inherently Fundamentalist. Any move away from Fundamentalism is good. I would say, then, the larger group my writing reaches are people who are looking for kinder, gentler expressions of faith.

    Keep preaching the word, Gary. You are doing a good work.

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    1. Thanks Bruce and thank you again for being so instrumental in my own deconversion from the Christian superstition!

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