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Posted: 21 January 2016 12:16 PM   [ Ignore ]
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Hey everyone, my name is Richard.  I was a Christian all my life (20+ years) until recently, when I had to abandon the faith.  Believe it or not, it is possible to be reasoned out of something you were not reasoned into.  Not only was I a Christian (of a controversial cult-like group called The Local Church), but I went to a bible school for two years, read the bible around 10 times from cover to cover, read volumes of commentary on the bible, and until recently volunteered in a number of areas at my local church.  Well after reading some books on career related matters, I eventually had an interest to read about psychology and other scientific areas.  Eventually, I came to the point to try my best to question my faith with minimal bias.  Well the results turned out to be great.  After reading a number of science related books as well as critical books on Christianity I found my way out!

Now I am a member of The Clergy Project, a Point of Inquiry fan, part of my local skeptics group, and am awaiting my first issue of The Skeptical Inquirer.  I love skepticism and critical thinking.  I have a B.S. in Electrical Engineering, so perhaps the scientific background that I got there is what has helped me along the way.  I was not just a believer in Christian theology, but also some alternative medicine techniques and paranormal/supernatural claims.  A lot of this is new for me, and it is nice to have my mind freed of many irrational beliefs and able to live a more fulfilling life as a result. 

I’ll probably have some posts soon in other forums and I look forward to interacting with you all!

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Posted: 21 January 2016 01:37 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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What’s up? How ya doin?

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Posted: 21 January 2016 01:50 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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Man, I hope that you do contribute.  It can be intimidating, I think, for many, to do so.  It seems to me that there are a lot of folks who could be good contributors, who introduce themselves, and then, we hear little or nothing else from them.

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Posted: 21 January 2016 01:54 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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TimB - 21 January 2016 01:50 PM

Man, I hope that you do contribute.  It can be intimidating, I think, for many, to do so.  It seems to me that there are a lot of folks who could be good contributors, who introduce themselves, and then, we hear little or nothing else from them.

Yes, I do plan on contributing.  I hope to learn from you all and will post some questions soon.

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