Sometimes the negative genie just won't stay in one's psyche, but finally explodes out in fury.
That happened to me today--for many different reasons--while I was trying to finish up a good article on science versus religion. (That post will go partially incomplete for a while.)
This afternoon, I read another excellent and honest article on life and loss of faith.
Here's what I posted to Neil Carter's website in answer to his questions on loss of faith:
Neil Carter: "What did you once have that you lost upon leaving your faith?"
Daniel: All of the items you pointed out except not "belief that everything happens for a reason." I was strongly opposed to that idea.
When a young child dies of leukemia like happened here recently or the tsunami killed hundreds of thousands of people in Indonesia several years back, I never thought that such tragedies were part of a divine plan, never thought they were somehow necessary.
The main quality I lost 3 years ago when I came to the conclusion that Christianity can't be true, is the loss of hope. True, I had been losing hope as I gradually lost faith in religion over a period of years, but 3 years ago, it was like the nail in the coffin, right into the bleeding heart liberal...
Now, I continue to work for human rights, for justice and equality, and won't quit, but I really wonder if humans will ever overcome war, inequality, hate, prejudice, dishonesty, religious delusion, horrific beliefs, etc. One of my favorite aphorisms was from Martin Luther King Jr.:
"The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice."
Now, at present, I wonder if that is really true. I don't have as much hope in such thoughts as I once did.
Neil Carter: "And more importantly for moving forward, how have you learned to cope with the loss of it?"
Daniel: I don't think I have learned to cope. Some days are better than others. Some much worse.
Talking about such issues online has helped. And continuing to work for groups I am a member of such as Amnesty International also helps encourage me.
So far I've been unable to find a group in my city on the central coast of California that has a passion for human rights and justice, but I am still looking. Our city tends to be very fundamentalistic in religion and politics.
And I belong to a book club where another individual, like me once was involved with SDS in the late 60's and still is concerned with justice and equality for all. That's important.
For those who would like to think further on this issue, consider reading Neil Carter’s vivid article at
I disagree with some points that Neil espouses—such as his view of “Godless,”—but he is a real humanist, compassionate, reasonable, and is an excellent essayist, lucid and well-organized in his prose.
In the Light,