From Minister To Atheist In 5 Simple Steps

Thought Catalog

(Theist: n. Belief in the existence of a god or gods, especially belief in a personal God as creator and ruler of the world. — thefreedictionary.com)

My story inevitably provokes this question, and it’s almost always phrased the same way: “How in the world does a Pentecostal preacher become an Atheist?”

It’s a simple question, but as you would expect, not a simple answer. The answer took a lifetime to live and it has taken an entire book to detail. As I traveled the country explaining it to people, I’ve realized that the only way my journey from believer to ardent non-believer can be explained is through a series of steps. I realize I don’t have much time here, so I will keep those steps brief. (I was gratified to see even the prominent philosopher Daniel Dennett work my steps into his presentation at the Global Atheist convention in Australia.)

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