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Well If they grew up in a religious family and brainwashed from birth of course it took a long time to realise the truth.
That is why making your child follow your religion is abuse and morally wrong.
The process of writing, interviewing and researching gave me the
opportunity to hear the stories of many who have escaped religion. Most
of their stories reflect the following four themes:
1. Events that opened their eyes to religious manipulation in their
life or family;
2. Long hidden or suppressed doubts about the teachings;
3. Their ultimate act or declaration of liberation from organized
4. The double-edged sword of living without the crutch of a
supernatural friend and learning to accept full responsibility
Many of them recounted both the terror and the relief they felt after
leaving religion behind. Terror at realizing there was no longer an imaginary
friend; relief that no one was looking over their shoulder any more. Several
described the experience as similar to that of a child learning to go to sleep
without a favorite teddy bear. Others described it as simply growing up or
outgrowing the need for the imaginary friends of childhood.
I don’t want to leave the impression that everybody who contributed and
assisted with this book agrees with it completely. Each of us has our own
journey. My hope is that the questions and tools this book offers will lead
readers to critically examine the influence of religion in their life and culture.
In this 190-page autobiography, Seth Andrews (host of The Thinking Atheist) recounts his religious upbringing, his years in Christian schools, his decade as a Christian broadcaster, his ultimate apostasy, and how a 30-year believer could one day come to create one of the most popular atheist communities on the internet.
This book helps to give an inside-out look at the protestant Christian culture in the United States, and it will hopefully encourage others as they deal with the difficult questions in their own journeys toward truth.
- Parents have a right to raise their children in whatever religion they believe in. (no matter how stupid the rest of us think it is).
To deny parents the right to raise children in their religion means that the government will be more intrusive into the private lives of people. That scares me just as much as the thought of children being raised in extremist religions.