As I prepared to begin phase 2 of my research – examining the truth claims of Christianity and the Bible – I quickly determined that regardless of where my investigation led, these would be my new foundations for belief.
Truth should withstand scrutiny.
“Faith” with insufficient evidence as a basis for belief is a liability.
Minimizing presuppositions is necessary if I hope to discover the truth.
At a minimum, a just god who punishes is morally obliged to inform transgressors of the requirements ahead of time.
The burden of proof is on the one making the claim.
Along with the evidence (and lack thereof, in some cases), these ideas would later underpin the reasons “Why I’m Not a Christian” (WINC). Continue reading →
I only alluded to this in my first post. (The quotes below are from the same.)
Not too long after graduating [from a conservative evangelical Christian university], I became pretty frustrated with what the Christian life was for me – especially with my “overactive conscience”. So I just kind of “set my faith aside”. I regret that now.
That cognitively dissonant phase – from my early 20s to my early 30s – was not the questioning. They were quite separate, overall. During that time, I generally didn’t really doubt the (supposed) truth of Christianity. I “just couldn’t do it anymore”.
Some events came to pass recently which forced me to face that cognitive dissonance that I had lived with for several years.