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Reason over speculative faith

Created on Jul 21 2011
Hello everyone at RDF!
My name is Steven Ferguson. I'm 23 years old and am currently a college student about to transfer to Niagara University in Niagara Falls, NY. I recently stopped going to my Presbyterian church after years of attending faithfully. I held many positions within the church, I was Treasurer, corporate president, and stated clerk. I would even house sit for my Pastor and his wife when they would go on trips. I, along with many many other Christians whom I personally know, had doubt about the historical and scientific background associated with Christianity, and I decided to do something radical for a Christian: I read and investigated the Bible to the best of my ability. After reading countless theological books supporting the faith, I noticed a common trend: every single one of them presupposes that God is already in existence and that this God, his word (bible), and son (Jesus) are a matter of fact, not speculation. Not one of them ever bring into question the notion that it could all be myth. I stumbled across a YouTube video of Richard Dawkins giving a lecture at a women's university where he discusses the God Delusion, and every single point he brought up were subjects that I was searching for. So after researching how the Bible got put into existence, how the life of Jesus is no more fact than the flying spaghetti monster, and carefully examining my own theology and beliefs, I came to the most rational and scientifically based conclusion: Christianity is a myth. I sent a letter to my church somewhat boldly explaining to them why I could not continue to hold my duties to the church. My pastor insisted that we meet and talk about this. After a few hours of basically not answering my questions and always answering with the logic of "God is real and the Bible is his un-flawed word"I realized more than ever that I had made the right choice. I have found more passion for reason and history and science than ever before. This is all very recent however, and I see that I still have a lot of "un-brainwashing" to do, but each day brings something new, something real. I would like to thank you and Richard Dawkins for illuminating my mind and helping re-spark my reason.
I wish you all the best
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