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I apologise in advance for the fact that this fills me with joy and hope.

Jonathan Edwards has abandoned Christianity.

“Once you start asking yourself questions like, ‘How do I really know there is a God?’ you are already on the path to unbelief,” Edwards says. “During my documentary on St Paul, some experts raised the possibility that his spectacular conversion on the road to Damascus might have been caused by an epileptic fit. It made me realise that I had taken things for granted that were taught to me as a child without subjecting them to any kind of analysis. When you think about it rationally, it does seem incredibly improbable that there is a God.”

Also, from gwinniegirl, Atheism Ad Contest on youtube.

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poliphilo
Jun. 27th, 2007 01:36 pm (UTC)
Well I never...

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pickwick
Jun. 28th, 2007 07:57 pm (UTC)
I know! And he was pretty much a fundamentalist, so...yay!
glamhag
Jun. 27th, 2007 05:01 pm (UTC)
I have no idea who he is, but that sort of thing's always good news.
kniblet
Jun. 27th, 2007 05:13 pm (UTC)
I've never heard of this guy, but any decrease in the God Quotient is cause to celebrate.
pentane
Jun. 27th, 2007 06:08 pm (UTC)
I don't think he's not believing for the right reasons. Pretty stupid ones, actually.
kniblet
Jun. 27th, 2007 06:30 pm (UTC)
Right reasons?
Personally, I can't think of a single good reason for which one would believe in a god.
pentane
Jun. 27th, 2007 06:47 pm (UTC)
Re: Right reasons?
And in the same way, there are plenty of stupid reasons not to believe.
kniblet
Jun. 28th, 2007 01:46 am (UTC)
Re: Right reasons?
Actually, there is only one reason not to believe, that being that there is no god to believe in.
pickwick
Jun. 28th, 2007 08:01 pm (UTC)
Re: Right reasons?
I don't think there are, really. Non-belief in something is the default state, and you have to have reasons to believe it exists. A chair exists because you can see it and sit on it. Gravity exists because you can see its effects, and hundreds of scientists have peer-reviewed the experiments and come to more or less a consensus, and society has accepted that consensus based on the experiments.
dibsy
Jun. 28th, 2007 11:50 pm (UTC)
Re: Right reasons?
I can think of a stupid reason not to believe in god.

"I don't believe in god, because the sky pixies told me not to."

Of course this is fairly synonomous with not believing in Odin because god said that he was the only one.
dibsy
Jun. 28th, 2007 02:50 am (UTC)
Having read the article I couldn't really find his reasons at all. The comment about St Paul and epilepsy explained one of the reasons why he began to question his faith, but the only part that directly addressed why he didn't believe was that the existence of god is "improbable." That's not stupid, it's perfectly reasonable and entirely accurate, especially if you specify a christian god of whatever sect he was in. The probability of the specific version of the specific god you were (usually) randomly born into actually being real is pretty much zero, wouldn't you agree?
pickwick
Jun. 28th, 2007 07:59 pm (UTC)
I would, but you knew that!
dibsy
Jun. 28th, 2007 11:52 pm (UTC)
Except for the flying spaghetti monster, of course. Anyone touched by his noodly appendage knows he is real.
a_pawson
Jun. 27th, 2007 06:46 pm (UTC)
He was an athlete and a very successful one at that. He won olympic and world championships in the triple jump. I think he still holds the world record in that event.
kniblet
Jun. 28th, 2007 01:48 am (UTC)
I did manage to pick some background up from the article, but thanks. :)
gwinniegirl
Jun. 28th, 2007 12:47 pm (UTC)
I enjoyed reading that, thanks. :) Each person who takes a similar stance whom I read about is another reassuring nudge that it's okay not to believe in a god. I do agree that his reasons are not too obvious from the article...but I loved reading about his tin of sardines! :D
gwinniegirl
Jun. 28th, 2007 12:48 pm (UTC)
Apologies for the shitty grammar.
pickwick
Jun. 28th, 2007 08:03 pm (UTC)
That was so bizarre, the tin of sardines!
frolix22
Jun. 28th, 2007 03:56 pm (UTC)
Once he started actually thinking about it he could not see any rational basis for God and religion. Seems pretty straightforward. I agree with him.
pickwick
Jun. 28th, 2007 08:04 pm (UTC)
It does seem straightforward, but it very rarely seems to happen to any really religious people - or they don't admit it, anyway. I think that's why it was surprising. I mean, they must all know that there's no rational basis for it, because people point it out frequently enough. Yet most of them don't go "Oh, I see, that makes sense!" and change their minds.
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