I was approached some time ago by the writer of the blog You, Me, and Religion to do an interview over there. The blog is dedicated to gathering the stories of people of various faiths and the non-religious like me. People from all different religions and walks of life have been interviewed, and I’m happy to be a part of the project.
There’s quite a few questions in the standard interview, 21 in all, it’s a long interview, and when I was reading my responses, I was thinking, “damn, I’m long winded”. As usual, I talk about my past, my transition from Christian fundamentalist to agnostic, and being the Undercover Agnostic, but I also dive into quite a few other issues including reincarnation, the Freethought Blogs/Atheism + controversy, Islam and Sharia, the US concept of patriotism, John Piper and Neo-Calvinism, and much more.
Here’s a few excerpts from the interview:
When asked what my reaction would be if I had children and they ended up not becoming atheist or agnostic:
If I did have a child, and they grew up and wanted to be something other than an atheist, well, that’s their choice. I wouldn’t have objections unless they become a religious fundamentalist, and/or join a dangerous cult. I’m not of the mindset that one’s children, especially when they become young adults, shouldn't have no rights, which is the way I was treated. That’s a toxic mentality to have in a family.
On holidays and atheism:
I celebrate the typical holidays that are widely celebrated in the US, and I don’t mind the typical get togethers and feasts associated with them, but I have found that some of them have become rather hollow, and have no real meaning to me. Some, because of their religious origins, like Christmas and Easter, even though Christmas has become more and more of a secular holiday in recent decades in the
Maybe it’s because my family always stressed the religious meanings of those
days (“remember the real reason for the season”), and I tend to associate them
too much with the Christian fundamentalism of my past. Maybe my feelings will
change in time. US
On the idea of Heaven:
“There is no heaven or hell, but honestly, sometimes I wish there was. I mean, wouldn’t it be nice to know that some of the worst murderers, terrorists, and dictators in history or even people that have abused you in your lifetime will get what’s coming to them in the next life?”
Check out the rest of the interview at You, Me and Religion
Sheldon’s note: For some reason, all of the links I had in the post were removed, and part of my response to question 19 will not make any sense without the video of John Piper that I was referring to. Here is the video I was talking about: