'More than half of Britons think religion does more harm than good. A lack of religion is a common feature of advanced societies, and a new poll is the latest in a long line that show a marked decline in religiosity, particularly among young people'.
(Benjamin Jones, 'Is it any wonder religion is on the wane?', The Guardian, 15 February 2015)

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   Ex-Christian.net

'The greatest single cause of atheism in the world today is Christians who acknowledge Jesus with their lips and walk out the door and deny him by their lifestyle. That is what an unbelieving world simply finds unbelievable.'
(Brennan Manning)
'Researchers concluded: “Religious beliefs are irrational, not anchored in science, not testable and, so, don’t appeal to intelligent people”.'
('Atheists are smarter', Daily Express, 17 August 2013)
'[The]...scientists were members of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS). Our survey found near universal rejection of the transcendent by NAS natural scientists. Disbelief in God and immortality among NAS biological scientists was 65.2% and 69.0%, respectively, and among NAS physical scientists it was 79.0% and 76.3%. Most of the rest were agnostics on both issues, with few believers.'
('Leading scientists still reject God', Nature, Vol. 394, No. 6691, 1998. p. 313)
'Religious belief drops when analytical thinking rises...Analytic thinking reduced religious belief regardless of how religious people were to begin with.'
(''How critical thinkers lose their faith in God', Scientific American, 1 May 2012)
In memory of Farrell Till (1933 - 2012)
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    I was raised a nominal Christian but was converted to evangelical, fundamentalist Christianity in my early teens. I attended a church, being baptised by immersion, and as a Christian, I carefully studied the Bible (that we were always being told to do): in doing this, I found discrepancies, inconsistencies, contradictions and outright immoralities. I could not obtain any sensible explanation for these from the minister, or indeed any other Christian, and so by my late teens, I had completely abandoned my Christian faith.
   The other reasons for doing this were: (a)the problem and extent of suffering (including non-human animal suffering); (b)the idea that only a small number would be 'saved', (c)the hypocrisy of Christians and (d)how many of my fellow-Christians apparently knew little about the Bible (i.e., they read the 'favourite' texts, and litle else and if they did, it was through very predudiced eyes. Few seemed to have any interest in the history of the church, the development of creedal belief and the canon). Any literature read was written by fellow evangelicals with no meaningful analysis.
   And so by the time I was 18, I had completely abandoned my faith, and in subsequent years, all that I have encountered has provided further weight to the wisdom of this decision. Abandoning my faith produced a truly wonderful and liberating freedom, and allowed me to think for myself. As noted by Dr David Eller:
"Almost universally, the benefit of deconversion is an experience...of liberation and of the right to claim one's mind for oneself"
Natural Atheism (2004), p.12
    In 1984, I went to a humanist bookstore to obtain some reading material. I was disappointed to see so few books dealing with the Bible and Christian belief. The only books in the category of interest to me were by a writer, G. A. Wells (1926–2017), of whom I had never heard: nonethless, I bought them. They were:
The Jesus of the Early Christians (Pemberton, 1971)
Did Jesus Exist? (Pemberton: Prometheus, 1st ed. 1975, 2d ed. 1986)
The Historical Evidence for Jesus (Prometheus, 1982, 2d ed. 1988)

   I began reading them on my journey home and was horrified to read that Wells had suggested Jesus never existed. I was annoyed that I had wasted my money on such nonsense. However, after a few weeks I decided to read the books and I was astonished at the detail that Wells included and the calm and analytical approach he adopted. I found his argument to be not only logical but irrefutable and I became convinced of the mythicist stance, and nearly 35 years later I would describe myself as an ardent mythicist. With the advent of the internet I have continued to examine the subject, and a few years ago, I came across Earl Doherty's website and purchased his books:
The Jesus Puzzle (Age of Reason Publications. 2005 - First published 1999)
Challenging the Verdict (Age of Reason Publications. 2001)
Jesus: Neither God Nor Man (Age of Reason Publications. 2009)
   These asserted, as some other mythicists do, that the early church viewed Jesus's life and death to be celestial (non-worldly) events. I must admit that, perhaps as a man in the 21st century Western world, I have difficulties believing this and particularly so as there are texts that confirm the early writers, e.g., Paul in Rom 1:3, did believe Jesus had an earthly life at some (undisclosed) time earlier.
   The belief that the first Christians believed in a celestial Jesus is of course possible but I'm inclined to believe that the Jesus of whom Paul (and other early Christian writers) spoke was viewed as a figure who had lived an inconspicuous life 'sometime in the past' on earth, and had begun to reveal himself by direct revelations to certain messianists to warn of the impending eschaton. Both forms of mythicist thinking view Jesus as someone who had no historical existence.

   I would also mention that Wells wrote further books:
Religious Postures: Essays on Modern Christian Apologists and Religious Problems (Open Court, 1988)
Who Was Jesus? A Critique of the New Testament Record (Open Court, 1989)
Belief and Make-Believe: Critical Reflections on the Sources of Credulity (Open Court, 1991)
The Jesus Legend (Open Court, 1996)
The Jesus Myth (Open Court, 1999)
Can We Trust the New Testament? Thoughts on the Reliability of Early Christian Testimony (Open Court, 2004)
Cutting Jesus Down to Size: What Higher Criticism Has Achieved and Where It Leaves Christianity (Open Court, 2009)
   And I have no hesitation in recommending all of these too.

   Furthermore, a number of other, excellent books, dealing with the historicity question, have appeared in recent years: the heavyweight of these is the 712-page On the Historicity of Jesus: Why We Might Have Reason for Doubt (Sheffield Phoenix, 2004), by Richard Carrier that I cannot recommend too strongly. A smaller book that I would recommend is Jesus Did Not Exist: A Debate Among Atheists by Raphael Lataster. There are now many other books available that deal on this topic, e.g. Nailed: Ten Christian Myths That Show Jesus Never Existed at All, by David Fitzgerald: I have found these books to be extremely useful.

I trust you will find the content of this website to be both interesting and helpful.

Regards,

David (England). 2019.



*** Christianity in action ***
* 'Let there be light crude.'
* 'Founder of God TV Rory Alec steps down following 'a moral failure' in his marriage.'
* 'Author of Christian relationship guide says he has lost his faith.'
* 'I did not die. I did not go to heaven.'
* 'Former conversion therapy [Christian minister] leader comes out: "I hurt people".'
* 'Catholic Church and 'avalanche of child sexual abuse accusations in the last decades'.'
* 'Alabama evangelist...pleads guilty to 28 sex crimes.'
* 'Self-styled prophet claims devil made him rape children and force them to have abortions.'
* ''We forgive him': evangelical Christian swing voters stay loyal to Trump.'
* 'Evangelicals using religion for political gain is nothing new. It is a US tradition.'
* 'Disgraced religious order tried to get abuse victim to lie.'