In December of 2019 an atheist video made the rounds on the internet that explained the reasons why people left faith and the and challenges that came about as a result. This is a brief post to lay the foundation for three days of discussion for what was revealed. During this I am going to squeeze in a couple of other posts about some of the stories I am working on.
“I have a great love and respect for religion, great love and respect for atheism. What I hate is agnosticism, people who do not choose.“
Downtown San Francisco, California. The Salesforce Tower is in the far back peaking through in the center of the picture.
A survey of atheists.
In December of 2019 an interesting video about atheism made the rounds on the internet. It grew out of a survey that was done by Anthony Magnabosco and Rebecca Fox who are from the United Kingdom. They put out a survey about why people let go of their beliefs and and 850 people responded. Most of those who responded were Americans. They tweeted about the project in December and you can see it below.
In the survey there are three things that came forward. I find what people said deeply interesting and over the next few days I want to look into each topic more deeply.
- Most people who walked away from God did so because of the problem of evil.
- Those who let go of God and who walked away from faith found improved emotional health and a solid well-being.
- The most difficult part of the leaving faith? It is the abandonment, shunning, stigma of lost relationships. And in some situations friends and family suffered because of those who walked away from faith.
Each of these topics are fascinating and deserve to be looked at in more detail. From my prior faith crisis to what some in the atheist community emailed me I heard some interesting experiences that I would like so share that go along with those three major points. So while I write about a few church situations in the next week expect to see three posts detailing those issues above. The purpose of this post is to lay the foundation for the work over the next week. The Friendly Atheist wrote about this video here. And before I start to write about this I am going to ask you to watch the video. The website for more information about this project is here. I hope to get the first post up tomorrow night.