My name is Dean Esmay, and I am a secular social critic. I am also a former Atheist, and what I call a "Little-o" orthodox Christian. Orthodox Christianity is very different from the Bible-only, "believe or burn" type of Christianity so often stereotyped in the media and that are so often the loudmouths of the Internet, flinging Bible verses at people and giving you their own opinions, telling people that they'll burn if they don't believe in Jesus, etc.
Orthodox type Christians are not like that and don't behave that way. We don't knock on your doors either. We don't believe in treating people of different races badly. We don't believe in mistreating people, or treating them as less valuable than anyone else--even if they do things we think are bad for them, like sex outside of marriage and stuff like that. We don't tell them how to live or think to judge them. We try to accept people for who they are, while telling them what we think is a Godly life. You aren't required to believe us.
Orthodox type Christians include Eastern Orthodox, Assyrian/Non-Chalcedonian Orthodox, Roman Catholic, Coptics, even Anglicans and others who still embrace historic orthodoxy.
I've started Escaping Atheism as a new project with some of my fellow little-o Orthdox Christians. Our goal isn't to get you to believe or burn. Our goal isn't even to get you to become a Christian, although obviously we'd be happy if you did. On the other hand, if you told us you accepted Jesus Christ as your personal savior right here and now, we would tell you that doesn't mean anything, that the Demons in Hell know Jesus is Lord. You've got way more work to do than just saying the magic words and believing.
But we also believe no one gets converted by harassing them. We aren't here to talk about why be Christian. We're here to talk to you about Why Not to Be Atheist.
We welcome the perspective of philosophical theists. Many do not know this but most of the great Stoic philosophers of ancient Greece were very religious believers in God the ultimate source of reality, as well as smaller gods for things like nature or war. So did many of the great Epicureans. Not to mention people like Socrates, Aristotle and Plato. The great Bantu philosophers of Africa too, understood the idea of God, as did the ancient Zoroastrians with their concept of Aharu Mazda. While not all Hindu have the idea of God, most do, in the Brahma (or sometimes known by other names) who dreams the universe into existence, and continues to dream the universe, while other smaller gods and spirits and people act within the God's dream.
The fact is that you don't have to be Christian or any religion to believe in God.
The fact also is, most people naturally believe in God, without being prompting; only a minority of people, many of them autistic, lack this natural understanding of God.
At Escaping Atheism we think Atheism's a terrible cultural poison. It's a mind-numbing ideology that brings nothing good and much bad to the culture. It doesn't help science and isn't scientific. It isn't particularly intelligent and doesn't make you more intelligent either.
Furthermore, Atheism is deserving of much criticism. It's warped into a cult that, like feminism, poisons everything it touches. Science is poisoned by atheism. Art is poisoned by atheism. Polite conversation is destroyed by Atheism. Rational discourse is destroyed by Atheism.
And yet we see on the Internet and in our popular culture figures who contiue to simultaneously claim Atheism is not a belief or an ideology, then spout talking point after talking point about their Atheism that's easily debunked.
My intention with Escaping Atheism is to do a daily podcast or video if possible, and to hopefully raise enough money to make this a full-time job for myself and possibly other volunteers. The need is great, and growing, as mind-numbing, evidence-denying, science-denying materialist Atheism, often hiding under names like "Skeptic" or "Humanist" (even though most Atheists are ludicrous gullible and often quite inhumane in their outlook).
Please find us on http://patreon.com/deanesmay
or on our new web site, ESCAPINGATHEISM.COM
. The web site is just beginning, as our volunteers keep working in their part time and trying to raise money for things like site development.
We are literally shoestringing this with nothing but gumption and prayer.
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