Godless in Dixie

Godless in Dixie

Creating a blog, videos, and a book

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About Godless in Dixie


My name is Neil Carter, and I write a blog on Patheos called Godless in Dixie in which I write about what it's like living as a former Evangelical in the heart of the Bible Belt.  Being "godless in Dixie" brings a certain set of challenges that anyone living in a very religious place but has left his or her religion can tell you.  It takes time to unpack your own religious tradition, so there's plenty to write about.  Being secular among the very religious can also make you quite unpopular, so there's plenty of work to be done on the social and political front as well.  I live in Mississippi, which by all counts is the most religious of all the states in the union.


I write in hopes of developing a better vocabulary to promote understanding between people on both sides of the the sacred/secular divide.  People are quick to argue but not always quick to empathize with those on the opposite side.  I've been on both sides now, and I think we could do a better job of communicating.  My first order of business is to create a useful place for dialogue between the religious and the non-religious, as well as to encourage other former Evangelicals to "come out" about their changed way of seeing the world.  They need to know they are not alone, and that there is life outside their tradition.

In addition to maintaining the blog, I intend to write a book about my journey from faith to secularism. 


Yes. I teach high school Algebra, which helps pay at least some of the bills. But as teacher pay in Mississippi goes...well, it still leaves much to be desired.

As I've connected with more people from backgrounds like my own, I've learned the need for this kind of writing is greater than I realized. There aren't yet many of us who are fully "out" about our apostasy, so there's lots to do. It takes time to answer emails, write blog posts, network with other secularists in the region, and keep up with what's going on in the world.  With reader support, I could devote more of my "free time" to the tasks I see before me, and maybe in time more will step forward to provide skeptical voices in my state and the ones surrounding me.

If you would prefer to give a singular donation rather than a recurring one, please visit Paypal and use the blog's email, [email protected]

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I would like to post daily content, but I teach full time and have part time jobs as well. With reader support I could drop one of my part time jobs and focus on writing every day.
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