Monday, April 19, 2010
Bearing Witness is a term that many of us ex-Christians may bristle at. It has a bunch of mumbo-jumbo connotations. It is a powerful tactic however, and one that can be divorced from the mumbo and the jumbo. For me it's simply telling my story. It's telling my story that life gets better without God, that I love my children just as much as any believer does, and that Atheists in general are happy well-adjusted people.
I also like to refer to pop culture to make my point. One of my favorite arguments utilizes the movie, The Matrix. At the end of the first act Morpheus offers Neo the choice of seeing the world as it is or staying in illusion. My point is that everyone says they will choose to see the world as it is. However, being serious about that decision means you are willing to jettison everything you believe in. Everything is a lot. A whole lot. What I finish with is that one can not even start the journey of seeing the world as it is if you do not entertain the idea that God will not be part of reality.
Ultimately, (and this may sound strange to people who know me well) I try not to sound like an asshole.
It makes Purgatory a bit more livable.