Friday, November 14, 2008

Becoming an Atheist

The other day, as I was perusing the internet, I came across this draft of a chapter from an upcoming book.  The chapter is about a girl named Lily and her journey of faith, doubt, and an eventual break from the Christian faith.  I would encourage you to read the chapter and post your thoughts.

1 comment:

James said...

I read the chapter and found it interesting enough that I went on the read some of her blog. One of my first thoughts was "theologically, how will people view an ex-Christian atheist?"

One group would say "She was never a TRUE Christian to begin with." I really don't like this answer, because it purports to know the heart of someone. I don't want to make that judgment, and I don't know if anybody else should, either. This debate can get into "predestination vs free will" and that debate always seems to end up angry and convoluted.

Another school of thought is "once saved, always saved." They might classify her as a "carnal Christian" who would probably come around, eventually.

Then there are the universalists who believe that she will be reconciled to God eventually, as will everyone, since Jesus died and was resurrected to save everyone.

I think she has to find her own path of reason and truth, as we all must.

Since you posed the question, I'd be interested in hearing your thoughts on it.