After spending most of my adult life in professional church work, as a missionary/teacher and pastor, on March 25 on MSNBC’s “Up W/ Chris Hayes” I publicly came out as a freethinker who could no longer affirm the metaphysical claims of Christianity. My journey has been a long one. In retrospect I see that it began with a close reading of the Bible and becoming aware of too many questions I could not answer: the exaggerations, the fabrications, the inconsistencies and the outright brutality–both in the Old Testament and the New Testament. In the past couple years I’ve done a bit of reading in behavioral genetics, evolutionary psychology, cognitive neur0science, and paleo-anthropology. Slowly the pieces came together and few months ago I came to finally see religion as a purely human phenomenon, shaped by evolution and by the geopolitical facts on the ground of human culture.
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