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avatar1I am an atheist stay-at-home parent and Bible hobbyist with a lifelong interest in world religions and mythologies. It all began when, as a bairn, I received my very own copy of Edith Hamilton’s Mythology, which piqued my fancy with its fantastical – and frequently gruesome – stories of gods and monsters and heroes.

In my formal education, I began my GCE studies (a Britishism essentially meaning the focus of one’s studies during the equivalent of high school) in Religious Studies, before my plans were interrupted by a move across the pond. I resumed as a university student, minoring in Religions (with a major in English Literature and another half minor in Psychology). My focus then was on New Testament studies, but the choice was mostly informed by the wonderful, funny, entertaining, and rather personable professor who taught it.

In addition to reading the Bible, I also read other things. I also enjoy painting space-scapes (like landscapes, but of outer space), playing with perler beads, and writing fiction.

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  1. David
    Jun 27, 2011 @ 21:49:57

    A commendable and ambitious goal! I do encourage you in it, although, as a Christian, I can say that whoever told you you would be converted by reading the Bible did not truly know their Bible. It is possible that, while reading it, you may be convicted of sin and turn to Christ for repentance — that has happened often enough — but the Bible does not promise that will happen. As you learn about the gospel, you will have to make a choice. Many have read the Bible and rejected its message, and many have had their lives changed for the better after only reading a part. One person’s experience does not predict what another’s will be like. *shrug* I’m saying this just in case you or someone reading this gets the idea that “Christianity says that just reading its Bible will convert you!” That’s not the case, because that would imply a kind of compulsion, and salvation can never be forced. You may like it, or you may not like it at all. Just be sure that the Bible was not written to be liked. It was written as truth to be believed.

    While my blog is about fantasy, sci-fi, and historical adventure stories, I do write about my faith and beliefs when the stories provoke them. I’d be happy to talk about Christianity and the Bible with you. You have an ambitious goal here and I’ll be interested to see how you compare the Bible with the Book of Mormon and the Qur’an. Good luck and (do you mind me saying?) God bless on your reading adventures!

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    • MrPopularSentiment
      Jun 27, 2011 @ 22:04:30

      Thanks for stopping by, David!

      I’m sorry if I gave the impression that the “reading Bible = conversion” was a Christian trait, as opposed to a trait of many Christians. You are absolutely correct that there are just as many, if not more, Christians who do not believe this.

      But as an atheist, the Christians I most often encounter (knowingly, which would mean within the context of religious debate, which will obviously attract a different group of Christians than one is likely to meet by chance in a coffee shop) are of that type.

      While I’m frequently finding myself in disagreement with other atheists’ interpretations, such as the ones found on the Skeptic’s Annotated Bible, I’m also having a very hard time seeing the Bible as truth. Containing some truth, sure, but only unreliably and containing just as much injustice and general yuchy-morality-ness.

      If you have the time and inclination, I would very much love for you to read it along with me and post your own thoughts in the comments. For example, if you feel that I’m interpreting something incorrectly, or that I’m just not “getting it,” I think it would be great to have more than just my own perspective.

      I quite enjoyed what I read of your blog, actually! You certainly put a lot more work into it than I do with my own book review blog 🙂

      And just because you asked, I absolutely do not mind ‘God blesses’ so long as they are meant in good spirit, just as I wouldn’t mind someone wishing me well in their own language. It’s sometimes used passive-aggressively, but so are more secular alternatives. So back to you, I shall simply say thank you and I hope for all the best in your future readings!

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  2. Lana
    Mar 08, 2013 @ 01:11:39

    Interesting blog topic. So were you raised non-religious but exposed to different religiouns?

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    • MrPopularSentiment
      Mar 10, 2013 @ 13:31:46

      Hi Lana, thank you for your comment! I was raised in a very Catholic area (and attended Sunday School and service for most of my life. But at home, my parents had no particular religious convictions of their own (and, in retrospect, could probably have been considered agnostic or atheist).

      As a result, I was very supported in studying and experimenting with religions – something that was helped by travelling a lot as a child and getting to see many different religions expressed “in their native habitat,” so to speak.

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