Joined: Jan. 2006
|Quote (keiths @ Sep. 27 2012,17:11)|
|I'll repeat my two points: 1) detardation is almost always a gradual process, and 2) there is rarely a single, isolated cause.|
#1 means that you won't see detardation in the immediate aftermath of an Internet discussion, even if that discussion had a detardative impact. (Plus the fact that even pseudonymous commenters are loathe to admit error.)
#2 means that you'll rarely find ex-tards identifying a single reason for their detardation. In my case, I credit conversations with friends (including the Mormon I mentioned earlier), voracious reading, and just plain thinking about the issues. They all contributed.
You typically hear people say things like "I just came to realize over time that my position didn't hold up to scrutiny." What they don't say is "On September 27th at UD, Erasmus FCD defeated my last argument in favor of intelligent design and I became a Darwinist." That doesn't mean that your argument didn't have an impact.
A recent detard story fits the mold:
|"No it was very, very gradual. Actually there's not really one single moment where I can look back and say ah, that was the moment. It was kind of a slow progression," Teresa MacBain shared about her loss of faith with CP in a phone interview on Tuesday...|
Unable to point to one specific incident that made her change her mind about God and the Bible, MacBain chronicled the train of thought that led her from the Christian faith to her secularist reasoning today.
"It's just theological. I had no problems with the church or the structure or the organization. There are basically four steps that occurred over a long period of time. One was the contradictory nature of the Bible; the lack of scientific or historical foundation or accuracy, which took me a very, very long time to come to terms with. That was the starting point I guess when I realized that that wasn't true, that the Bible wasn't true. From there I moved to thinking about all of the religions in the world and how people basically associate, in most cases, with one religion or another based upon their own culture and how they were raised," she said.
"So I kind of moved into a position where I thought that all religions were equally valid and that it kind of depended on who you were and how you were raised but that we were all on the same journey. From there I moved to the question of the existence of hell and trying to understand how a supreme being could create humans that according to the Christian Bible are very weak and finite, as compared to God. How that creature, being, entity, whatever you want to call it, could punish them eternally in such a horrible and torturous place as hell. So that was kind of a third discovery."
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