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They were born into a Christian culture
and became believers because of cultural influences just like
Muslims in Iran,
or Catholics in Mexico,
or Buddhists in Thailand,
or Hindu's in India.

They know this and yet want to maintain theirs is the correct religion anyway,
just like Muslims, Catholics, Buddhists and Hindu's do when faced with this same sociological data.

Christians claim that these other religions are man-made ones.
But let's connect the dots here.

If other people in other parts of the globe
have created man-made religions

and are persuaded to believe in them because they were raised in their respective cultures,

then why is this not also true for their particular sect of Christianity?

- John W. Loftus M.A., M.Div.,
Th.M Trinity Evangelical Divinity School,

author of

"Why I Became An Atheist:
A Former Preacher Rejects Christianity".

and the editor of & a contributor to

"The Christian Delusion:
Why Faith Fails".

seen by their loyal followers
to have special access to
and understanding of the Divine,

have a special responsibility
to critically study
honestly examine
what they teach,
whatever their tradition."

"The competing traditions of mankind can not all be correct,
in fact none maybe correct."

"You are an intelligent human being.

Your life is valuable for its own sake.

You are not second-class in the universe, deriving meaning and purpose from some other mind.

You are not inherently evil
- you are inherently human,

possessing the positive rational potential to help make this a world of morality, peace and joy.

Trust yourself."

[ Dan Barker,
Former minister - now with
Freedom From Religion Foundation
in "Losing Faith in Faith" ]

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By Thomas S. Vernon, Professor of Philosophy

"There are many people who have, from time to time,
been tempted to think for themselves,
who have found themselves questioning beliefs they inherited but never really examined.

This is nowhere more apt to be the case than in the area of religious beliefs.
Our religious beliefs come to us in a protective coating of age and respectability,
like the invisible "force field" of science fiction.

It takes a degree of intellectual courage
to penetrate this penumbra of sanctity
and inspect a belief on its own merits.

Still, many people have done so.

They have themselves asking such questions as:
how do I know that this book called the Bible is supernaturally revealed and infallible word of God?

How do I know that there is even such a being as God?

When people begin seriously to raise questions of this sort,
they find that their "faith", that is, their accustomed belief-patterns,
seems increasingly insubstantial.

To loose one's faith may seem, in prospect,
like being turned out of a comfortable home
and left to fend for oneself in a vast and trackless waste.
Those with a persistent personality curiosity and adventurous spirit
will nevertheless leave their cozy shelter
and set out to learn for themselves what is it like "out there".

Although their first steps may be taken "in fear and trembling",
they begin to find that they are not alone.
They discover stalwart companions.
They learn, indeed, that they are" compassed about" with a "cloud of witnesses"

as their minds become strengthened by use,

as they begin to see what many have seen,
that their "spiritual home" was in reality a prison;
its walls were built of ignorance and fear,
and reinforced by habit and custom.

No one is kept in this prison but by oneself;
it is a prison where every inmate is his or her jailer.
Everyone, aware of it or not,
already has they key that will unlock the door:
the freedom to seek the truth.

I discovered that key years ago
and am now a happy escapee of long standing.

The following essays have been written in the hope that they give encouragement to those who are seeking and finding a similar release."

"Nothing is at last sacred but the integrity of your own mind"

- Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Abraham Lincoln (1809 - 1865):

"My earlier views of the unsoundness
of the Christian scheme of salvation

and the human origin of the scriptures

have become clearer and
stronger with advancing years,

and I see no reason for thinking
that I shall ever change them."

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