Faitheist: How an Atheist Found Common Ground with the Religious

ᙅ Download Format Kindle @Faitheist: How an Atheist Found Common Ground with the Religious ᛈ Author Chris Stedman 읿 ᙅ Download Format Kindle @Faitheist: How an Atheist Found Common Ground with the Religious ᛈ Author Chris Stedman 읿 From Chapter 1 Theres Nothing Worse Than a Faitheist The chief deficiency I see in the skeptical movement is its polarization Us vs Themthe sense that we have a monopoly on the truth that those other people who believe in all these stupid doctrines are morons that if youre sensible, youll listen to us and if not, to hell with you This is nonconstructive It does not get our message across It condemns us to permanent minority status. Carl Sagan I had never heard the word faitheist before, but I was pretty sure it wasnt a compliment I blushed and ran my hands through my short coffee colored haira nervous habitand cleared my throat, asking if it was intended to be an insult Yes, he said without inflection Theres nothing worse than a faitheist It was my first experience with the atheist movement, and for at least a moment I thought it might be my last Id been an atheist for a while, but I had hesitated to seek out a community of nonreligious people I imagined that secular folks would be difficult to organize that assembling atheists, agnostics, skeptics, freethinkers, and other nonreligious individuals would prove tricky because our common threadthat we are not somethingunderscores only what we do not believe But as I progressed in my work as an interfaith activist, I noticed that one of the things that actually made people good at it was a groundedness in ones own identity That, paired with my longing for a community of common belief, led me to begin searching for an organized community of nontheists The brusque brush off occurred at a reception following a public discussion organized by a nonreligious group the topic had been how the nonreligious specifically, atheists, agnostics, and other nontheistic, nonreligious peopleshould approach religion I had suspected that there would be mixed feelings about religion After all, I knew of the popular atheist discourse on the subject, which cast the religious not only as incorrect about metaphysical realities but as standing in the way of social and intellectual progress But I had also hoped that someone might offer a balanced perspective on religion, locating within the beliefs, desires, and actions of religious people similar values held by many nonreligious people I had gone with optimism and excitement At the time, I was both an atheist and an intern for Interfaith Youth Core, an organization that helps mobilize young people to change the public narrative on religion from one of conflict to one of cooperation by engaging in dialogue around shared values and collaborative action Because of my work, I felt I was in a particularly good position to discuss religion in the lives of nonreligious folks I pictured myself saying with a well meaning grin, Hey, I work with religious people every day and my atheism is stronger than ever I hoped I might even serve as a bridge between two communities that are so oft en pitted against one another, to offer my insights as a nonreligious person working in an interfaith environment That aspiration was quickly curtailed Throughout the program, religionand religious peoplewere roundly mocked, decried, and denied Id arrived hoping to find a community bound by ethical and humanitarian ideals Instead, I felt isolated and sorely discouraged Though I was disheartened by the event, I went to the post panel reception, held at one of the panelists apartments, because I hoped that if I spoke with of the group members Id find some people who shared my opinions or learn a bit about why they believed differently than I did Also, as a thrift y graduate student, free dinner and drinks were hard to pass up I walked in and instantly removed my shoes The apartment was beautiful the ceiling to floor windows allowed for a stunning view of Chicagos orange and white lit skyline The living room was impeccably clean I made a mental note to at least shove my dirty laundry in the closet when I got home I stood there and scanned the crowd I was easily the youngest person there and unfashionably underdressed nothing new there Looking down at my feet, I noticed there was a hole in each of my socks Maybe I shouldve left my shoes on, I thought I sat down on the couch, carefully balancing a mint julep in one hand and a plate of hors doeuvres I couldnt name in the other, intensely aware of how out of place I must have seemed Next to me on the couch were a woman in her mid forties with a shimmering peacock brooch and a man in his late thirties wearing a denim shirt and a tan corduroy vest I introduced myself and asked what theyd thought of the panel They raved Wasnt it wonderful how intelligent the panelists were and how wickedly theyd exposed the frauds of religion Werent they right that we must all focus our energy on bringing about the demise of religious myths I paused, debating whether I should say anything My Minnesota Nice inclination warned me to let it be, but I had to say something So I started small, asking them to consider that diversity of thought and background fosters an environment where discourse thrives, where ideas are exchanged, and where we learn from one another I was stonewalled We have the superior perspective everyone else is lost, said the woman with a flick of her hand that suggested she was swatting at an invisible mosquito As a former Evangelical Christian, these words were hauntingly familiar, and they represented a kind of sure handed certainty and dismissala kind of fundamentalist thinking, really that Id hoped to leave behind with my born again beliefs Our conversation continued, and I offered up petitions that the positive contributions of religious people be considered with equal weight alongside the negative I understand what youre saying, I said, trying to weigh my words carefully, but how can we discount the role religious beliefs played in motivating the Reverend Dr Martin Luther King Jr or Mahatma Gandhi Oh, I get it, the man jumped in with a sneer Youre one of those atheists I wasnt sure what he meant, but it didnt sound like a good thing I shifted my weight from one side to anotheranother nervous habitand picked at an hors doeuvre that I thought might be some kind of cheese What do you mean, one of those atheists Youre not a real atheist Weve got a name for people like you Youre a faitheist Not a real atheist Id heard words like that beforein my youth, when I was told I couldnt be a real Christian because I was gay Once again I didnt fit the prescribed model, and I was not so gently shown the door Now, atheism is a bit different from Christianity in that atheism isnt a belief system Its an identification marker that unifies a minority of Americans who do not believe in God But the implication was clear youre at the wrong party, kid The next day, I attended my weekly religion class at Loyola Universitys Institute of Pastoral Studies, a Jesuit Catholicrun program for priests, nuns, and lay leaders As the only self identified nonreligious person in the class, I was regularly met with many questions Once, a Catholic classmate cornered me in the elevator after class, proclaiming, Ive been dying to ask you about your atheism Yet it never felt like an affrontshe and the others were genuinely and understandably curious Sitting in class the day after my botched attempt at seeking secular community, I realized that I felt at home with my religious colleagues than with the atheists from the day before I looked around the room, focusing on each individual face here were people who believed in a God I had theorized away years ago, yet they felt like kin than most atheists I knew While my classmates felt that their religious beliefs were right, they not only tolerated my beliefs but also enthusiastically embraced and challenged them Even though many parts of the United States remain incredibly segregated, we live in the most religiously diverse nation on the planet, so one doesnt need to be an atheist enrolled in a Catholic institution to know that many American citizens are by default required to coexist with people who believe radically different things The question I found myself asking that day, however, went a step beyond that It was not, Can religiously diverse people coexist in peace because, with some notable exceptions, Americans generally manage to tolerate one anothers differences It was, instead, Can we learn to seek out our commonalities instead of solely fixating on our differences This idea that it is worthwhile to make an intentional effort to find common ground is, to me, the difference between mere diversity and engaged pluralism It is a question that our nationin which a solid majority of Americans associate the extremists of 9 11 with all Muslimsis not close to resolving The challenge of engaged religious diversityof intersecting religious differenceis one that atheists know perhaps intimately than most In a nation full of believers of all stripes, we are, in a sense, outliers This is perhaps why so many atheists today ask for equal airtime alongside our religious neighborswe want to be taken seriously, to be seen as equally ethical individuals The unfortunate side effect is that many atheists demand this at the expense of talking to our religious peers in a way that affords them dignity and respect Several years ago, Harvard Humanist chaplain Greg Epstein wrote a book called Good Without God, and his thesis was a simple but important one our society must move beyond the question of if one can be good without God to how this may be accomplished I join Greg in wanting people to move beyond wondering whether I am a moral individual, but I also join him in a companion call to our own community atheism must move beyond defining itselfboth in thought and in practicein opposition to religion If secular Americans want to be respected in our religiously diverse culture, we need to recognize that there is nuance and complexity in the diversity that defines it Ralph Waldo Emerson, a forefather of modern Humanism, is often said to have written these lines That which dominates our imaginations and our thoughts will determine our lives and character Therefore, it behooves us to be careful what we worship, for what we are worshiping we are becoming.Christians like me have heard lots of testimonieshow I once was lost but now am found, was blind and so on We ve heard how atheists converted to Christianity, how backsliders came back to piety, and how heretics returned to orthodoxy What we havent heard enough of is testimonies about how a Christian became an atheist or how an atheist became a faitheist or how a gay Evangelical came out of the closet and out of the church Ive never read, heard, or met anyone better suited to this task than Chris Stedman His beautiful writing voice, his poignant story telling skill, his clear eyed insight, his humane and humble empathy uniquely equip him to bear witness to everyoneespecially Christians like me Rigid anti theists and theists alike will be challenged as they readchallenged to greater humanity, empathy, and understanding Wholeheartedly recommended.Brian D McLaren, author of Why Did Jesus, Moses, the Buddha, and Mohammed Cross the Road Smart.Funny.Heartening Inspiring Faitheist is the perfect book for those seeking a middle path between the firm, opposing certainties of religious fundamentalism and intolerant atheism.Reza Aslan, author of No god but God and Beyond FundamentalismIf Chris Stedman had become a pastor, hed have a big, big church Instead, hes a humanist hero, a compelling writer whose efforts to build bridges between non believers and the faithful will leave a lasting mark Faitheist should be required reading in Sunday schools and Richard Dawkinss house alike Kevin Roose, author of The Unlikely DiscipleAgree or disagree with Chris Stedman and there will be many who do both , no one can deny that he has written a deeply human bookhuman in its description of his own pilgrimage and human in its call to theists and non theists alike to seek out common ground The world would be a better place with Chris Stedmans in it and fortunately he has provided us a roadmap to just such a world.The Rev William F Schulz, President, Unitarian Universalist Service CommitteeWho can we be together Chris Stedman asks in this powerful book Faitheist reveals that its not what we believe that matters, but how our beliefs shape what we do with our livesa timely reminder for both atheists and the religious that the goal should be neither conversion nor the destruction of religion, but rather to make a better world.Sarah Sentilles, author of Breaking Up with God A Love StoryStedman theatheistpays God the ultimate compliment He provides avigorous,amusingdissent to the all too glib magical thinking both mostAmericanized big timereligion and most so called NewAtheistsare selling Unlike the New Atheiststarsand America s blathering religious fundamentalistsStedman lays the groundwork for constructive engagement between all of usno matter what we believeor don t.Frank Schaeffer, author of Crazy For God Chris Stedmans remarkable work has spanned from advocating for LGBTQ rights among Evangelical Christians to, in his current role at Harvard, founding the first ever atheist led interfaith initiative and he s only twenty five Part memoir and part blueprint, Faitheist not only recounts his personal journey which would be a riveting story on its own , but also shows sensitively and humorously how Humanists can live out our values with both empathy and honesty This book represents the growing secular movement at its very best Greg M Epstein, Humanist Chaplain at Harvard University, author of Good Without God What a Billion Nonreligious People Do BelieveThe searching, intelligent account of a gay man s experiences growing away from God and into a thoughtful and humane atheist Brave and refreshingly open minded Kirkus ReviewsEnter Stedman, avowed atheist, former Fundamentalist Christian, and current interfaith activist whose heartfelt and thought provoking account of his struggle with God and religion serves as a call to arms for those seeking to bridge the gap between the religious and the secular To that end he paints an intimate and deeply affecting portrait of his own life, one characterized by the sort of staggering dissonancesgay Christian teen, religion degree seeking atheistthat could cripple a person But Stedman is nothing if not determined, and his resulting journey toward personal reconciliation through service work and interfaith dialogue is inspiring Stedmans story is motivational, his thoughts on interreligious dialogue insightful, and in this short memoir, he proves himself an activist in the truest sense and one to watch Booklist, Starred Review Faitheist, a new memori by local author Chris Stedman, promotes a warm, loving, and witty serving of intercultural dialogue Scott Kearnan, Boston SpiritAn enlightening and engaging memoir Minneapolis Star Tribune His book about being religious and being secular, together, offers his hope for a better world Toledo Blade From the Hardcover edition. 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    • Format Kindle
    • 0807014451
    • Faitheist: How an Atheist Found Common Ground with the Religious
    • Chris Stedman
    • Anglais
    • 12 January 2017
    • 208 pages

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