Monday, January 16, 2017

The Onion Metaphor

When I think of my deconversion, I cannot stop thinking about onions as the perfect metaphor. There are so many aspects as to how I went from a fundamentalist Bible believing conservative to atheist liberal. And to gloss over these nuances and layers will do a major disservice to how it all happened. I do want to give a precise account, a kind of summary to how it all went down; but I also want a more detailed examination of what happened. My desire is also to keep each blog post somewhat independent so while giving access to a broader story they can also be read and share independently. Some of the themes that led to my rejection of faith are too powerful to be bogged down with just a simple narrative format. 

Another aspect of onions is that the more you cut and the more you peel, the bigger the chance there is to bring tears. Without stretching the metaphor too far,  I want to give far warning, that I am going to be honest. Brutally honest. There is no sugar coating, and yes it can be painful for some to hear. I want my family and friends to read this and to understand why I left my faith. For many close to me this is very painful chapter for them, they do not understand why either. They feel I am rebelling. They feel it is a personal attack. This is not the case. I hope as I flesh out my experience they can understand. Also for fellow atheist and deconverters I want this to be an encouragement and a challenge for you as well. To maybe find your voice or to at least let you know you are not alone. 

 For those who are on the fence doubting. I want to let you know that it is okay to doubt. In fact doubting is far better than just accepting things by faith or on face value. Don't let anyone tell you that you are wrong because you value evidence and want proof. I want my story to be a benefit to you and maybe help in your deconversion as well. And even if you do not reject your faith, I hope this blog helps you to become a stronger person, more informed and better equipped as a result of what I went through. One of the biggest issues facing our world in fact is not merely religion but dogmatism. My goal is that in some small way, if this blog does not deconvert you, that you in the least rexamine some strongly held positions. Things like creationism, Noah's flood, miracles, the doctrine of hell, end times, and homosexuality. 

In conclusion, the next time you cut open an onion, peel back those layers. Think of what has influenced your life and how you have changed your mind. Is the story over yet? Have you discovered all that there is to know? How do you even know what you know?  What is truth? In a myriad of ways your life is taking shape in ways you can't understand. There are already layers, nuances, and influences that have gotten you to where you are today. Is the story over? Wherever your path takes you, I really hope my story can be at least influential and helpful in forming yours.

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