Galen

Co-Organizer

President, Fearless Leader, SAF

Location:

Decatur, IL
Hometown: Moweaqua

Member since:

February 13, 2012

How long have you been conscious that you no longer believe in gods? Has the realization altered things in your life?

I stopped believing in 2012 (perhaps fittingly, in the middle of a church service). This realization has complicated relationships but ultimately relieved me of the weight of cognitive dissonance and a growing anxiety about the lack of support for my theism. Now I feel empowered and more confident to make a stand for reality.

What led you to abandon your faith in the prevailing mythologies of the culture? Was it a sudden realization? Triggered by an event? Or did you just gradually evolve to this position without realizing it until it was done?

I came to reason by trying to find reasons for my beliefs. Once I started to realize that my faith was a sinking ship, I started casting beliefs overboard in the hopes of keeping it afloat, and when that endeavor proved to be futile, I abandoned ship. I'm grateful that this group was one of the things that helped keep me afloat.

What belief system were you raised in?

Southern/General/American Baptist (in a ministerial household, no less).

Introduction

I'm a lifelong resident of central Illinois, looking mostly for like-minded people who value skepticism and critical thinking.

What Galen is saying about this Meetup Group

Very excellent group of people: supportive, engaging, and friendly. Would recommend to any freethinker in search of other rational people.


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