February 13, 2012
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.
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.
Southern/General/American Baptist (in a ministerial household, no less).
I'm a lifelong resident of central Illinois, looking mostly for like-minded people who value skepticism and critical thinking.
Very excellent group of people: supportive, engaging, and friendly. Would recommend to any freethinker in search of other rational people.