Faitheist: How an Atheist Found Common Ground with the Religious

Faitheist: How an Atheist Found Common Ground with the Religious

Chris Stedman


The tale of a former Evangelical Christian became overtly homosexual atheist who now works to bridge the divide among atheists and the religious

The lovely acclaim for the “New Atheist” movement—whose most famed spokesmen contain Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, and the past due Christopher Hitchens—speaks to either the transforming into ranks of atheists and the common, vehement disdain for faith between a lot of them. In Faitheist, Chris Stedman tells his personal tale to problem the orthodoxies of this move and make a passionate argument that atheists may still interact spiritual variety respectfully.
 
Becoming conscious of injustice, and yearning neighborhood, Stedman turned a “born-again” Christian in overdue youth. the assumption of a group sure by way of God’s love—a love that used to be undeserved, endless, and guaranteed—captivated him. It used to be, he writes, a spot to belong and a framework for making feel of pain.
 
But Stedman’s spiritual neighborhood didn't include this concept of God’s love: they have been staunchly homophobic at a time while he used to be slowly coming to achieve that he was once homosexual. the good discomfort this triggered him may have grew to become Stedman right into a life-long New Atheist. yet through the years he got here to grasp extra open-minded Christians, and his curiosity in provider paintings introduced him into touch with humans from a large choice of non secular backgrounds. His personal spiritual ideals may need fallen away, yet his wish to swap the realm for the higher remained. Disdain and hostility towards faith was once protecting him again from accomplishing significant paintings with humans of religion. And it used to be protecting him from complete relationships with them—the sorts of relationships that holiday down intolerance and increase the realm.
 
In Faitheist, Stedman attracts on his paintings organizing interfaith and secular groups, his educational research of faith, and his personal reviews to argue for the need of bridging the starting to be chasm among atheists and the non secular. As somebody who has stood on either side of the divide, Stedman is uniquely located to give a manner for atheists and the spiritual to discover universal floor and interact to make this world—the one global we will all agree on—a greater place.
 

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