Disillusionist: A New Blog in Town

Screen Shot 2015-09-29 at 10.36.24 PMThere’s a new blog in town.

A member of The Clergy Project is preparing to come out publicly as an atheist over the course of this next year. But apparently he’s not your typical closeted atheist pastor. According to the first post of his new blog, he’s a well known evangelist who’s traveled the world preaching the good news of Jesus Christ.

I am very well known in the religious realm. I have taken the pulpit in many of the world’s largest churches. I am friends with some of the nations top religious thinkers and apologists.

But as he says,

I have a secret… I am an atheist.

And as he explains on his new blog Disillusionist, he plans to take the next 12 months to reveal the true state of his disbelief with the world and chronicle it each step of the way.

As a member of The Clergy Project, I’m excited for my new friend and the journey he has ahead of him. The thought of coming out can be incredibly freeing, the ability to break free of the facade. But as he (identifying on WordPress as “adisillusionist”) makes clear in his first post, it can also be nerve wracking because of, well, all the horrible things that are jeopardized when a religious professional takes these steps: financial upheaval, career transition, community rejection, familial ties severed, complete loss of respect as a decent human being.

From what I can tell so far, judging from his first two entries, this is going to be a blog well worth following. This will not all be easy reading, to be sure. But as I’ve said time and time again, The more we talk about atheism, the more we share our stories, the more normal they become. 

For the sake of adisillusionist and the growing community of others like him, let’s read and follow and share. Check it out at ADisillusionist.WordPress.com!

Join me as I document my progress out of the church. I am opening my heart and life as I traverse this difficult process. Maybe along the way some people will understand what I am going through. It is my sincere hope that others will also find solace if they are suffering in a similar situation and want to leave religion.

I don’t know what to expect. I just know this is not going to be easy.

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5 comments

  1. I live in Africa, in a very Christian community. I’ve finally left the faith community for various reasons, but mainly because I could never establish a PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP WITH jESUS. I experienced it as a one-way thing where I was expected to conform and Jesus gave the orders. It is a much longer story than I could ever write here, but although I’m personally through the process, I still have to make it public. I’m therefore interested to see how you do it. Regards, Pete

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  2. Charity Burke · · Reply

    Does anyone know what’s happened to the disillusionist? He hasn’t written anything in over half a year. I’m just curious as to how he’s doing.

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    1. Hi Charity! Great question. I wish I had great news to report with the promised reveal only delayed. Unfortunately, the Disillusionist has completely dropped out of contact here at The Project. Of course, we would never disclose sensitive information even if we had it, but if his situation is like the countless majority out there, he’s run into a long line of unexpected challenges in his transition to a new career…

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      1. Charity Burke · ·

        I just wanted to make sure he and his family were okay. I’ll keep looking for updates on his blog. Thanks for the quick reply.

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      2. Absolutely. Thanks for checking in on him. In a lot of ways having a larger Christian following makes the transition even more difficult. We’re all pulling for him though, and he knows he has a whole community of former pastors who’ve been there and are ready to support and assist him at a moment’s notice!

        Thanks again for checking in, Charity!

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