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.