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Dec 29 2012

Leaving your church

A commenter on yesterday’s post mentioned wishing there was an English version of that Dutch website that helps people “de-baptize” from Roman Catholicism. That got me thinking: wouldn’t it be cool if there were a web site for the English-speaking world that would help people find the correct procedure to follow to officially become ex-members of whatever church they were originally baptized into? So I did a Google search on “how to leave the church” to see if any existing resource was like that.

I was stunned. I shouldn’t have been, but I was. Page after page of stories, articles, and advice to Christians on how to leave their church. All from Christians. Obviously, they all assume that you still believe, and are going to look for another church that suits you better. As a former Christian who left a lot of churches during my “spiritual journey,” I should have realized that this would be a common topic. But still, the sheer scope of the phenomenon suddenly struck me in a way it never has before. Christians go to church looking for God, but sooner or later, a lot of them end up realizing that they need to look somewhere else.

Kinda tells you something, doesn’t it?

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    Gordon

    I used this site – http://www.countmeout.ie/ – but so many people used it the church changed the rules.

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    Gregory in Seattle

    Wow, that’s quite a lot. One would think this proves that religion is merely a lifestyle choice and not an inherent quality that should be protected by law.

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    Bungoton

    One of the many factors in my conversion to atheism was the discovery that it was possible to shop for a religion. If no religion stood out as better or more reliable or more factual than the others then it seemed to me that none were worth bothering with.

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