So, we’ve moved the blog over to a new home and the obligatory introductions have commenced.
Hi, I’m Matt and I’m an atheist and a former Christian. As this sounds a bit like an Alcoholics Anonymous introduction, allow me to shred the nonsensical victim-promoting 12 steps by turning them on their head:
1. I’m not powerless and my life is not unmanageable. I’m responsible for my own actions and I can change my mind and my behavior – though I’ll occasionally need assistance from other humans.
2. I’ve come to recognize that I’m not divorced from sanity and that I don’t require any “Power greater than ourselves” to fix me.
3. I’ve made a decision to base my life decisions on reason and evidence and this lead, inevitably, to the rejection of god-claims…but I wouldn’t turn my life over to a god even if one existed. It’s my life…go live vicariously through someone else.
4. I have made and continue to make a searching and fearless moral inventory of myself. (One of only 3 ‘steps’ that I’ll support, as written.)
5. I’ve admitted to others that I’m wrong…but I see no need to admit this to a god, even if one existed.
6. I won’t be needing any gods to remove defects of character.
7. I won’t be humbly asking any gods to remove shortcomings. (Are there really 12 steps, if so many seem to say the same thing? Is this the ‘let go and let god’ program, or what?)
8. I didn’t make a list of people I’ve harmed, but I’m willing to make amends where they’re needed.
9. I’ve made amends…where possible. This 12-step thing is really tedious.
10. I’ll continue to take personal inventory and admit when I’m wrong.
11. I have no use for prayer and couldn’t care less what “God’s will” is.
12. Nope…no spiritual awakenings here – but I will be carrying a message to others.
I’m currently the president of the Atheist Community of Austin, host of our public-access and internet-streaming television program, “The Atheist Experience” and a regular contributor to our other podcast, “The Non-Prophets“. I’ve been hosting the TV show for nearly 6 years, though the show has been around for 14 (it was started while I was still a Christian). I’m also on the Secular Student Alliance’s Speakers’ Bureau and enjoy travelling around to universities and conventions for talks and debates on morality, religion, skepticism, atheism…and a host of other subjects.
In addition to those volunteer efforts, I work a full time job and I’m helping to plan my wedding to Beth Presswood (who is now hosting her own podcast covering feminism and atheism: Godless Bitches), on October 30th, 2011.