This weekend is the official 1 year anniversary of my spiritual breakdown that eventually lead me to become an atheist. My, what a year it has been. I remember the sorrow and the panic of coming to realization that God wasn’t listening to my prayers. The pain still haunts me, and even inspires me to occasionally pray. But I have turned a corner now. Not just turned away from God, but turned to my new life. My job start date has been postponed a week, but still, everything is better and different. I’m healthier and happier, and I’m moving on with my life.
Which brings me to talk about us.
As I mentioned in today’s earlier post, I think it’ll soon be time to retire John Jameson and Pastor No Faith. I created John Jameson because I was so depressed, I literally wanted to crawl into a bottle of Jameson and drink myself numb. PNF came from needing a clever twitter handle that would communicate who I am. Originally I was hoping to join the legion of anon Christian twitter accounts as an outside/inside voice. But instead I got picked up by the atheists/humanists, which has been awesome.
Soon, however, I will not need these aliases. Soon I will be me, in public, with my name and picture attached. The truth is, I’m not sure I have that much more to write on this blog. This blog was about my journey, and this portion of the journey is 7 days away from ending (assuming all goes well with my new job). I think this blog has run it’s course. Instead of doing what most TV shows do, I’m not going to run this on and on forever. It will soon be time to say goodbye to this blog.
Now, I’m totally going to keep writing and blogging. I’m actually setting up equipment for vlogging. I’ll be coming out publicly to my community on camera. I’ll be explaining why I left the ministry and why I don’t believe anymore. I’m hoping to run a Q/A format, where I answer one question per vlog. If you’ve been reading my blog for awhile, I’ll be tackling the FAQs. If you’ve followed my story, then you’ll have a chance to actually see first hand how people handle the news. I’m sure some people will surprise me with how well they understand and others with how little they care.
Once PNF is put out to pasture, I’ll be focusing my energy on my new website http://www.accidentalatheist.com
You can also follow me on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/accidentalatheist
I am also now the main contributor for The Clergy Project’s Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/theclergyproject
I’m not sure what to do with my Twitter account. I’ll have to think about that one.
Patrons will of course get first look at all my upcoming videos, and I’ll be mining my patrons for feedback. www.patreon.com/pnf
Since my start date with my job has been (frustratingly) pushed back a week, I’m going to use this next week to get those videos rolling. I hope to have 2 videos by Friday! They’ll be uploaded to patreon first and then I’ll put them up on Accidental Atheist.
I still have a few posts left to do on this site, so it’s not over yet. At the end of PNF, I’ll invite all of you to find me and friend me on Facebook. I really want to stay in touch with all of you. You have been so kind and I am so very grateful.
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