If only the accusations hurled at me were as simple as “reading the wrong people.” I was accused of “letting mortal mind win” and being a failure as a parent for not “protecting” my children, and doing untold damage to them because I’ve chosen NOT to radically rely on Christian Science (my misplaced faith nearly got me killed).
Some friends have considered that my departure from Christianity must be due to a misplaced emphasis of the sources that I have consulted. That is, perhaps I spent too much time reading “the wrong people”, and so came to bamboozlement. This is a legitimate concern, and I suspect that it may be more broadly held than I would hope. It struck me as incorrect on first blush, but I did go back and actually catalogue my sources by worldview.
Taking only the major written works that I read (a few dozen), the statistics sum as shown in the first chart. As can be seen, theist sources dominate the atheist/agnostic sources by 3 to 1. Neutral sources included generic information without direct bias or commentary on Christianity one way or another, while the mixed category denotes resources like “multi-view” type books.
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Well, if one considers reality (and pursuing a better understanding of how it operates for everyone everywhere all the time) as the ‘wrong’ source, then sure… there’s a huge disconnect between it and christian science (and all its manifested quackery). And if you raise children to respect reality over Platonic metaphysics, then of course applied critical thinking is going to cause all kinds of untold ‘damage’ to a belief system that stands contrary to it. What amazes me is that some people actually believe this a bad thing!
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