Hearty Heresy


Letting Go of God
February 28, 2007, 2:25 pm
Filed under: Bible, Christianity, Heresy, Jesus, Religion, Spirituality, Theology

“Now, as an atheist, I feel happy for the first time in my life. I feel now what I wanted to feel as a Christian, but never could, no matter how hard I try.” That what one person said when commenting on a letter from a leaver at Letters from Leavers. If you haven’t check it out yet, it’s definitely worth a look. Just plain folks are writing in to tell why they’ve left a church. Many of the stories have to do with conflict in congregations. Others deal with being unable to continue to believe the tenets of Brand Xianity. Some are short, most are long, and all seem very honest.

If you’d like to hear what I consider to be the very best letter from a leaver, check out what playwright and comedian Julia Sweeney has been doing in her show Letting Go of God. I first heard of it a couple of years ago when Julia read an excerpt on This American Life (you can find the exerpt here). You can also see a video of Julia presenting some of Letting Go of God at www.ted.com. I have to say that I was pretty touched by the experience she recounts, much as I am by some of the letters from leavers. Her bit is much funnier, though.

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