4. My Spiritual Journeys

Over the years of my life, I have professed several religious positions:

  1. From early childhood to age 15: Christianity, no church affiliation, being taught religion by my Baptist mother.  http://www.christianity.com/
  2. From age 15 to age 20: Evangelical Christianity, Southern Baptist church affiliation. http://www.sbc.net/ I deconverted as a college student after deciding that most of the claims of Christianity were lies.
  3. From age 20 to age 27: Agnostic humanist, with Unitarian Universalist (UU) church affiliation.  http://www.uua.org/beliefs/who-we-are/beliefs/humanism
  4. From age 27 to age 35: Baha’i Faith, loyal to the Universal House of Justice based in Haifa, Israel. I joined it after deciding that the UUs were “empty” and that a religion with substance would be more useful. http://www.bahai.org/    http://www.bahai.us/
  5. From age 35  to present: Non-theist humanist and UU once more. http://firstjefferson.org/  Freed from Baha’i prejudices, I reverted to what I now consider to be my true self: Willing to learn from religious traditions without being bound by anything dogmatic. In 2005, to reconcile my spiritual side with my skeptical side, I invented my philosophy of Honorable Skepticism which has guided me ever since.

2 thoughts on “4. My Spiritual Journeys

  1. Hi, I find your religious journey very interesting. I have had quite a journey, too, yet I am still young and have much more to go. I was a Baha’i for a short time, but I found the religion hypocritical in some respects. I found your website via reddit under one of my posts. I wanted to offer some sort of conversation about religion. I do not think that one religion fits everybody– just as you have said. I was briefly a religious studies major at university, and that drove an interest in Christianity for me. Yet, I was raised Catholic and had a very sheltered upbringing in the Catholic church (i.e. going to Catholic school), so I find Christianity to be somewhat sexist. Especially in reading the Old Testament, like Judges 19, I am not comfortable with Abrahamic religions. That being said, I want to create my own religion: I want to build something that people can turn to the way I need to turn to something. I guess the point of my post is to see what your thoughts are on starting a new religion that isn’t based on a prophet, but a philosophy of some meaning. I can give you more details if you email me. Thanks. 🙂

    • You can certainly join a Unitarian Universalist church and proceed to build your own theology within it. Of course, I have my own path and have no need to follow another’s. Good luck with your quest for truth, love and a good life.

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