Happy Sol’s Day!
I have to apologize for no The Pagan Pulpit this week, but I have been wrestling with a question all day and it involves identity. The specifically is: What have I always been? Today has been a day of thinking on this question and watching the Marvel Superhero Movies. Sometimes with my wife and sometimes alone. I was still wrestling with this question when my Facebook feed had this memory from a year ago today. I don’t believe in fate or destiny or anything but this a remarkable coincidence and I think I have found my central answer to the question of what I have always been and always will continue to be. It is summed up in the threefold point of this quote above.
- To be a person who pays homage to the facts no matter where they lead him.
- To be a person of free and clear thinking – no gods, no masters – just reason and free thought.
- To be intellectually decent at all times which to me is being comfortable with “I don’t know” while at the same time saying “I am going to try to find out though”.
I have been all these things regardless of form, belief or persuasion all my life. I strived to be these things and a believer in Christ and now as an atheist. In large part is was these things that lead me to atheism when answers could not be found in my faith. Or when I painfully concluded that my faith was a glorious fiction or worse completely false.
These three principles have been my core since I first picked up a comic book and saw representations of heroes who despite all the powers they were granted tried above all to be true to the ethics and morals that made them into heroes. Get past the special effects and you get a very human core.
Today I have decided to continue to follow them and remind myself of them more often. The Virtues remain because they are reflections fo these central tenents of life. But I also have always been a preacher and teacher and this is something I wish to be again. The pulpit, lectern, and message may change; but to proclaim what I feel is factual, true and right remains a passion.
With this reminder of this continuing commitment I have a few announcements:
- The Grey Wayfarer will continue much as it is except I am pretty much breaking it down to be a journal of my progress. The Pagan Pulpit, Of Wolves and Ravens, Odin’s Eye, Freya’s Chambers, and my three Journal Posts will remain with the occasional The Rabyd Skald thrown in. But this is going to be it here because I want to turn my attention to my writing for publication and another project I will announce shortly.
- The rest of this week will however not have journal posts or the normal slate of posts, rather I want to finish out all my ficitonal series on this blog. I am doing this to clear my slate and give myself a little philosophical downtime.
- I want my family to know that up till now I have been very passive with my anti-theism and my conviction that belief in God or gods or whatever as a means to base your life is nonsense. That changes today where my anti-theism, while it will remain compassionate, is going to turn active. Very active. All of you are free to believe as you see fit but understand I will be working hard to show that Christianity is false, that the Bible is just a book and a bad one at that, and that we would be better off without religion in our lives. I am sure some of you will not like what I am about to do as you are believers, but I feel compelled by reason and intellectual honesty to do this.
- By active I mean I will be writing books to this effect, I will be blogging here with the desire at times to show how any person can live without god very well; thank you, and I will be joining organizations that oppose religion in politics and government. I also am about to start at least one new project devoted to this task.
- That project will be to start a YouTube channel as a new more vocal pulpit for my viewpoint. I don’t any specifics yet, or if it will even work, but I feel compelled to convince anyone who will listen to give up the make-believe and start living in the real world. I am particularly focused on young people who are considering the ministry as a career and being apologists for the Christian faith. All religion is poison to me and I want to tell people why using this platform.
If I can convince one young person to not follow my mistake, give up the ministry and embrace doing something truly useful for humanity, then I will consider my mission a success. Of course, the more I can convince the better. I also hope to make some money with this to at least justify my time doing it.
My main goal is to get back to being a preacher and proclaimer of what I feel is reasonable, factual, truly free in thought in a spirit of intellectual decency. That “I don’t know” is a good thing to say when it is true and yet maintain that insatiable curiosity I had since I was old enough to read and look at the word with inquiring eyes. I am simply a pilgrim on this journey we call life, and I don’t think I can enjoy it as much if I don’t take the opportunities presented to warn people of my mistakes and false understandings of the world. To tell people what are dangerous paths to take and the dead ends seem like a decent thing to do from this traveler of life to others.
The Rabyd Skald – Wandering Soul, Bard, and Philosopher. The Grey Wayfarer.