From Minister To Atheist: A Story Of Losing Faith hide captionTeresa MacBain walks her dog, Gracie, at a park near her Tallahassee, Fla., home. After a lifetime in the church, MacBain came out as an atheist at an American Atheists' convention in Bethesda, Md. Colin Hackley for NPR Teresa MacBain walks her dog, Gracie, at a park near her Tallahassee, Fla., home. After a lifetime in the church, MacBain came out as an atheist at an American Atheists' convention in Bethesda, Md. This is the first in a series of stories on losing faith. Teresa MacBain has a secret, one she's terrified to reveal. "I'm currently an active pastor and I'm also an atheist," she says. MacBain glances nervously around the room. Her secret is taking a toll, eating at her conscience as she goes about her pastoral duties week after week — two sermons every Sunday, singing hymns, praying for the sick when she doesn't believe in the God she's praying to. "On my way to church again. Courtesy of Teresa MacBain Finding Atheism For years, MacBain set her concerns aside.
News.com.au | News Online from Australia and the World | NewsComAu CNN’s Wolf Blitzer Asks Atheist Tornado Survivor If She ‘Thanked The Lord CNN’s Wolf Blitzer demonstrated why you should never assume someone believes in God while interviewing a survivor of the Oklahoma tornado Tuesday afternoon. Blitzer spoke to a young woman named Rebecca, who escaped with her 19-month-old son just moments before the tornado destroyed their home. While their narrow escape from harm may have seemed miraculous, Rebecca evidently didn’t see it that way. At the end of the interview, Blitzer told her, “You’re blessed. Brian, your husband is blessed. “I–I’m actually an atheist,” she responded. “Of course not,” Blitzer replied. Watch video below, via CNN:
theCHIVE - Funny Photos and Funny Videos – Keep Calm and Chive On The Out Campaign - Welcome 10.5 Tips for Coming Out | We Are Atheism 2. Don’t be too confrontational:Remember where they are coming from and help them to understand where you are coming from. Trying to “win” the debate or convert them isn’t going to happen at all in this conversation. This isn’t the time for that talk. 3. This doesn’t mean just sit there and nod your head. 4. Make sure to stick to discussing YOUR atheism. 5. This is common for religious friends and family to rationalize your “disbelief, backslidden nature” by saying that you were never a “real” believer at all. 6. Come back to the conversation when cooler heads prevail. 7. As much as it may hurt, some people in your life may need a little time to process this information. 8. Are we sticking to Christianity? 9. Most times, it’s easier to do this over a meal. 10. Make sure your body language reads as open. 10.5 (because 11 sounded dumb) “I don’t know” is ok: