- As you may have noticed, I started an index for Letters to a Doubting Thomas, which means a lot of work writing up thoughts
- I've got comments to write for The Agnostic Inquirer as well
- I've got two posts to finish on Faith and Certitude from more than a year ago
- I'm working on a second draft of my analysis of Fortune Hi-Tech Marketing
- I've been slacking on homeowner duties... rebuilding snowblower carburetor (I'm in MN, remember?), putting film on any leaky windows, taking out window AC units, etc.
- Did I mention I'm a husband with two kids?
One could make the case for having done this sooner, perhaps especially with family given the situation above. It's just so awkward and difficult... and I don't want to have the same one on one conversation over coffee many hundred times. Thus, I settled on a document/statement format.
I'm at the point where I'm comfortable enough in my non-belief and don't foresee anything changing unless something really radical occurs that I'd like to inform them of my non-belief in the very near future. I now have a completed draft I've been showing around a bit, and hope to have the final draft done in a couple of weeks. At that point I'll mass email it around and brace myself.
I'm wondering if any of my readers would like to take a look at it and provide feedback. I've done this with a few already, but I'd be particularly interested in hearing from any who have been through this sort of thing and could provide input as to my approach, format, verbosity, etc. I targeted a very non-debate-inspiring document almost entirely devoid of any specific reasons for my deconversion. At least one person who's read this disagreed with me and made the point that this might be the only time that some actually see arguments against the faith. I definitely got the point, but I've just had such bad experiences when conversations turn to specifics, that I'm still fairly firm in my original decision. I want this document to be primarily about understanding what I went through. My intuitions (which can and have been horridly wrong) have led me to imagine someone reading my statement (again, about understanding me), coming to my list of reasons, popping open a draft email or notes program, and starting to type rebuttals and lists of books that prove me wrong. At that point it's game over for the mission. It's now a debate focused on the content only, not the understanding I want to build between myself and those around me.\
In any case, comment with an email address if you'd like to take a look at my draft (and please conceal it, for example: "jw [dot] hendy; I use gmail"). I'm excited to finish, and think that it will mark a significant turning point in my journey -- I appreciate the assistance and support of others I've had along the way.
Many thanks and stay tuned for the final document.