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← Fred Phelps's son is an atheist: Running from hell

DiveMedic's Avatar Jump to comment 15 by DiveMedic

I have to say that I do have a good idea of what Nate is going through in terms of being a hell-fearing atheist.

When you spend most of your life being certain of the existence of hell and the deceptive nature of Satan to lure you there, these certainties do not simply go away with a healthy dose of rational thinking.

I still have moments where I wonder if all that led me away from Christian faith could possibly be a trick to lure me into hellfire. These fears are easily alleviated by thinking about the absurdity of these beliefs for a few moments, but it goes to show just how deeply ingrained Christian dogma becomes if instilled in a young mind.

Mon, 03 Nov 2008 10:20:00 UTC | #263594