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← From Minister To Atheist: A Story Of Losing Faith

Katy Cordeth's Avatar Jump to comment 4 by Katy Cordeth

Before this thread turns into a massive love-in for Ms MacBain, can I just ask if anyone else here thinks that this is a rather cruddy way for someone to deal with an issue like this?

This lady says that she's an atheist. Not an agnostic; not having doubts about her calling: an atheist. As such, she should have resigned her post as soon as she realised she was one. To do otherwise shows a lack of respect for those she ministered to and who paid her salary. Because as much as we in the atheist 'community' may decry the people who attend churches, we're being disingenuous if we deny that the relationship between them and their pastors can have enormous significance in their lives.

She says that she prays for the sick when she knows her prayers will be useless. Well, how will the family members of these people feel if their loved ones die and they discover that the individual they trusted to implore God's mercy on their behalf was faking it? Will they spend the rest of their lives blaming themselves for being taken in by a huckster?

Teresa MacBain has a secret, one she's terrified to reveal.

Well, she wasn't so terrified that she couldn't go on National Public Radio and speak at an atheists' convention.

We're all human and allowed to screw things up. I just think it's wrong to hold someone up as a paragon when all they seem to me to be is a bit attention-seeking and thoughtless.

Mon, 30 Apr 2012 22:45:22 UTC | #938482