I see that more and more Wheaton College people are finding their way to this blog, so I thought I should extend a welcome and also explain a little about the purpose of this blog. Welcome, Wheaton readers. Don’t be shy.
When I became an atheist and realized I was locked in at Wheaton, I spent hours poring over the internet, searching for people in the same situation. I found plenty of atheists who were former evangelical Christians, and some who had attended Christian colleges, but googling any combination of “Wheaton College” and “atheist” got nil. When I started this blog, I had to decide between leaving my school unnamed and including more personal details about me, or remaining anonymous and unidentifiable while writing specifically about Wheaton. I chose the latter because I didn’t want any other current or future students in my situation to search for hours like I did and not find anything relevant.
There have always been and always will be atheists and other happily non-Christian students at Wheaton (and at other Christian colleges as well). My experience is not new or unique. It is just unspoken. I’m tired of atheism and deconversion being a shameful thing that is only discussed either secretively by the nonbelievers or mockingly by the believers on campus. So I want this blog to be a kind of collective voice of the Wheaton atheist. Maybe if I can lay out my reasoning and experiences here, people will be able to consider my position and listen, instead of simply hearing the word “atheist” and immediately running to start a prayer group for my lost soul.