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If you’re an atheist, why did you go to a Christian college?
I was a Christian when I decided to come to Wheaton, and for my first 3 years here. I became an atheist the summer before my senior year.
If you’re an atheist, why did you stay at Wheaton?
I preferred not to add more years, tuition debt, and family trauma to my college experience. One year at Wheaton seemed pretty manageable. Sure, it sucks being an atheist at Wheaton. But I would still rather just finish college and get on with life, rather than prolonging it.
Why are you writing this blog?
To let people know what it’s like to be an atheist at a Christian college, to show that there are real Christians who become real atheists for real reasons, and that atheists shouldn’t be ignored.
Were you turned away from Christianity because of the Christians you encountered? Christians are sinful and don’t always represent Christ, you know.
I know how to tell the difference between an ideology and its supporters. Rest assured, I rejected Christianity based on its own merits and claims, not those of its followers. (Christians, if you still don’t believe me: is the reason you’re not an atheist because Richard Dawkins is a jerk? Or is it because you don’t agree with the notion that God doesn’t exist?)
I am an idealist. I don’t judge things based on their weakest permutation. I don’t judge Christianity based only on its evangelical permutation, or on Wheaton.
Yes, but were you really a Christian?
I am really sick of this question, which comes in many variations like: oh, poor Leaving Eden, if only you had been a real Christian, you would have known Christ the way I know Him. But you’re an atheist now, so clearly you were never a real Christian.
Yes, I was a Christian. I was in love with God. Going to church was literally the highlight of my week. I was passionate about evangelism. I was a hardcore Christian. I wasn’t a perfect Christian, but I truly sought God… until I stopped believing in him.
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