Challenging religion

After being raised and indoctrinated as a Christian Orthodox, I became an atheist. The process wasn't easy, but it started with two things:

  1. This one is funny. I was probably 20 and I started writing professionally in English (back then - ~2000) that using a spell checked made sense. To my surprise, it turned out I had been misspelling words such as "Octomber" and "ustensil" for years without being aware of it. I honestly thought those were the correct spelling, because the words originated from Latin, as did my mother tongue (Romanian), and in my native language October was "OctoMbrie" and utensil was "uStensil".

    What else could I have been wrong about for years?

  2. I had a debate with a friend as to whether it was okay to get drunk. I said it was not and pointed to a Bible verse supporting my belief. He said it was, and pointed out to Proverbs 31:6-7

    Give strong drink unto him that is ready to perish, and wine unto those that be of heavy hearts.

    Let him drink, and forget his poverty, and remember his misery no more.

    There's more: "wine that maketh glad the heart of man", "wine, which cheereth God and man"

The Internet was starting to spread in Romania at that time, and thanks to access to information outside the church, I found SkepticsAnnotatedBible.com, which highlights contradictions (and absurdities, and cruelty, and misogyny, and a lot of stuff preachers don't preach about) in the Bible.

From there on, the Bible crumbled like a house of cards, followed by the Orthodox dogma, and ultimately belief in a deity.

Essays

Here are some essays challenging religion that I've written over the years.

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