Carl Sagan Took My Faith — and Gave Me Awe | OnFaith July 24, 2014Posted by sandyclaus in Atheism.
I was once a devout and sincere believer in the Christian faith. I am the son and grandson of pastors and missionaries. My family founded one of the country’s largest Bible colleges, Christ for the Nations, from which I earned a theology degree. For years, I contemplated, and began strategizing, a run for national political office under the banner of Christian reform.I did not begin to question, nor finally abandon, my faith…until I discovered science. And Carl Sagan.The longer a belief system—any belief system—remains in place, the more likely it is to become an unmovable fixture of that person’s identity. In my experience, most persons of faith who undergo a deconversion experience do so during their middle or high school years. But that is not my story. I did not begin to question, nor finally abandon, my faith until my mid-30s.That was when I discovered science. And Carl Sagan.