My Atheism

Poles apart: religion and the real world

When I was growing up in a religious Polish family I found myself really close to the church. I spend years helping with all all the ceremonies, and watching people who were attending them. I could not speak against the religion as this would have been unacceptable, but what I could do was simply observe […]

From cult member to apatheist

Where do I start narrating my God apathy? My teenage years, or from way back to my childhood? My childhood it is! I was raised in a family of Grail Message adherents. It’s very unlikely you’ve heard of them as the Grail Message is not a popular religious movement. The Grail Message was written by […]

A Survivor’s Conversation with Christianity

[An earlier version of this article appeared on the website No Longer Quivering] SIX years ago I sent a letter to the husband-and-wife authors of a well-known Christian parenting guide. Criticized for its emphasis on corporal punishment and for being circumstantially linked to at least two child-abuse deaths, their book has nevertheless attracted a faithful […]

How death changed my life

It is impossible to escape the apathy of British people towards religion. Having lived in the UK for over a decade now it no longer surprises me when I walk into a pub or a restaurant and discover that it used to be a church. Most of the British people I know have never worshipped […]

My quest for truth began with Bible Stories for Children

This piece first appeared under the title ‘Why I am an Atheist’ in American Atheist Magazine, and is reproduced with permission. It’s one of the few childhood memories I have that isn’t about Star Wars or Spider-Man.  I’m seven, and my mother is bringing me a large hardback book called Bible Stories for Children.  It […]

C of E faith schooling edged me towards atheism

I had the misfortune of going to a Church of England first school. Christianity was gently imposed on me and my classmates for four years, but the end result was anything but religious conformity. It is heartening to know that these institutions sometimes trigger in people exactly the opposite of what they wish to, or […]

Coming out as an atheist: an experience worth recounting

Written in cursive is the admission I leave my fellow lads, That I have taken it: The ‘STEP’. –  Atheist Declaration’ by A K William I quoted these lines from a poem I had written a few days after I declared Atheism – I was 18 years old at the time. I could have barely […]

And on the first day, I was an atheist

This is the story of my not so spiritual journey. Let us begin with my upbringing. I was raised in what can be described as an agnostic theist environment. For those unfamiliar with the term, it’s when you believe in a god (or gods), but don’t feel you can know for sure whether it, or […]

My Path from Rome

OH, YES – I once had an orthodox creed. I was brought up in a devout Roman Catholic family, and had an old-style convent education – and throughout my childhood and adolescence I was a steadfast believer. That was in the days (before the Second Vatican Council) when the Catholic Church was still Catholic and […]

Losing my religion

My nurse training started in 1956. Coming from an orthodox Christian home I used to attend meetings of the Nurses’ Christian Fellowship. Although I appreciated the support of like-minded nurses, my contact with the wider world of illness, suffering and death started a process of doubt. This was partly fuelled by the good practice I […]