Atheists shouldn’t have all the fun; come on, Catholics, share!

September 1, 2011

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How I happen to receive an e-mail inviting atheists in or from Minnesota to tell their story for a potential book I don’t know. But it did spark an idea, and if you’re not an atheist, the idea involves you.

If there's no question mark behind your belief in God, please add a few lines of comment as this blog post requests.

The organization Minnesota Atheists, a registered nonprofit, is looking for essays on the personal experiences of Land of 10,000 Lakes atheists. Note that I quote, “These should be personal narratives from your life or observations which would be a poignant read for others. The account may be humorous, sad, surprising, quirky — whatever works. Possible themes might include, but are by no means limited to:

  • A non-traditional atheist experience;
  • Family relationships;
  • Coming out;
  • Your ‘conversion’ to atheism;
  • Raising atheist children;
  • An as yet untold story from your life;
  • What it means to be an atheist in our culture today.”
(Before I get to the heart of this commentary: “A non-traditional atheist experience?” There’s a “traditional” atheist experience? And “coming out”? Why don’t I equate ‘coming out’ with people who simply don’t believe in God?)

 

Why don’t you write me!
Anyway, as I was saying: The atheists’ e-mail triggered the thought that believers should flip this concept on its head. That’s where you come in.
How about sending in a comment to this post that offers a brief personal perspective from the opposite direction? You might add a comment from your life or observations that are humorous, sad, surprising, quirky, etc. It might be, but by no means limited to:
  • A non-traditional faith experience;
  • Family faith relationships;
  • Coming out as Catholic(!);
  • Your “conversion” to Catholicism;
  • Raising Catholic children;
  • An as yet untold story from your life as a Catholic;
  • What it means to be a Catholic in our culture today.
Hey, who knows, there could even be an e-book in this!
And don’t forget to share this blog post via e-mail, Facebook and Twitter with any and all who might be interested in adding their two cents.

 

(P.S.: You’re adding your comment implies your permission for Catholic Hotdish’s publisher to use your words and whatever name you post with.)
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