Those of you who have been reading my blog for a while may recall the name Jonny Scaramanga.
Jonny was schooled through ACE – Accelerated Christian Education.
ACE are Young Earth Creationists. Based on reading Jonny’s experiences their methodology is as toxic as they come.
It was through reading Jonny’s blog that I found out that theses kids were indoctrinated that dinosaurs and humans co-existed. There is even a picture in one of their school books depicting a tame dinosaur pulling a cart ridden by a human!
And of course they state that the bible is inerrent. Every word is true.
For a number of years Jonny has in one form or another campaigned Government to have these schools investigated with the hope of eventually closing them down. I don’t know how successful he was as his blog writings became very sporadic while he was working on his phd.
Anyway, the point is, as you might expect, he is no longer Christian in any shape or form.
The other day I read he is giving up blogging on the topic of ACE because the toxicity levels have had such a negative effect on his mental health and general well being. As he wrote:
Maybe I’ll see you there. Or maybe I’m just going to play guitar forever and forget all of this ever happened. I don’t know. I just know I have a PhD in a topic that my mental health won’t allow me to think about, fifty-ish years left on this planet, and a chance to make them count. I just have to figure out what ‘making them count’ means.
This is the toxicity of religion.
I have begun to feel the same and I was never more than a cultural Christian.
I’ve written before that I thought it was time to step back and leave the nutters to themselves and reading of Jonny’s decision I am inclined to think I should do the same.
It isn’t easy. Flushing one’s system of toxins always has a degree of withdrawal symptoms!
But if I can quit smoking, well …
Furthermore, I reckon the up side will be worth resisting the temptation of interacting with these patently mentally deficient religious headcases. After all, so many of their posts seem to be all about reviling atheism and de-converts rather than writing posts filled with irrefutable scientific evidence for Christianity and demonstrating the positive benefits of being a Christian.
Maybe simply ignoring them really is the best thing to do?
PS If you fancy a very interesting read on the TF by Josephus then pop over to Neil Godfrey’s spot. You won’t be disappointed.