About

Plato is dear to me, but dearer still is truth.
— Aristotle

I started this blog at the end of 2006, when I was a fundamentalist Christian. During 2010, I posted no articles, because I was in the midst of studying my way out of my religion. At the beginning of that year, I ran across articles that pointed out where the Book of Daniel contained inaccurate historical information. As I studied to try to disprove those claims, I found that the evidence actually came in against the Bible’s inspiration, not in support of it. That led me into further studies about the prophecy fulfillment issues, the internal inconsistencies, the historical and scientific inaccuracies, and all the problems involved in selecting and assembling the various manuscripts. And then, of course, there are all the problems with Christianity’s doctrines, not to mention the philosophical considerations.

Coming to terms with all of that information was incredibly difficult, especially since my wife and I were raising three young children. We eventually reached a point where we knew we could no longer call ourselves Christians, and we did not want to raise our children under a set of beliefs that we felt were false. But this presented even more problems for us, since our families were strictly observant Christians who believed they had to sever relationships with any who left the faith.

This blog discusses how I navigated my way out of faith, and it illustrates how religion can actually be very damaging, even though most people assume it’s helpful, or at least innocuous. In the beginning, this blog was intended as a beacon to help draw people closer to Christ, but now I use it to help undo some of the falsehoods I helped spread as a Christian. You’ll find some of my more substantial posts linked below.

About the Blog’s Title

“Finding Truth” is a goal — an aspiration. I’m not claiming to have found truth; this blog simply represents my ongoing goal of reaching it.

Why Do I Blog?

A Brand New Direction
Why Do I Blog?
What Have I Gained? (by leaving Christianity)

The Story of My Deconversion

Start here: How It Happened: My Deconversion Part 1

On Withdrawal

Withdrawal Part 1: My Situation
Withdrawal Part 2: Doctrinal Considerations

Skeptical Bible Study

Skeptical Bible Study: The Book of Daniel
Family Ties: Nebuchadnezzar, Nabonidus, Belshazzar, and Nitocris
Skeptical Bible Study: Tower of Babel
The Book of Job: Serious or Satire?
“Times of Ignorance”
Bloody Well Right
Romans 9: A Divine and Fickle Dictator
Jewish Disciples Wouldn’t Have Created the Idea of a Resurrection?

Prophecy Failures

Does the Bible Contain True Prophecies?
Prophecy Part 1: Introduction
Prophecy Part 2: Throne Forever
Prophecy Part 3: Egypt & Rachel
Prophecy Part 4: Triumphal Entry
Prophecy Part 5: Virgin Birth
Prophecy Part 6: Tyre (You can also check out this post: This City Doesn’t Exist)
Prophecy Part 7: Isaiah 53 & Psalm 22
Prophecy Part 8: Conclusion
Cities Without Walls

Series on the Prophecy of Tyre

Part 1: The Prophecy at Face Value
Part 2: A Brief History of Tyre
Part 3: Mainland or Island?
Part 4: The Details
Part 5: Final Thoughts
Tyre by the Numbers

Contradictions in the Bible

Contradictions Part 1: Introduction
Contradictions Part 2: Two Examples
Contradictions Part 3: Brief Examples
Contradictions Part 4: Hares Chewing the Cud
Contradictions Part 5: Out of Egypt
Contradictions Part 6: Jesus’s Genealogy
Contradictions Part 7: Judas
Contradictions Part 8: The Crucifixion
Contradictions Part 9: The Resurrection
Contradictions Part 10: Conclusion
Contradiction: Was There a Sojourn in Egypt or Not?

The Problem With Hell

The Importance of Hell
The Problem of Hell Part 1: Textual Issues
The Problem of Hell Part 2: Logical Issues

The Problem of Evil

The Problem of Evil

Morality

Is Color Objective or Subjective?
Objective Rock Music
The Bible’s Morality
Why, as an Atheist, Do I Value Morality?
What About My Children?

Miscellaneous Aricles

The Big Picture
Why Some People Believe the Bible (And Why the Reasons Aren’t Good Enough)
Frustrated
God Made Us This Way — It’s Only Reasonable He’d Be Angry About It
Letter To Kathy (the Bible Has Problems)
Love and Compulsion
Is It Fair to Expect Inerrancy from the Bible?

293 thoughts on “About”

  1. Nice! I’ve seen you mention this guy on your blog, but I’d never seen any of his videos before. I’ll definitely have to check out more of them!

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  2. Couldn’t resist visiting. I see you are an honest man. So am I. I am honest about my “opinions”. Can I prove them beyond doubt to someone else? No. Can you prove yours? No. So we are all honest about sharing our best thought out “opinion”. Things didn’t go so well for me at Lorena’s. Thought I’d see what goes on here? I’m not looking for trouble, just the sharing of honest opinions. How do you see it?

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  3. Hi cowboy,

    Thanks for the comment. Yeah, I felt like you got a bit of a raw deal there at Lorena’s. I can only assume they misread some of your comments, but I didn’t want to get involved.

    I try to stay open-minded, and yes, I also try to be very honest. We all have to find our own way in this life, and it’s not always easy to get folks to see your own point of view. I guess the myriad opinions just make life interesting, huh? Feel free to make yourself at home here, and leave any comments you like.

    Thanks for stopping by!

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  4. Just discovered your blog after reading some comments you left on a Reformed Baptist blog about converting a skeptic. I’m enjoying reading your blog so far. Do you mind me asking what denomination you came from? Were you a reformed baptist at one point?

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  5. @findingtheneedle

    Thanks! I was a member of the church of Christ. For the most part, they think they’re the only “true” Christians. They don’t use instrumental music in worship, they believe that baptism by immersion is a necessary part of salvation, each congregation is autonomous, etc. I should really do a post soon about my time in that group and how it has influenced my views.

    How do you identify? Are you a Christian? A non-believer? Somewhere in-between?

    Thanks again for the comment, and I hope you’ll continue to check back in when you can!

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  6. Nate, would love to send you an excerpt from my soon-to-be-published book, “Things I Never Learned in Sunday School: Facts about the Christian faith that will surprise and astound you,” but don’t know how to get it to you. I understand why you wouldn’t want to publish your contact info, but maybe you could leave your email address on my blog and I’ll delete the “comment?” Or perhaps you could use 10minutemail.com? Thanks!

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  7. Hey there Nate,

    I’m a 20 year old guy from Canada and I just wanted to say that your blog has been exactly what I’ve been looking for. I was born into a Christian family and most of the people I surround myself with are die-hard Christians. It’s been a long time coming to this moment, but I have finally told my family and my friends that I am no longer able to accept my faith without scrutiny.

    There has never been a simpler way of saying it than your title, “Finding Truth”. My faith issues arose with the simple question, “Why should I?”. It’s with this question, that I realized, my faith in the Christian God was equally as valid as a Muslim’s faith in Allah (which is kind of peculiar because they’re both based on the Abrahamic God). Needless to say, my social circle was not pleased with me seeking Truth. They were content with having their facts built on faith, rather than their faith built on facts.

    Their ignorance further pushed me to find the answers that I needed. After many hours, days, and weeks of searching, I finally have found your blog. I wouldn’t say that you “deconverted” me or that you pulled me into the “dark” side. You rather supplied answers to the difficult questions I had about the validity of the gospel and the ideal of the perfect and loving Christian God. I have been reading your blog for three hours straight and I have been overcome with this overwhelming sense of relief. It is at this moment that I can confidently say: I cannot accept the Christian God as a valid form of religious belief.

    In case you looked at this and thought, “Woah! What a doozy. Some sensitive, young, buck decided to share his feelings.” I just wanted to say:

    Thank you.

    You have provided me with the confidence to chase after the Truth, no matter what the cost. The path that I have chosen to follow may be a difficult one, but an honest life provides more solace then one filled with deceit.

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  8. Hi Matt,

    Thank you so much for your comment! Questioning one’s faith is extremely difficult, and I am very glad that my blog was able to help you in some way. I wish that I had thought to examine these things when I was your age — I think it’s a real sign of maturity that you’re asking these kinds of questions.

    I know how difficult it is to broach this subject with family and friends, and I hope things go as well for you as they can. Please check back in from time to time and let me know how things are going. I’d love to hear your thoughts on any topics you might be researching.

    Thanks again! Your comment really meant a lot to me. 🙂

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  9. Nate,

    Wow! You might have to create a “Convert’s Corner” like Dawkins. I know it means a great deal for someone to say what Matt said.

    BTW, well done, Matt!

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  10. Hi, Nate

    Very recently I’ve been re-reading your articles with a new perspective. Previously I couldn’t accept some of the things that were considered and explored on this blog. It’s taken time, and a few set backs, but I’m starting to allow myself to move forward.

    What I really appreciate about your blog is that you seem to take care to present things fairly. Your posts come across to me as thorough, clear and honest. There’s a lot of junk out on the Internet. However, your blog is a refreshing exception.

    Thank you again for all your efforts.

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  11. Hi Ryan,

    Thanks so much for your comment! It really means a lot to me to know that my articles are helpful and valuable to you in some way. I think we first ran into each other at The Bittersweet End, and I could immediately tell that you’re a genuine “seeker.” It’s obvious that you have no agenda, but that you simply want to know what’s true. Even if I’ve missed the mark on truth, hopefully what I’ve written will help you somehow in your own search. I’m glad to have you along for the ride. 🙂

    Thanks

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  12. Thanks 🙂

    Also, another strength of this blog is that its information is ordered into clear categories. You take care of your blog, and it shows through its organisation 🙂

    Also I was wondering, during your deconversion were there certain habits you had that continued long after you stopped believing?

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  13. Hi Ryan,

    Sorry it took me a couple of days to get back to you. You raise an excellent question, but I’d have to say no, there weren’t any habits I can think of that I carried over once I stopped believing. I did continue to go to church for a while once I stopped believing, but that was only because we were still trying to decide how to move away from our congregation tactfully. I had also stopped praying because it felt too much like talking to myself.

    I will say that our lifestyle hasn’t really changed. Part of that may be due to habit, but most of it is simply because we like the way we live.

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  14. Hi Mike, thanks for the question. Personally, I think Jesus was probably an apocalyptic preacher who said the end of the world was coming. But I also think he focused on advancing morality and social equality in a way that was not common for his time — most of his teachings on morality are very admirable. So I don’t really have any problems with Jesus; I just don’t think he was divine.

    Thanks again for your comment!

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  15. Nate, thanks. I used to think the same thing about Jesus…until I came across these words from C.S. Lewis in the book Mere Christianity:

    “I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him: I’m ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don’t accept his claim to be God. That is the one thing we must not say. A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic — on the level with the man who says he is a poached egg — or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God, or else a madman or something worse. You can shut him up for a fool, you can spit at him and kill him as a demon or you can fall at his feet and call him Lord and God, but let us not come with any patronizing nonsense about his being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to.”

    You seem to have a voracious reading habit so I assume you have encountered these words somewhere along the way. Could you help me understand what fault you find in them?

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  16. Ah, yes. I have run across those before. I don’t really find any fault in his reasoning, I just think he leaves out the possibility that Jesus may not have made those claims for himself.

    Thanks

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