Thursday, July 23, 2009

My (non)Virgin Birth

A post with actual substance is forthcoming. For now, I'm afraid you'll have to content yourself with a teaser.

Hi. My name--for purposes of confidentiality--is Dale. I was a Catholic. I suppose I technically still am, since I've been baptized and confirmed, but I no longer consider myself part of the Church (and I suspect the Church herself would have a few choice words for me if she'd the mind to say them). Regardless, I do not practice the Catholic faith any longer, nor do I ascribe to any belief in God or any other deity. This, you might think, would qualify me as an average, run-of-the-mill atheist. However, my circumstances--for the past four years, at least---have been particularly unique.

For the last two years, I have lived in a house with seven extremely devoted Catholic men, next door to a house with seven die-hard Catholic women. I have been heavily involved with Catholic activities at Northwest University—again, the name has been changed to protect, well, me—and have even worked on the Church’s payroll for a time.

Welcome to my blog. I’ll be using this space to tell my story and share insights. I’m an open-minded person, so comments are welcome; however, flaming is discouraged. Unless you’ve thought about what you’re going to say, don’t say it. I’m not interested in starting a fight.

I hope you enjoy the journey. It has been a living Hell for me to get where I am now… and I don’t even believe in Hell.

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