I used to be a Christian. And like many former Christians, my deconversion was slow. But after a few years, I was finally able to admit that I was not a Christian, first to my non-Christian friends and then worriedly to my Christian friends.
When I told my deconversion story, I changed it depending on the audience. To some I had told a deconversion story about the inconsistencies and contrived nature of the Bible but. To others, when I would also share how I came to realize that I was self-delusioned when talking in my head to Jesus (see my post here). Or on some days I’d tell the listener what I felt were the philosophical difficulties with theism.
But over the months of blogging here, I have come to realize that while those reasons played a role in my deconversion, a very important factor was also my encounter with Hinduism. (see my post on “Hinduism was my Undoing“).
I had allowed the head-nod of others to let those other explanations drown out my Hinduism explanations because few of my American listeners were really interested in Hinduism or interested in my stories of my days in India. Mind you, the crowd reading this blog is very different than the people I run into in my daily existence. (ahhhh the beauty of the web!)
Indeed, it was my encounters with Hinduism that was the beginning of my deconversion, not Bible analysis, not the ontological argument nor insight into my mental habits. My deconversion started in a very concrete simple manner. It was when I meet wonderful Hindu people who held beliefs radically different than mine. At first I tried to argue against Hinduism. Then I realized I didn’t really understand Hinduism — so I studied it. As I did that comparative analysis, I started to see how we all form religious thoughts and how we all use beliefs to anchor our lives. Hinduism (in an odd way) was the undoing of Sabio’s Christianity.
- To understand this symbols in this picture, see my site’s most popular post: Hindu Iconography.
- I love comparative studies, they are the strongest fuel for changes in my thoughts.
- My Cat vs. Monkey Religions post illustrates one of the comparative religious concepts that Hinduism forced me to wrestle with.