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Tue Jan 7, 2014, 02:14 PM Jan 2014

Fired Pastor Ryan Bell Receives Staggering Donations From Atheist Community [View all]


Fired Pastor Ryan Bell Receives Staggering Donations From Atheist Community, Led By Blogger Hemant Mehta
Posted: 01/07/2014 9:32 am EST

Ryan J. Bell / Facebook

Former Seventh-day Adventist pastor Ryan Bell decided to critically examine his faith by embarking on a year-long journey to "try on" atheism, but his philosophical experiment has already led to some serious consequences. Since he began his year without God on January 1, 2014, he has been fired from his positions as adjunct professor at Azusa Pacific University and Fuller Theological Seminary.

He wrote in a blog post:
So I find myself, on Day 4, without any employment. My savings will run out in about two weeks and I’m scrambling to find immediate work doing, well…anything—manual labor, waiting tables, other teaching and consulting, or whatever I can find.

Luckily, giving up his faith in God didn't mean that he had to give up his faith in humanity- and a generous initiative by atheist blogger Hemant Mehta has demonstrated the power of community.

Though Mehta initially criticized the methodology of Bells' approach, he set up a GoFundMe page to support him, writing that, "As an atheist, I want Bell to know that we appreciate what he's trying to do and that we'll support him even if his Christian community will not and (more importantly) even if he decides atheism isn't for him when the year is over."

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I wonder if this is going to start a trend, there are others which when finding out about the Thinkingabout Jan 2014 #1
Mehta is becoming quite a leader within the atheist community. cbayer Jan 2014 #2
In other threads, you have criticized atheist groups for not doing enough... trotsky Jan 2014 #3
I'm a little curious as to how you "try on" atheism. Arkansas Granny Jan 2014 #4
Here is a link to a DU thread with more information on what this guy is doing. cbayer Jan 2014 #5
The language of high theology is endlessly equivocal/ambiguous/"poetic"polysemic Brettongarcia Jan 2014 #6
More good PR for the Christian community. Reminds me of the episode where Jesus went among dimbear Jan 2014 #7
Just like the one where Jesus says, "Screw this belief in God thing now here's the sermon." Leontius Jan 2014 #8
In some ways, that sort of happened; Jesus acknowledged, but differs from, the Old Testament & God Brettongarcia Jan 2014 #9
That's the problem with religion, it prioritizes Gods over people... Humanist_Activist Jan 2014 #13
How does it prioritize God over people? cbayer Jan 2014 #14
Jesus teaches people to leave their families for him, Abraham teaches that we are to do... Humanist_Activist Jan 2014 #15
Well, that's one extreme way of looking at it, I guess. cbayer Jan 2014 #16
The other way is also cherry picking, but the GOOD kind, am I right? Humanist_Activist Jan 2014 #17
Yes it is the good way. cbayer Jan 2014 #20
You are absolutely correct, cbayer. trotsky Jan 2014 #26
For the abrahamic 'based on OT' religions, that is not an 'extreme' way of looking at it. AtheistCrusader Jan 2014 #25
No, it's the extreme way of looking at it. cbayer Jan 2014 #27
Matthew 22:37-38 AtheistCrusader Jan 2014 #29
Ew, you cherry pick your ass, lol? cbayer Jan 2014 #30
I guess that didn't sound right. AtheistCrusader Jan 2014 #31
It does sound like a bedrock of Jesus's message. cbayer Jan 2014 #32
Because that wasn't all he said. AtheistCrusader Jan 2014 #33
I guess if you read these literally instead of as allegory, you might cbayer Jan 2014 #34
Bell's blog: dimbear Jan 2014 #10
What an thoughtful post. cbayer Jan 2014 #11
People are jumping the gun on this story. dimbear Jan 2014 #12
How in the world... rexcat Jan 2014 #18
Why not? Don't most people come by their beliefs in a no more legitimate way? eomer Jan 2014 #19
Your "point"... rexcat Jan 2014 #22
I appreciate that, just am not so sure it can't be done. eomer Jan 2014 #28
Here is a DU thread with a link to a more explanatory article on this. cbayer Jan 2014 #21
I think a more appropriate remark on your part... rexcat Jan 2014 #23
Ok, he's a voice in the atheist community. cbayer Jan 2014 #24
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