In Screw Bronze!, Elizabeth eloquently discusses the way that her old church friends have deserted her, offering weak promises of prayer instead of comradery. In the comments, Gaina inquires how Elizabeth can remain "a christian after everything you're experiencing"?
As an atheist, I wish to respond to that: Why shouldn't she?
I was once a Christian, but am not any more. I didn't drop Christianity because bad things happened to me. Bad things happen. I think monotheism creates an unnecessary problem of evil, but that's an intellectual standpoint, not an emotive one. Of all the former Christians I know, and I know plenty, not one of them stopped being a Christian because of bad things happening to them.
People who remain religious either don't feel the same degree of intellectual dissonance with their religion or find enough comfort in its myths, rituals, and world view that their dissonance is minimal in comparison. And that's pretty much all there is to it. And if believers and nonbelievers alike are willing to look past the vocabulary differences they have and get right down to meaning, generally they find they have more in common then they have as differences.
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