Saturday, January 19, 2008

Share your Gospel of Doubt


Over the past couple of years we Doubtcasters have shared our stories about those events, people, arguments and ideas that helped bring us out of the fog of irrational religious belief into the light of reason.

And now: It's your turn.

We're starting a new segment called "The Gospel of Doubt" and we need your help.

We're looking for your stories and your reasons for joining the ranks of the godless. When did you lose your faith? Why did you lose your faith? Did you ever have faith? What are the arguments you ran into that started you down your path to disbelief? What books did you read, what friends did you make, or what events did you go through that helped you embrace the natural over the supernatural?

If you'd like to share with us your "Gospel of Doubt," send us an essay of 200 words or less that addresses some of the issues above to

Many of you are probably familiar with NPR's "This I Believe" series (or if not, check it out here -- that's kind of the idea of what we're looking for . . . only it's more of a "This I Don't Believe."

If you can record it yourself and send us an MP3, that's fantastic (please do include the text of the essay so we can put it up on our website in non-audio format), if not, please include your phone number and we'll record it right over the phone because we want your voices to be heard. If, for whatever reason, you can't or don't want to have your literal voice heard, but do want to share your story, let us know and we'll work something out.

This is your chance to make an important contribution to the show and share your story with all of our listeners. So start sending in those entries to "The Gospel of Doubt."

Thank you, as always, for supporting the show and we're eagerly looking forward to hearing your stories.


Anonymous said...

What a great idea! The path to nonbelief is always a fascinating one. I look forward to hearing listener's stories and submitting my own.


That's a lot of questions to answer in 200 words or less.

Dustin said...

So what bitrate, frequency, and normalized volume are you looking for with these submissions? Also, do you want dual or mono channel?

Anonymous said...

Pardon my ignoramus, but what minimal equipment is required to record an mp3?
I'd love to participate, but I can barely get a dvd in the player straight.

I have an older Mac and a stupid PC with Windoze XP, if that's relevant.

From the above you might be able to ascertain that I'm a relatively old gas emission.


Angie Jackson said...

Uh, too bad I can't send this in as a video. :)

Fantastic idea. I'll see if I can't get my doubt in audio.

Unknown said...

19 You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that—and shudder.
What you believe is of little importance, it can not change what is. The disciples who ran at the time of the crucifixion chose the brutality of martyrdom after experiencing the supernatural event known as being "born again" This miracle is happening all around you today, regardless of what you believe.
There is no point in debating this, it is fact. Truth is non negotiable, it just is.

Unicycler said...

I really like the Gospel of Doubt messages. It would be nice if they were compiled all in one place. Some day I'll do my own Gospel of Doubt.

Unknown said...

About this great God’s omniscience..
Knowing all that has & ever will happen, .. long before anyone existed, he knew most of us would question him…resulting in our hell torment forever.
Yet, after watching this debacle a million lifetimes over & over, he becomes even more angry at his creations, so he keeps destroying & creating & destroying.
Will he ever become sufficiently omniscient to realize his own inane, pointless stupidity ?

And then, there is the matter concerning this great God’s omnipotence .
If this god- as regularly portrayed- is indeed omnipotent, why is it that somehow he is unable to exert his power to make us do what he intended us to do?
He continually, but futilely keeps trying over and over in an attempt to attain the results he wants...BUT.. HE JUST CAN'T SEEM TO GET THE JOB DONE!.
Should possessing BOTH impotence AND incompetence be added to his resume ?