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by Jonathan Morrow
By now you have no doubt heard that Newsboys co-founder, George Perdikis, is now an atheist. This story is personal to me because the very first Christian CD I was given after becoming a Christian (I share my story here) was Newsboys – Going Public. It was helpful and encouraging to me on my own faith journey.
Turns out that famous atheist Richard Dawkins played a role in George’s de-conversion story. Here is how he summarizes his lack-of-faith journey in a guest post at Patheos:
I always felt uncomfortable with the strict rules imposed by Christianity. All I wanted to do was create and play rock and roll… and yet most of the attention I received was focused on how well I maintained the impossible standards of religion. I wanted my life to be measured by my music, not by my ability to resist temptation.
I left the band in 1990 and went back to Adelaide. There, I got married, taught guitar, played pubs and clubs, built homes, and had two beautiful daughters.
As I carved out a life for myself away from the church, I began my own voyage of inquiry into what I believed. My perceptions started to transform when I became interested in cosmology in 1992. I soon found myself fascinated by the works of Carl Sagan, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Lawrence Krauss, Brian Cox, and Richard Dawkins. I learned so much and was blown away by all the amazing scientific discoveries and facts. When my marriage dissolved in 2003, I turned my attention to human psychology. By 2007, I renounced Christianity once and for all and declared myself an atheist. (read the rest of the story here)
As I have shared before, belief is a complex web of personal, social, and intellectual issues. I don’t presume to know all of the factors involved or the hypocrisy he may have witnessed from Christians or the hurt involved in a marital relationship. I don’t know which rules he is talking about or if he truly heard…
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