My guest today is Erik Carlson. Erik is a secular humanist and an atheist. His background in the sciences and biology led him to question his young Earth creationist and Calvinist faith tradition. Discovering his sexuality led him to question the morality of his John Piper inspired Christianity. All of which culminated in deconversion.
Erik’s humanism is evident in his focus on loving people over ideology. He is hopeful for his generation’s ability to make positive change in the world from the secular, scientific and political perspectives. And he has good advice for those in the process of coming out: “Protect yourself, do it in your own timing.”
Erik’s book recommendations
Velvet Rage by Alan Downs
East of Eden by John Steinbeck
The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky
Help for coming out
Just for fun
Erik mentions Lady Gaga’s song Born This Way
I mention Sam Smith’s Lay Me Down:
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