Alice tells her story growing up with purity culture, Christian Courtship and Alice’s nearly arranged marriage. She describes being an atheist while surrounded by “LA spirituality”. She tells the story of cult-like acting classes.
As a Christian, she felt she had to fake spiritual experiences because others around her seemed to be having them but she never seemed to hear from god. Her honesty stopped her from claiming spiritual experiences she knew were not real. While watching the Jesus camp documentary, she asked herself, “how many of them are faking it?”
Alice recognized that other spiritual paths still required faith. She could not accept them because she could no longer lie to herself. She had grown to recognize when she was trying to lie to herself to “make things real.”
I became not so great at lying to myself, I recognized when I was trying to make something real.
Dare to Doubt walks the tricky line to be welcoming to atheist and those just beginning to dip a toe outside of the belief waters.
I built the site that I wanted and that I needed and that I wished I could have found when I was deconverting.
Alice is interested in studying why there are not more out women atheists and what causes non-believing women to hesitate to identify as atheists.
1% of women identify as atheist, I need to come out of the closet.
Alice recommends the Secular Therapy Project to find a therapist who will not push spirituality on you while you recover from your religious trauma.
I feel so much more love and so much more peace as an atheist than I ever felt as a Christian.
Alice’s Social Media
Dare to Doubt
Recovering From Religion
Secular Therapy Project
Alice’s Book Recommendation
Dr. Marlene Winell
Leaving the Fold: A Guide for Former Fundamentalists and Others Leaving Their Religion
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“Waves” track written and produced by Makaih Beats