This week’s guest is the Nigerian podcaster, The Ranting Atheist. He grew up in a strict Pentacostal church where his parents were ministers. At home, his parents were tough on him and his brothers, and made sure they attended Christian schools, even into university.
“They did not want me to be derailed, which is quite ironic, saying this now.”
While TRA was in university, following all the rules, his parents parents were rising in the ranks of their church. All was well until “church politics” got them. After that, his parents’ health began to decline, but TRA was still a believer.
But as years passed and Nigeria suffered an economic recession, TRA’s faith in the Christian God started to wane.
“Okay. We are majority Christian in the south. They are majority Muslim in the north…Everything is messed up, both in the north and the south…[The] gods we are worshipping? Nothing is working [for either side.]”
Between conversations about the Bible with a friend, Youtuber DarkMatter2525 and a false prophet in his church, many seeds of doubt were planted.
“I lost all my faith, all my belief, my hope of the future, because looking at this whole religious mindset, people are not living in reality.”
As an atheist, TRA wanted to find a way to assist other Nigerian atheists. His podcast The Ranting Atheist has been the perfect tool.
“It enables me to understand that people arrive at atheism from different routes.”
Every weekend a new episode is released “to let Nigerian atheists know that they are not crazy and they are not alone.” TRA is living out graceful atheism one podcast episode at a time.
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“Waves” track written and produced by Makaih Beats