I was a Christian as a kid, and even into my teen years and first couple years in prison. Now I like to say that atheism is one of the things that saved me (that is, enabled me to transform my life; to be born again, to put it in those terms). The reason is this: I think that once you can learn to think critically about God (especially the god you grew up with), you can think critically about everthing else. I am a critical thinker first, and my atheism grew out of that. And here’s why this is so important to prisoners: thinking critically about oneself and one’s actions and decisions is the most important platform for change. It’s necessary. It’s tough, it hurts, but you have to do it. And the rewards make up for the struggle and then some.
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