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Matt said,         
July 26 2009

Interesting article. Like the stand-up also, really coming along.

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Sarah said,         
July 26 2009

Thanks. Stand-up is pretty hard. Maybe not as hard as curing cancer, but still.

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Troy Stark said,         
August 1 2009

Hi Sarah.

I’ll have to check out your stand-up when I get a chance.

This article was very thought provoking. I realize now that when I was young, I really failed to think critically about what I was being told. -It wasn’t until my first year in college (Weber State College in Ogden, UT) when I had just finished a mission for the mormon church that I finally met someone that challenged my ideas in a way that got me to think – a really great anthropology professor. He had been a missionary in some place like New Guinea where the exposure to a totally different culture got him to think about what he believed. Though, at the time, I recall feeling sorry for him for having lost his faith. — Wow things do change. Now I’m the guy the local church “authorities” worry about, just because I don’t believe.

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Sarah said,         
August 1 2009

Hi Troy,
Thanks for writing and for checking out my act.
How many of us manage to think critically? Particularly in matters of religion, it’s discouraged. In other words, if you do so at all, I think you’re pretty strong.
Good professors encourage critical thinking and I’m glad you and Aubrey both had them, particularly since maybe profs in religious schools may be less likely to challenge religious ideas…or so common sense tells me, at least :) What did your professors say?
What do the local church authorities do with you now?
Yours,
Sarah

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Troy Stark said,         
August 6 2009

Hi Sarah,

Since you asked… the local “priesthood authorities” come over and ask me if it would be alright if they sent missionaries to my house to teach my family their new discussions for “apostates” like me.

When I decline they ask: “Don’t you think it would be helpful to your family?” “Well, no as a matter of fact I don’t”. They seem genuinely shocked that a pleasant, intelligent man would say a thing like that.

I think they really believe, and I just can’t imagine thinking that way – I can remember it, but I can’t imagine it. They go away with pity for me having no faith – and such a nice family to lose for eternity. I, of course, pity them for having faith in what simply can’t be true. Oh well.

As for that anthropology professor, he’d say: “If you’re right and there is a god, then I’ll find out someday. But if I’m right, you’ll never know.”

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Sarah said,         
August 10 2009

Hi Troy,
It sounds like you did the right thing!
Your anthro prof sounds like he is saying “bah, humbug” to Pascal’s wager.

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Dan Caless said,         
August 23 2009

What guts to challenge and leave that faith behind! I think it’s a great demonstration that all the indocrination in the world can’t stop an independent mind from thinking.

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