I’ve often wondered how people make the transition from one worldview to another. Atheists talk a lot about how they acquired their deep beliefs – often from a revulsion at the religiosity of their parents, or having once themselves been Christians or New Agers and become disillusioned. But what about people who go in the opposite direction?
Recently Bruce Siegel, who often comments here and in other forums, mentioned that he had once been a militant sceptic. So I took the opportunity to ask him about this, and he sent me the essay below. I found it most illuminating, and I hope you do too.
I’d be interested to hear from anyone else who has a similar story to tell. What changes a person from an angry denier of any spiritual dimension to human existence to one who accepts it as a fact of life? Is it being influenced by a particular book or author, or figure in one’s life? Or is it about having certain kinds of experiences?
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