It takes a lot of courage to make the intellectual journey beyond faith, and more still to publicly renounce one’s former religion. Apostasy is as act that is usually not viewed sympathetically by an apostate’s former congregation. Apostates risk being socially outcast and publicly attacked for their “betrayal,” at least by those from Christian denominations. Some religions regard apostasy as a criminal act tantamount to treason, and deserving of the same punishment.
If courage is a virtue, then “apostate” must be regarded as a term of approbation. If courage is a virtue, and the term thereby loses any pejorative significance, the apostates walk among the heroes.
One such hero, Tim Prowse, was recently interviewed by Sam Harris. Prowse waxes eloquent on the subject of what can happen when an intelligent,… Continue reading