About K.A.G. Thackerey

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My background is very conventional. I’m married with three sons, and I live in semi-detached suburbia in the south east area of the UK. I’ve been retired now, for more than twenty years, and apart from a complete dislike of all sports, I think I’m relatively normal. My likes include long country walks and the freedom to think the unthinkable. My dislikes include sport, anchovies, sport, aubergines and, oh yes, did I mention sport?

My working background is scientific in nature, and many would probably call me a philistine, but I probably know more about art stuff than they do about science stuff. Do I think we’re alone in the cosmos? Definitely not! Given the scale of the cosmos, or at least the bit we are currently aware of, it’s odds on that other life forms exist out there somewhere. Will we ever make contact or be contacted? I hope not. Is there anything remotely “god-like” out there? How long is a piece of string? If there is a “god-like” entity out there, I’m sure he/she/it/??? doesn’t give a rat’s arse about anybody down here.

If I had to describe myself in two words it would be sceptical pessimist. For me the glass has always been half empty, but half empty is better than empty. My philosophy of life is very simple. If you’re not happy with your life, lower your expectations. My religious background is questionable. I’ve attended a local church regularly for over 30 years, but only because my wife is “slightly religious”. I started attending church as an uninformed agnostic, and thirty years later, I was  a better informed agnostic. However, I did meet a lot of very nice people, some of whom became friends.

In 2012 I  researched early Christianity, in the vain hope it would finally make me a Christian. It didn’t work. After more than a year researching first century Christianity, a well informed, church-going agnostic, ended up as a better informed, church-going atheist. These days I think of myself as a reluctant atheist. An atheist because I now know that super-naturalism is not needed to explain the origins of Christianity, and reluctant because knowing this makes it impossible for me to ever again wrap myself in the Christianity “comfort blanket”.

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3 thoughts on “About K.A.G. Thackerey

  1. Hi again Ken. 🙂

    I’m am trying to draw to a close the slowly digressing (less productive now?) conversation with Isaiah 53 Project. However, as you can ascertain, his snooty semi-manic, arrogance-of-authority and then (hyper?) sensitivity to contentions or challenges to the content and origins of his “faith” paradigm make ending or closing the conversation in a fair, respectful way… difficult at best. Grrrrrrr, ugh. 🙄 I will endeavor to end it in an enlightening, amicable manner, but that can be tricky when someone truly, mentally (pathologically) has convinced themselves — and then the feeling is reinforced by peers and the Placebo-effect — that they possess supreme truth and authority in truth above anyone else or any other system in the world. As you mentioned in your post Six Reasons Why I’m Not a Christian, and kindly linked to my Dear Believer: Why Do You Believe? video it is a mentality that is often very, very difficult to relate to on simple human terms.

    Btw, thank you for your patience with it all. It is surely noticed. ❤

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  2. The Real Messianic

    “In 2012 I decided to educate myself about early Christianity, in the vain hope it would enable me to finally become a Christian. It didn’t work.”

    That’s funny and sad in the same time. As we all hope that there is something after life. I too was disappointed with Christianity… I kinda cut the book in half when I realized that Jesus was not the messiah. I still believe in the Hebrew Bible and the G-d of Israel though. I am not trying to convince you, each has to be convinced in his mind. It’s not surprising that studying the (early) church would lead you away from the Church with all the atrocities that they have done. Anyway, looking forward to read more of your posts 🙂


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