Hi, I’m Ken Thackerey, author of the
THE CHRISTIANITY MYTH
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 are 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 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”. When I started attending this church, I was 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 educated myself about early Christianity, in the vain hope it would enable me to finally become a Christian. It didn’t work.
After more than a year researching first century Christianity, a slightly 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 wrap myself in the Christianity “comfort blanket”.
- Introduction Post (reNewedAtheist) – On atheists’ beliefs and the redefinition of “atheism” (hashtagapologetics.wordpress.com)
- Well, that’s embarrassing (jeremystyron.com)
- Atheists Should Accept the Grim Truth Wherever They Find It (str.typepad.com)