Who Is (((Billy))) and What Is He Trying To Do
Who is (((Billy)))?
I am a 42 year old man in Northeastern Pennsylvania. I have a loving wife (we’ve been married almost 19 years). I have two wonderfully weird children (my son will hit college next September, and my daughter will graduate from high school in three years). I have four cats. I play the guitar and the trumpet (and even play guitar in public (sometimes (under the right circumstances))).
I am (as the title may have suggested) an atheist. I am, to be more specific, a naturalistic atheist. I see nothing in the natural world which cannot be explained through natural processes. Just because we don’t have all the answers yet doesn’t invalidate the theories (you know, gravitation, elecro-magnetism, germ, uniformitarianism, evolution, etc.).
I was baptised Episcopalean, and then became a Unitarian (along with my parents). I went from non-comformist theist, to deist, to universal deist, to very soft atheist by the time I was 20. I realized I am an atheist right around my 42nd birthday. Okay, so it took me a while.
So what am I trying to do with this blog?
I’m not sure yet. I realized I was an atheist by reading (lurking) atheist blogs (most notably Atheist Revolution, the Spanish Inquisitor, and An Apostate’s Chapel). Then I started commenting. Now I am blogging.
Part of what I am doing is preaching to the choir. By writing about my experiences (and other people’s experiences), commenting on them, and trying to make connections, I hope to provice support, entertainment, and critical thinking. I don’t pretend that what I do is orginal, but I may be able to make some new connections.
The other part of what I do is to provide tools for theists to begin questioning their assumptions. Questioning is the single most important component of critical thinking. If you add logical processes to that, who knows what will happen?