Over at Debunking Christianity, John Loftus has bailed. He is an ex-militant. Bereft of drive, he posts no more. As he explains in his last post, “Okay, the time has come, I’m done“:
I have no more desire to engage Christians. They are deluded, all of them. I have never been more convinced of this than I am now. I have better things to do. I spent 39+ years of my adult life on a delusion. If I add the years of my childhood that’s almost my entire life. Yet this is the only life I will ever have. It’s time to move on, or at a minimum take a very long hiatus. I just finished what may be my last book, on The Outsider Test for Faith, to be published by Prometheus Books early next year. How many times do I need to kick the dead horse of Christianity? I don’t think I need to say anything more. If what I have written isn’t good enough then nothing is good enough for some Christians. What I intend to do is turn this blog over to a few qualified people. I’ll still be a part of it and I suppose I’ll post something from time to time. But I see no reason to waste large chunks of my time on this delusion anymore.
Loftus had three masters degrees, preached in three states, and studied under the infamous William Lane Craig. He later turned atheist and wrote Why I Became an Atheist: A Former Preacher Rejects Christianity. I enjoyed his website, and found his “Outsider test for faith” a real contribution to the critical assessment of religon.
What disillusionment there is in that statement! There’s not only the despair at having wasted a big chunk of life on a fairy tale, but also the frustration of trying to dispel that fairy tale in the face of obdurate opposition. I empathize with the former and identify with the latter. I wish him well, and hope his efforts aren’t totally lost to our community.