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As y'all might know, Christianity.SE has been running a blog for the last few months. We've gone over a number of topics: birth control, Easter, the church, Christians at the workplace, and now salvation. But one of the top-voted topics still left is what I called Testimony Time™. I know that some of our users might not be comfortable with that particular phrase, however, so I'm going to re-brand the idea as:

Your Story

If you participate on Christianity.SE, you must have some history with the religion. For many, it began at birth when you were born to Christian parents. For some, it began later in life, perhaps at school. Others, I imagine, have only recently come in contact with the idea of faith in Jesus. Some of us adhere to one Christian tradition or another, but others have a more intellectual interest. But all of us have a story.

In order for the blog to be truly Eschewmenical, we need lots of stories form all sorts of perspectives. Even if you don't consider yourself a Christian or if your conversion story is "boring" we want to hear your voice!

If you participate on Christianity.SE, whether you are a Christian, a non-Christian, an ex-Christian, or any other category we haven't thought of yet, we welcome your contribution. In order to participate:

  1. start writing your story, and
  2. contact us by either answering this post or saying "Hi" in the blog chatroom.

The plan is to run this as a series of posts over a month or two when we get approximately 8 collected. This will be an ongoing series that will just air whenever we have enough volume to merit it. Thanks for your interest and let's do this!

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    Just to add a bit here. The plan is to run this as a series of posts over a month or two when we get approximately 8 collected. This will be an ongoing series that will just air whenever we have enough volume to merit it. – wax eagle Jul 10 '12 at 16:56
  • In order to be clear, I think you also want non-Christians and "ex-"Christians, too. Right? – Affable Geek Jul 11 '12 at 2:37
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    @AffableGeek: "ex-"Christians, yes. Non-Christians...I'm not sure. I'd lean towards "yes". – El'endia Starman Jul 11 '12 at 2:44
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    AFAIC this is open to anyone who participates in the site. – wax eagle Jul 11 '12 at 17:44
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    Aren't ex-Christians non-Christians by definition? – TRiG Jul 12 '12 at 9:34
  • @TRiG: agreed, though they are a subset. – Wikis Jul 12 '12 at 11:35
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    @TRiG: I'll even encourage "pre-Christians" to answer. ;-) – Jon Ericson Jul 12 '12 at 15:45
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    And the elusive meta-Christian – Peter Turner Jul 13 '12 at 11:27
  • Theologically, do "ex-Christians" exist -- or were they never true Christians? – user1694 Aug 11 '12 at 0:28
  • @Matthew7.7 I'd replace Christians with atheists in that question and consider your response to that question. – Peter Turner Aug 14 '12 at 13:29
  • @PeterTurner: I don't understand your statement. – user1694 Aug 14 '12 at 21:31
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    @Matthew7.7 Atheists consider ex-atheists to have never been true atheists. That's kind of a preposterous assertion don't you think? – Peter Turner Aug 15 '12 at 2:43
  • @PeterTurner: Is it correct to guess that you do not believe in pre-destination and preservation of the saints? – user1694 Aug 15 '12 at 2:48
  • @Matthew7.7 I think I believe in it as much as St. Paul and St. Augustine did. (at least I'd like to think so) – Peter Turner Aug 15 '12 at 2:51
  • If one believes in the preservation of the saints, that Christ holds on to Christians -- then logically, there can be no such thing as "ex-Christians" -- only those who were never Christians in the first place. Am I misunderstanding doctrine here? – user1694 Aug 15 '12 at 3:03
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I'd like to share mine as well. I wonder if this couldn't be an ongoing thread, because frankly, I'd love to know the stories of pretty much everybody on here - even on the "other" side, like @Trig, @MarcGravell and @hammar!

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    For some reason I'm incapable of writing anything long at the moment. I have a list as long as your arm of essays (and letters to politicians) I want to write, for my own blog and for a couple of other places, and I've got nothing done in ages. I'd like to contribute to this, but I suspect it's unlikely. – TRiG Jul 31 '12 at 17:53
  • The series will be starting in a couple weeks and running through October. The sign up sheet is available to pick your week. – Bruce Alderman Aug 16 '12 at 15:44
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I would like to share mine.

Couldn't write this month's blog post because the Python has decieved me. ;-) :P

Got bogged down with a lotta bugs in my code, (which btw is even more interesting story) but will definitely like to pitch in next month.

  • The series will be starting in a couple weeks and running through October. The sign up sheet is available to pick your week. – Bruce Alderman Aug 16 '12 at 15:44
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I'll certainly be writing mine as well. Also looking forward to read the stories of others!

  • The series will be starting in a couple weeks and running through October. The sign up sheet is available to pick your week. – Bruce Alderman Aug 16 '12 at 15:44
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That could be very interesting - I'd be highly interested in participating

  • The series will be starting in a couple weeks and running through October. The sign up sheet is available to pick your week. – Bruce Alderman Aug 16 '12 at 15:45
  • Please make sure to log into the blog (you don't have to comment, just get your account associated) so I can give you permission to add a post. – wax eagle Aug 16 '12 at 16:44
  • @waxeagle - I believe I have associated my account properly – warren Aug 16 '12 at 18:08
  • @BruceAlderman - added my name – warren Aug 16 '12 at 18:09
  • @warren all set up now. You now have access as a Contributor – wax eagle Aug 16 '12 at 18:16
  • @waxeagle - btw, mine is written and has been "pending" for a couple weeks – warren Oct 4 '12 at 17:20
  • @warren I was unware of this. I'll have El look at it an publish it this week – wax eagle Oct 4 '12 at 17:30
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My faith is a bundle of contradictions; I'd be glad to share my story.

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My story is mundane, God seems to have spoken to me mainly through the hives. But I figured I'll bump this topic up.

  • The series will be starting in a couple weeks and running through October. The sign up sheet is available to pick your week. – Bruce Alderman Aug 16 '12 at 15:45
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    No one's story is mundane. But if that was ever the case, that would encourage others with mundane stories... Especially in a period when dramatic testimonies get the spotlight and are therefore considered the norm. – Wikis Sep 1 '12 at 19:08

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