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Chris Stedman: Proud to Be a "Faitheist"

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"Everyone has the capacity to be good, they just need to be given the opportunity"

"I don’t want to discourage the discussion around these kinds of (religious) issues, I just want to encourage a more considerate discussion," Chris explained. I asked him why he believed division was the most popular form of discourse, and he pointed at the media: "A message of peace doesn’t sell as well as the clash of civilizations."

Stedman genuinely doesn’t like division and didn’t take the bait when asked if religion is a source of societal problems. "I see religion as an outlet for problems that already exist in society in general. To say that religion in and of itself is the source of conflict is a reduction of a very complex sort of intersection of multiple issues," he responded.

In the end, Stedman sees himself as a "community organizer," a hands-on player in building bridges between people of differing perspectives. "I wanted to inject an alternate perspective into the discussion."

I asked Chris to sum up his viewpoint in a single sentence, "Everyone has the capacity to be good, they just need to be given the opportunity."


"Faitheist: How an Atheist Found Common Ground with the Religious" hits stores on November 6.


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  • Anonymous, 2012-11-05 14:52:40

    I’m really looking forward to reading this book. I was raised as, and continued to be, a Jehovah’s Witness until my mid-20’s. Although I am an atheist now and have some serious criticism of fundamentalist religions, I do still admire certain aspects of them, and think there is value in tolerance and respect between really disparate communities.


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