Losing My Religion, Gaining Spirituality

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About Brandon Ferdig

Brandon Ferdig is writer from Minneapolis, MN. He shares his personal growth pieces, human interest stories, and commentary at his blog. He is currently writing a book titled New Plateaus in China, a compilation of travelogue, personal experience, human interest, and social observations from China. You can follow Brandon on Twitter @brandonferdig.


  1. Jason Henry says:

    Great article, Brandon!

  2. Great article. The depth and detail of your writing had me walking around in your life. I have to say that my experience is similar. I was raised in a religious family in a very, very small mid-western town. All of my siblings are very religious, one being a minister. I don’t go to church. We also dance around the topic. I wish I was as brave as you. I’m sure someday we’ll have “the talk”.

  3. ” I came to grasp [...] how spirituality—as practiced by countless people all over the world—is, at least for almost all humans today, an indispensable requirement for a happy existence.”

    You’re absolutely entitled to believe what you wish, and if religious faith makes you happy, so be it. But something approaching 15% of people worldwide are atheists or non-religious. Please don’t assume that we’re not significant, or that we’re not happy. Faith or religious belief is not a prerequisite for happiness and a balanced life.

    • Atheism is as much an act of faith as any deism. To claim an understanding of the fundamentals of the existence of some unifying principal is faith- even if that understanding is that there is no extra human driving force.
      To lump atheists and the ” non-Religous” together is unfair. Plus it sort of makes your 15% datum a bit unfocused.

      • No, it’s not. Atheism is simply the lack of belief in any god. Faith is no more required for that than it is to not believe in the easter bunny, santa, or the tooth fairy.

        Hence, I think it’s perfectly valid to group atheists and nonbelievers together when criticizing the statement.

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