Settling in to a new normal

The 365 Days Without Facebook Challenge

It feels like I’m finding my footing now that I’ve been out of the social media game a little over 3 months. I’m starting to feel like myself again – which is startling! While I was in it, I hadn’t realized what it had done to me. I just knew that something wasn’t right, it wasn’t working, and it was time to make some changes.

A friend recently told me that she’d announced on facebook that she’d become a Christian. Now, I choose to no longer identify myself as a Christian and have been through the ringer getting over some of the damage that was done to my inner being as a result of my time in the evangelical community. I still feel like it’s a bad neighborhood for me, but I respect my friend for having found and embraced her faith, and I respect her faith. Some people, however…

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About jamesbradfordpate

My name is James Pate. I study the History of Biblical Interpretation at Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio, as part of its Ph.D. program. I have an M.A. in Hebrew Bible from Jewish Theological Seminary, an M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School, and a B.A. from DePauw University. This blog is about my journey. I read books. I watch movies and TV shows. I go to church. I try to find meaning. And, when I can’t do that, I just talk about stuff that I find interesting.
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2 Responses to Settling in to a new normal

  1. CShermArol says:

    Thank you very kindly for reblogging. I’d forgotten about this. It was nice to revisit that time.

    Happy New Year!!

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  2. jamesbradfordpate says:

    I could identify with it. I have had my periods of recovery from evangelicalism, and I could be snarky to Christians in those times.

    I have been taking a vacation from social media the last few months. I will probably go back on when it’s my birthday, or family members’ birthday, since I am more comfortable exchanging birthday greetings there than by phone. Otherwise, though, I am enjoying the vacation. It can get lonely, but I do like the vacation from the rancor and being inundated with people’s opinions (though I read people’s opinions, only in smaller doses).

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