The Best of HumanistCoach.com: Top Posts Revisited

I guess I shouldn’t be surprised. And yet somehow I am. I started this blog (originally as DrewBekius.com) in August 2013, and five whole years later, the most popular posts remain distinctively autobiographical. It’s largely the ones that chronicle my deconversion from the evangelical Christian faith and pastorate.

Five years later, this blog (now at HumanistCoach.com) largely focuses on subjects of interest to the post-faith community, especially to my fellow former pastors. Things like discerning what you DO believe in to giving wisely with the best charities to navigating “The Sex Talk” with your kids. And yet, even above all others, it’s my deconversion that readers seem most interested in. I guess that’s one of many reasons why I wrote a book about it.

But that’s not all that’s on my Top Posts list. You’ll also find below a response to Southern Baptist theologian and all-around asshat Albert Mohler. As well as the account of how I almost died as an atheist in the foxhole. But the number one, most-viewed post remains one about the day my eldest daughter stood proudly for atheism in her sixth-grade classroom.

So anyway, my TOP FIVE POSTS EVER are located below. Read ’em for the first time. Or revisit them for the twentieth. But enjoy, comment, dialogue, share, and dialogue some more. And as long as we’re sitting here talking about top posts and subjects of interest, why don’t you take a couple minutes to hit me up and let me know what you’d like to see me write about in the future. I’m always up for a challenge. Cheers! 

#1. “Your Dad’s a What!?” The Day My Daughter’s Class Discussed Atheism in AmericaAn image from one of my top posts, the rear view of class raising hands, discussing atheism in America.

One day my eldest came home with quite a story. Her teacher had asked if anyone in class had any family or friends who were real, live atheists. And well, let’s just say my daughter reveled in her father’s godlessness for a minute or two.

After gaining traction in a Reddit thread on atheist parenting, this March 22, 2015 post quickly became my most popular on DrewBekius.com with several thousand shares. Of course when I merged my old blog with HumanistCoach.com, my transfer permanently broke the link. Oh well. The post remains. Come celebrate the rise of atheism in America with me.

An image from one of my top posts, one of Chicago's Holy Name Cathedral, representing how grieving God is never easy, but there is hope on the other side.#2. Grieving God: A Hard Story That Ends Well

The first of a couple top posts featuring my deconversion story, this October 29, 2014 post marks the first time I had ever written publicly about the experience, moving from a confidently believing evangelical pastor to one tangled mess of an atheist. It’s a story of grieving God, but as you may already know, grief can sometimes form a gateway to much greater things. The first of many more deconversion accounts to follow, revisit what started it all.

An image from a top post, a picture of the Bible Drew Bekius preached from every Sunday before waking up to the truth of reality.#3. Waking Up: A Story of Losing Faith But Finding Everything Else

Originally published November 7, 2014 as a guest post on TeresaMacBain.com, it was later reposted on DrewBekius.com where it quickly became one of my top posts. Teresa MacBain was my predecessor as Communications Director at The Clergy Project and had asked me to write about my deconversion for her personal blog, about how I had awoken from comfortable slumber to embrace the truth of reality. This was, of course, before Teresa would later return to the Christian faith, repurpose her blog, and remove my article from it haha! But have no fear, here my story of waking up remains. And it always will.

An image from one of our top posts, an image of international online community, defending against the aggression of Albert Mohler.#4. Post-Faith Clergy in Community: A Response to Albert Mohler on The Clergy Project

In my brief days serving as The Clergy Project‘s second president, it was my very real privilege to pen this biting response to evangelical theologian and Southern Baptist Theological Seminary president Albert Mohler, posted March 30, 2017.  Way back in the early days of TCP’s formation, Mohler took it upon himself to come out swinging with some pretty ridiculous accusations. No one had really bothered to take him on even though his attacks continued to garner first-page Google Search results. No one took him on, that is, until I took on the TCP presidency. May the article haunt this asshat for the rest of his days.

A cartoon image from one of our top posts, one challenging the idea that there aren't any atheists in foxholes.#5. Facing Death: Still an Atheist in the Foxhole

Yes, it’s true that I almost died. It’s no joke that I was within hours of death, but for the grace of modern medicine and some good godlessly common sense. I was an ever so controversial atheist in the foxhole. SPOILER: I lived. And I lived to talk (and write) about it. Which is what I did with this August 17, 2015 post on the experience. This top post also slithered its way into the epilogue of the 2017 book chronicling my journey from confidently believing evangelical pastor to humanist leader and coach.

What’d We Miss? 

Something you were hoping to see that wasn’t included? Drop it in the comments below. Maybe it was a favorite post from the past. Or maybe it’s a post you’d like to see in the future. Let me know and I’ll see what I can do to incorporate it into the roster. I’m currently putting together a series on the core values of humanism as well as a series on post-ministry career tracks and income opportunities. But one way or another and every way in between, I want to see us equipped and empowered to live our best and most humanist lives. Now and into tomorrow.

And of course, if you’re one of those who are always looking for more on my deconversion story, you can pick up all the details hereThe Rise and Fall of Faith: A God-to-Godless Story for Christians and Atheists is written to foster greater dialogue with still-believing friends and family, complete with discussion guides and other tips and tools to help facilitate the conversation.

Looking forward to more!
—Drew