Melody

Melody

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I'm Melody, Dutch, in my late thirties. Have been an atheist and a member of the commentariat for a couple of years now.
I was raised in a relatively unknown branch of Evangelical Christianity, called the Plymouth Brethren or Brethren movement.
As a student, I became more of a church hopper but never really settled down in any particular church. I was already disappointed and distrustful at the time, but still very much a staunch believer. My faith left me slowly at first, first through questioning doctrines like The End Times and The Anti Christ and ultimately that led to questioning first God's goodness, and later his very existence.

Becoming an atheist has made me an overall slightly more laid-back person and more embracing of my inner skepticism. Other than that I didn't change all that much, except that I no longer need(ed) to feel sinful about wanting to be or being open-minded.
 

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Hi Melody. Now we are the other side (sort of) of the Great Plague, I'm still hoping to do a trip to Netherlands!
 
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Hi Melody. Now we are the other side (sort of) of the Great Plague, I'm still hoping to do a trip to Netherlands!

That would be great! Perhaps we can find a way to meet up :) Yeah, it's finally possible to get out there again and visit other countries, at long last!
 
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Hey, my church absorbed a Plymouth Bretheren church in Colorado, US, so I'm somewhat familiar with the branch. Didn't know they were out in europe, that's neat.
 

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I'm Melody, Dutch, in my late thirties. Have been an atheist and a member of the commentariat for a couple of years now.
I was raised in a relatively unknown branch of Evangelical Christianity, called the Plymouth Brethren or Brethren movement.
As a student, I became more of a church hopper but never really settled down in any particular church. I was already disappointed and distrustful at the time, but still very much a staunch believer. My faith left me slowly at first, first through questioning doctrines like The End Times and The Anti Christ and ultimately that led to questioning first God's goodness, and later his very existence.

Becoming an atheist has made me an overall slightly more laid-back person and more embracing of my inner skepticism. Other than that I didn't change all that much, except that I no longer need(ed) to feel sinful about wanting to be or being open-minded.
Hi, Melody! Welcome to the furor ;-)
 
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Hey, my church absorbed a Plymouth Bretheren church in Colorado, US, so I'm somewhat familiar with the branch. Didn't know they were out in europe, that's neat.
Yeah, they are all over the world, even when they are usually small. There's also quite a few in Australia, I believe, there's even a documentary about those on Youtube. As far as I know it all started in England (Plymouth) and then got exported world wide. My grandfather's grandfather started the one that would later be the local one I grew up in. Many are getting smaller and becoming extinct, although they also sometimes merge again to sustain themselves. That happens quite frequently as well.

Sounds like your local one also went that way in order to keep going!