I remember, when I was a Christian, thinking that Christianity was the best explanation for the way things were, and I assumed that people who left the faith must have thought they’d found a “better” explanation. 1/4
However, I can now freely admit that leaving the faith wasn’t about finding a better explanation. Rather, it was about finally abandoning my insistence that there be an explanation in the first place. 2/4
I haven’t replaced Christianity with a system that adequately explains the mysteries of the Universe. Instead, I am trying to fully embrace and accept the mystery. To let it linger. To resist the impulse to demand a resolution. 3/4
So, to my former self, who thought he’d never be able to live without the existential safety net of a well-defined God: I have found letting go to be more beautiful than holding on. Pulling up the roots has left me feeling strangely rooted. 4/4

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The Coronavirus model projections have changed as time has passed. Not surprisingly, this has emboldened the anti-science movement in America. But, this is actually a great opportunity to watch science happen in real-time, and there are some important lessons: (Thread)
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