The Ascent Begins…

I suck at blog­ging. No, real­ly. I do. For near­ly a decade (holy crap, seri­ous­ly?) now, I’ve attempt­ed to push my thoughts out into the world — longer if my pre–WordPress blog­ging days are tak­en into account.

In that time, I wrote a lot about my faith in Jesus Christ and about my under­stand­ing of the Bible, some­times loud­ly, often with­out a clue about which I was talking.

With­out focus, I pub­lished movie reviews, anti-sci­ence rants, con­ser­v­a­tive polit­i­cal rants, con­text­less jour­nal entries, and so much more, lit­tle of which con­tributed to an over­all nar­ra­tive or theme — as if there was an actu­al ulti­mate goal to my blog­ging besides pre­tend­ing that what I had to say on any and all top­ics mat­tered and thus should be said. 

I titled my blog ridicu­lous things through the years: “Rick­’s Watch­tow­er” (because I was “sound­ing a warn­ing” about the world’s apos­ta­sy! oh, the Jeho­vah’s Wit­ness­es use that? bet­ter change it), “Tim­o­th­y’s Bur­den” (title stolen from one of my then favorite fun­da­men­tal­ism-friend­ly songs by the Mar­tins and had noth­ing to do with me being named Tim­o­thy… which I’m not… prob­a­bly why that name did­n’t stick around long), or even­tu­al­ly “King­dom Geek” (because I did­n’t just post about king­dom of God stuff, but threw in code and oth­er geek stuff just to, I don’t know, unin­ten­tion­al­ly annoy my audi­ence, so I fig­ured it was time to final­ly acknowl­edge it?).

Like I said: I suck at blog­ging. At brand­ing. At focus­ing. Blog­ging is the cumu­la­tion of dozens of less­er dis­ci­plines, and I was some­what adept at only a few: hav­ing a desire to write, under­stand­ing gram­mar, know­ing how to get and keep a blog online, and that’s about it.

Here I go again.

Sev­er­al years back, I stopped obsess­ing over the Bible as a source of truth. I under­went a 180° shift in ide­ol­o­gy, becom­ing, as my father describes, an “evan­gel­i­cal atheist.”

I don’t dis­agree with that; I am an athe­ist, and I talk about it often. I con­sid­er athe­ism to be good news — it is lib­er­a­tion from ancient gods, imag­i­nary damna­tions, and out­mod­ed moral­i­ties; it is free­dom to see the won­der of the world for what it is and to love our fel­low humans for who they are. So yes, I am evan­gel­i­cal, and I glad­ly pro­claim that good news.

Which brings me final­ly to here, now, Ascend­ing Olym­pus,

Olym­pus, for the ancient Greeks, was home to their pan­theon of gods. It was a real place with mytho­log­i­cal sig­nif­i­cance, which made their faith fal­si­fi­able: ascend Olym­pus and see whether the palace of the gods can be found.

In that way, Olym­pus is a sym­bol for all of the­ism, for all of reli­gion: It rep­re­sents those pieces of reli­gion which can be fal­si­fied, and its ascent is one which we should all consider.

Why, after all, believe in a god whose claims can be found to be a lie (or less antag­o­nis­ti­cal­ly, a fic­tion­al myth)?

I ascend Olym­pus because I spent entire­ly too much of my life wrapped up in reli­gion, buy­ing into its big­otries, such as against sci­ence or homosexuals.

Olym­pus, how­ev­er, is a large moun­tain, though, and rather than ascend it alone, I’m here, shar­ing it with all of you.

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Rick Beckman