Today on Flyswatter Show, I present a recording I made in August 2011 at Atlanta Freethought Society: “There and Back Again” by Brother Richard, aka Richard Haynes.
Richard Haynes is a writer and public speaker living in Atlanta, Georgia. He was raised in a nonreligious home, but as a teenage runaway, he had a “born again” religious experience. Almost immediately, Richard became an evangelist and personally led hundreds of individuals to Christ. Richard went on to receive a Bachelor of Science in Biblical Studies, and became an associate minister in a 12,000-member Atlanta mega-church.
In 1993, a couple of months after the birth of his eldest daughter, Richard, and his wife Angela, made the agonizing decision to leave their church which was engulfed with scandal. Terrified and unemployed, they began their long and arduous journey to rationality and nontheism.
Richard is now secularly ordained and has dedicated himself to building nontheist communities, and encouraging others to “come out” of the atheist closet. He maintains the blog: LifeWithoutFaith.com;