Former Pastor Who Tried ‘Year Without God’ Experiment May Become a Full-Time Atheist

During his year without God, Ryan Bell has found love with Rebecca Pratt, who is a devoted Christian
During his year without God, Ryan Bell has found love with Rebecca Pratt, who is a devoted Christian

A former Seventh Day Adventists pastor who set out in January to live a year without God could be set to become a full-time atheist when his eventful experiment comes to an end later this month.

Ryan Bell, 43, made headlines in January when just days into his ‘intellectual experiment’ to explore atheism he was fired from his two teaching jobs at Christian schools near Los Angeles.

Bell was left struggling to support his two young daughters, aged 10 and 13, until an atheist blogger set up an online fundraising site and helped raise over $27,000 to help him support his family.

For 19 years Bell had been a pastor, most recently the senior pastor at the Hollywood Seventh-day Adventists Church.

Then in March 2013 he resigned his position due to differences over his liberal views – including campaigning against the same-sex marriage ban for gay and lesbians – that didn’t go down well with the church.

With his 17-year marriage also headed for divorce, Bell suffered a crisis of faith and in January 2014, he began a yearlong journey to explore the limits of theism and the atheist landscape in the U.S.

For 19 years Bell had been a pastor, most recently the senior pastor at the Hollywood Seventh-day Adventists Church.

Then in March 2013 he resigned his position due to differences over his liberal views – including campaigning against the same-sex marriage ban for gay and lesbians – that didn’t go down well with the church.

With his 17-year marriage also headed for divorce, Bell suffered a crisis of faith and in January 2014, he began a yearlong journey to explore the limits of theism and the atheist landscape in the U.S.

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SOURCE: DailyMail
David McCormack

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