Unmasking the Absurdity of Religion: Insights from a Pastor’s Daughter by oluwadun Olaoluwa



As a young adult, I find myself at a crossroads, trying to make sense of the religious landscape that hassurrounded me throughout my life. Recently, I made the decision to embrace atheism, a departure from the Christian faith I was brought up in. This shift stemmed from a combination of factors, including mylack of understanding of Christianity and the constant burden of guilt that accompanied it. In this essay, I will share my personal journey and the challenges of navigating religion as a young adult.

Growing up, I was immersed in the Christian faith as the daughter of a pastor. However, I never trulygrasped the essence of Christianity or found a profound connection to its teachings. The rituals, doctrines and dogmas often left me feeling confused and detached. As I matured and developed my own thoughtsand beliefs, the gap between my understanding and religion widened.

One of the key catalysts for my departure from Christianity was the overwhelming burden of guilt thatseemed to permeate every aspect of my life. Whether it was the fear of eternal damnation or the constantself-judgment for not living up to perceived expectations, the weight of guilt became suffocating. It seemed counterintuitive that a religion preaching love and forgiveness could be intertwined with such aheavy sense of shame and guilt.

Embracing atheism has allowed me to free myself from the constant guilt and self-doubt that plagued myreligious journey. However, navigating the religious scene as a young adult in a world that often revolvesaround faith poses its own set of challenges. I question societal norms, explore alternative perspectives,and seek a sense of meaning and purpose outside the confines of traditional religious frameworks.In this blog post, I will delve into the factors that led me to embrace atheism, the struggles I face as Iredefine my spiritual identity, and the importance of open-mindedness and self-discovery in this journey.

While my perspective is personal, I hope to shed light on the experiences of other young adults who mayfind themselves questioning or reevaluating their own religious beliefs.

Dogmatic Beliefs and Division

One of the fundamental issues surrounding religion is the presence of dogmatic beliefs that demandunwavering faith and blind adherence to doctrines. These rigid beliefs can foster a false sense ofindividuality while simultaneously causing further division among people. It becomes absurd when religion is used as a tool to separate “us” from “them” by creating an “us against the world” mentality,often perpetuating divisions based on religious or cultural differences.

Contradictions and Inconsistencies

Religious texts and teachings can contain contradictions and inconsistencies, making it challenging toreconcile different beliefs within and among various religious traditions. The presence of thesediscrepancies undermines the logical coherence of religious claims and raises legitimate doubts abouttheir validity. Such inconsistencies can further contribute to the absurdity of religious practices andbeliefs.

Intolerance and Divisiveness

Unfortunately, throughout history, religion has been misused to justify acts of intolerance, discrimination,and division. Rather than promoting love, understanding, and acceptance, religious beliefs have beendistorted to create a sense of superiority or victimhood, leading to further divisions among individuals andcommunities. It is essential to recognise that the true essence of spirituality lies in fostering unity andcompassion, rather than promoting divisions based on religious or cultural backgrounds.

Superstitions and Hindrance to Critical Thinking Certain religious practices are rooted in superstitions and supernatural beliefs that defy rationality andscientific understanding. While these beliefs may offer solace or a sense of purpose to individuals, they can hinder critical thinking and limit intellectual growth. Embracing unfounded beliefs without questioning or exploring alternatives can impede progress and perpetuate ignorance in society.

Manipulation and Exploitation

Religious institutions, like any other human organization, are susceptible to manipulation andexploitation. The power dynamics within these institutions can be abused, leading to the exploitation ofvulnerable individuals. The absurdity lies in the betrayal of trust when religious leaders or institutions usetheir influence for personal gain or to propagate harmful ideologies. It is essential to remain vigilant andhold religious leaders accountable for their actions to ensure the integrity of religious teachings.


While recognizing the potential positive impact of religion, it is crucial to confront the absurdities that canbe present within religious practices and beliefs. The dogmatic nature of beliefs, divisions caused by falsesenses of individuality, contradictions and inconsistencies, intolerance and divisiveness, the perpetuationof superstitions, and instances of manipulation and exploitation all contribute to the absurdity of religion.

By acknowledging these absurdities, we can foster an environment of critical thinking, open-mindedness,and respectful dialogue, which will enable us to navigate the complexities of religion and spirituality. Ultimately, it is through honest reflection and meaningful discourse that we can strive for a more inclusiveand rational understanding of spirituality in our ever-changing world.

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