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Margaret Placentra Johnston


I am especially interested in helping people who may be in the throes of doubting their present belief stance - whether they are currently religious or atheist. I believe I can also lend perspective to those seeking to understand their own movement away from faith or that of someone close to them.

Experience in the area

Despite a Catholic upbringing, I consciously discarded that religion over thirty years ago. However, in the last eighteen years I have been extensively researching the topic of belief versus non-belief and have discovered correlations among the experts that, seen together, lend a very intriguing perspective to this topic. My book related to this topic was published in October, 2012 by Quest Books: Faith Beyond Belief: Stories of Good People Who Left Their Church Behind.


Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, Washington Area Secular Humanists (and many others unrelated to this topic.)

Publications Faith Beyond Belief: Stories of Good People Who Left Their Church Behind.(Quest Books, October, 2012.)


Researched and wrote a book on this topic: Faith Beyond Belief: Stories of Good People Who Left Their Church Behind.(Quest Books, October, 2012.)

What do you like about this subject?

To me, the issue of belief versus non-belief is one of the most intriguing aspects of our existence.

Something controversial or provocative about this subject

According to spiritual development theory, people who have reasoned themselves out of religious belief may be more spiritually mature than religious believers.

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2016-06-20 atheist morals:

The way we can know that having a broader worldview, and being able to take more of reality into consideration in choosing moral consequences is that many learned experts from many different parts of the

2016-06-19 atheist morals:

HI Sebastian,     I have reread your questions several times, and I am not sure I am totally certain what you are asking. Nonetheless, I will try to respond.     1) I can only answer this from within the

2016-01-03 Why do christians think masturbation is a sin?:

Hi David,     Thanks for your question. Though I am no expert on this particular matter, I will do my best to respond - at least to the first part of your question. I believe some forms of organized religion

2015-05-10 Behavior:

Hi Charles,     The answer I give you to this question will be filtered through the lens of spiritual development theory, a concept that has been articulated in different ways by various "theorists" from

2015-05-07 Christianity vs Atheism:

Dear Kelly,     These are questions that could take several whole books to answer, but let me try to do it succinctly.     First, let's realize there is no such thing as a standard atheist - not all atheists


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