Mage, what exactly made you stop being a Christian? And in hindsight do you think you were ever actually a Christian (i.e. your faith was deep and genuine) or were you just sort of going through the motions and accepting what other people put in front of you? Whenever I read your posts on religion I never doubt your sincerity or intelligence, as you're clearly a very thoughtful and well-read guy, but there's always apparent an underlying tone of pride. It's as if, more than anything else, you simply cannot accept a God who doesn't allow you the opportunity to save yourself. You say that you aren't one of those fucked up people (a depressive, an addict, a degenerate, etc...), and that you're not foolish or simple-minded. Much to the contrary, you're an intellectual, a man of determination, discipline, will and power. You don't need to be saved from anything, the very idea seems to strike you as an insult. In this regard, your attitude perfectly illustrates the danger of pride from the Christian perspective (a danger which the Bible warns about exhaustively) . A lack of humility is a much bigger stumbling block to faith than a high IQ. There have been plenty of highly intelligent Christians, but very few - if any - can come to Christ while swollen with pride and self-righteousness.