Atheism has a new face: Mandisa Thomas
AAH Advisor Mandisa Thomas talks about her path to atheism and the effects of religion on the black community.
The belief in God is one of the greatest mysteries to mankind. And it is that belief that has shaped and transformed our very existence. There are 21 major religions in the world with a multitude of subsects. There is also an additional 1 billion people, who believe in a higher power, but do not associate with a specific religion at all. With those statistics one would say that most of the us believe in some form of higher power. However, 2.3% of the world’s population identify with no religion or higher power. These individuals identify with Atheism and Mandisa Thomas falls into that category. When her story was introduced to me via JET Magazine, I was immediately intrigued. The picture that I had in my head of an Atheist didn’t match up with what I was seeing. She wasn’t an angry, evil, devil worshiping person like so many people try to portray them. She was a normal, everyday woman who could very well blend into your family or mine. Although my beliefs do not mirror Mandisa’s, I wanted to learn about her path to Atheism and provide more insight on this taboo subject.