Yuriy was born in Ukraine, moved to the US at ripe age of seven, but he really grew up in a fantasy world. It was here, nose deep in books, he realized he had a desire for something beyond the monotony of regular life. Poking his head from out of the clouds, he stopped backsliding and became a devout Christian.
He spent a couple of years as a fervent Pentecostal fundamentalist and a few more as an earnest Calvinist. During that season of his life he spent nearly a decade leading study groups, singing in worship bands, pastoring youth, and preaching to thousands of people with his fiery Pentecostal fervor or his gentle-but-passionate Baptist voice. He thinks the latter listeners were probably way more lucky, or at least less guilty in the end.
Then, once upon a time, as these things often go, he was reading the Bible and realized there was something fishy going on. He tried praying, fasting, taking seminary courses, reading apologetics, and even preaching through his doubts, but alas nothing helped. His faith slowly dissipated, just like the shadows on a crisp summer morning. You can read more about his journey, which was featured on the frontpage of reddit, right here (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, and Part 5).
After Yuriy lost his faith, he realized he had never really considered critical questions during his preacher phase, and so he decided to start helping other people question and think about what they believe and why. For the most part, Yuriy thinks that there probably isn’t a God, but as with all things, he loves pleasant surprises.
Today he spends his time working as a brainy analyst for a fortune 500 company and in his free time, asking the really big questions about life. Sometimes, though, when the big ones are really complicated, he asks little tiny ones, to make himself feel better by figuring out the answers.
He has two college degrees and a university degree but still cant figure out what he really learned. He loves philosophy, biblical studies, technology, history, video games, and other cool things. Probably the coolest thing that he loves is his beautiful wife who blogs at innastasyuk.com.
All in all Yuriy can be a pretty interesting guy, but don’t take my word for it, off to the blog you go.
My interview with ChristianMegapolis
Part 1 – Topics in this section include my childhood, how I began my ministry, my faith, why I became a reluctant atheist, and the reaction of my friends and family to my deconversion.
Part 2 – Topics in this section include: my views on why Christians believe, the exodus of young people leaving Christianity and their motives, the worst reason to leave Christianity, the status of Slavic immigrant churches, and how an atheist can have morals.
Part 3 – Responses to the most common criticisms, comments, and messages I received within weeks after the interview.
Part 4 – A reply to the criticisms of Christian author and apologist Victor Marzul.