A Message From Emily:
Hello! If you are visiting our website, you probably have a lot of unanswered questions about your faith. I can completely relate. Let me tell you a little bit about myself.
I grew up in a good, Bible-believing family. We obeyed our pastor and avoided anything that was worldly (interpret this as “fun”). I must have been a rebel from the beginning, because I secretly questioned the things I was taught. It made no sense to me that we were the only possessors of “truth”. Who was to say what was true and what was not?
There were many glaring inconsistencies in how I saw my leaders practice our faith. They claimed to perform miraculous healings; yet, it was never anything verifiable. We were taught that faith would “move mountains”, and “anything is possible with God”. Those who did not get their healing must not have had enough faith, or maybe it was “not God’s will”. It made no sense to me.
As a psychology major in college, a class of comparative religions made me even more curious. I concluded that religions had more in common than differences. I also discovered how religion often twists things to disenfranchise people who are different. There were logical explanations for things that most held as supernatural.
My search led me to a branch of free-thinking society on campus. Their goal was not to ridicule the faith of others. This group encouraged people to study their beliefs with a critical eye. With scientific investigation, they demonstrated some of the flaws that I knew always existed in religion. I became more aware of how people were being duped with false hope and fake miracles.
We also studied skepticism in paranormal and pseudo-sciences. There are many people being misled by so-called psychic mediums and alternative medicine quacks. Their tarot cards and other forms of divination are no more accurate than a good guess.
Thirty years later, I am still asking questions. With a group of like-minded colleagues, I founded A Closer Look. It is not our intention to destroy your faith. Instead, we encourage you to question the things that you believe. Can it be replicated in a controlled environment, or is it something you accept out of blind obligation? The more questions you ask, the less likely you will be to be taken in by charlatans who promise you “miracles” or psychic wonders.
If you have any questions or comments, feel free to contact us. I look forward to sharing more investigation on how millions of people are being tricked by religious leaders and psychic frauds. A critical eye can mean a world of difference.