Ron Reagan is “Not afraid of burning in Hell,” nor does he think anyone else should be. Simply put, he does not believe in religious teachings that hold that thought over you. With religion so much in the news these days we thought we would speak to someone with a completely different view. Reagan is an atheist.
It all goes back to childhood. “Two things leap to mind,” he told Hollywood on the Potomac. “The first things really that set the wheels in motion was that I had become at a very early age fascinated by the idea of prehistoric humans. This is a fascination that endures. Of course, I was familiar from Sunday school with the story of Adam and Eve. These two separate narratives began to clash in my little 4 or 5 year old head,” he explained. “I remember sitting on the floor of my bedroom playing with things one day and my mother walked into the room and I said, ‘Mommy, were Adam and Eve the first cave men or the first people as we know them today?’ I was very proud of the deploying the phrase ‘as we know them today’ which I had obviously heard somebody say and now I was going to use it, so I was happy about that. I was curious about this apparent problem, conflict.”
“Adam and Eve are supposed to be the first human beings,” he further explained, “but clearly there were these other people before them, so what’s up with that? It got me thinking that there’s an issue here. This Adam and Eve story doesn’t really make any sense. Then I got to the Abraham and Isaac story and was pretty immediately horrified at the idea that some father was going to haul his kid up a mountainside and plunge a dagger into him. It didn’t make too much difference to me that the angel came down at the last minute to say, ‘whoa, whoa, okay just kidding here.’ That seemed pretty horrific too. I couldn’t see why anybody held this story up as anything other than just a horrible capitulation to a celestial dictator of some sort. Who would ask you to do the most horrible things to prove your undying and eternal devotion to the deity itself? That story didn’t please me much. By that time I think I was probably already atheist.”