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05-02-2014, 06:05 PM
Anyone read "Manual for creating atheist"?
I think that is the title. I have been thinking about purchasing it and reading it since I can't find a copy at my library to borrow (big surprise) but I want to make sure it is worth it first as I am on a budget. I live in Mormon Mecca here in the Utah/Idaho area and I really feel I need a bit more in my "No I have not found Jesus and he better hope I never do" arsenal when approached by so many religious fanatics around here. Unwashing the brain washed is starting to seem impossible.

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05-02-2014, 06:38 PM
RE: Anyone read "Manual for creating atheist"?
I bought it last Sunday but I've not started it yet.

I'll get back to you with a review when I've read it.
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05-02-2014, 06:58 PM
RE: Anyone read "Manual for creating atheist"?
No need. Send your kids to parochial school. Most effective training camp for future atheists ever. Girly and Bucky'sBalls can vouch for it. Thumbsup

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07-02-2014, 08:29 AM
RE: Anyone read "Manual for creating atheist"?
(05-02-2014 06:58 PM)GirlyMan Wrote:  No need. Send your kids to parochial school. Most effective training camp for future atheists ever. Girly and Bucky'sBalls can vouch for it. Thumbsup

Parochial school ? Very likely it.

When my friends and I came to the States as exchange students, the local Christian community was very enthusiastic to have us in their conversion gatherings. They turned half of us into fundamentalist Christians, and the other half serious atheists, including me.

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07-02-2014, 09:46 AM
RE: Anyone read "Manual for creating atheist"?
Where are you from HU? It's crazy to me that fundamentalist Christians were able to turn some of your fellow foreign exchange students. The foreign exchange students we had were commonly from Germany and Italy and typically were in shock by some of the Christians here in the States.
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07-02-2014, 07:04 PM
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(07-02-2014 09:46 AM)mrlmichael Wrote:  Where are you from HU? It's crazy to me that fundamentalist Christians were able to turn some of your fellow foreign exchange students. The foreign exchange students we had were commonly from Germany and Italy and typically were in shock by some of the Christians here in the States.

I am from China.

We were born and raised as atheists, taught to be socialists or communists. When my generation have grown up, some of them decide that they were brainwashed by bulCensored hit and it was high time that they discard the authoritarian atheist belief and enbrace the democratic and free fundamental Christianity. Compared to other more 'modernized' Christianity branches, you know, which treat it a little more like a lifestyle thing, fundamentalist Christians are much more eager to convert newcomers. Those who frequented us were some first generation Chinese Americans. It seemed that they took solace in almost entirely in fundamental Christianity.

The basis of my atheist belief was shattered, too. Yet I managed to have rebuilt it through a painful process.

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07-02-2014, 07:54 PM
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I feel as if atheism is much more free and any religion for the most part would be more authoritarian. That is odd. I guess I do not and could never really have a good idea of what it is like to grow up in China and experience the west for the first time.
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08-02-2014, 12:29 AM (This post was last modified: 08-02-2014 12:53 AM by HU.Junyuan.)
RE: Anyone read "Manual for creating atheist"?
(07-02-2014 07:54 PM)mrlmichael Wrote:  I feel as if atheism is much more free and any religion for the most part would be more authoritarian. That is odd. I guess I do not and could never really have a good idea of what it is like to grow up in China and experience the west for the first time.

In China's popular culture of from 1980s to early 2000s, there were this interesting fashionable thought: Communism failed, so let's do it the opposite way, the good way, i.e. the American way. The reason why the evil communism was thus rampant in China, is because the Chinese don't have real belief, the sacred thing the US people have, and particularly that Chinese don't believe in the moral leader, the salvation provider, God, who occasionally also sell the convenient Indulgences.

I came to US in 2003 for 10 months' exchange in UW, Seattle. When I saw Seattle for the first time on the ground in a shuttle bus, I thought "this is one of the most beautiful country style scenes I've ever seen", which I later realized was the difference of China's population density being on average 6 times that of the US. Put the idealogy stuff aside, this thing alone explains many cultural differences, and also is the status quo the Chinese people have to deal with everyday.

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08-02-2014, 01:35 AM
RE: Anyone read "Manual for creating atheist"?
(07-02-2014 07:54 PM)mrlmichael Wrote:  I feel as if atheism is much more free and any religion for the most part would be more authoritarian.

Yeah, and the your Bar'Mitzvah'ed brother calls you lazy and says you're an atheist only because you don't like to sit through boring services. (He thinks services are boring too and I think he's an atheist too.)

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08-02-2014, 01:54 AM
RE: Anyone read "Manual for creating atheist"?
(05-02-2014 06:05 PM)Pearl Wrote:  I think that is the title. I have been thinking about purchasing it and reading it since I can't find a copy at my library to borrow (big surprise) but I want to make sure it is worth it first as I am on a budget. I live in Mormon Mecca here in the Utah/Idaho area and I really feel I need a bit more in my "No I have not found Jesus and he better hope I never do" arsenal when approached by so many religious fanatics around here. Unwashing the brain washed is starting to seem impossible.

You can get a PDF copy for free.
Not legally obviously, so google it. Try it, if you like it then buy it, if not then delete it.

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