Are you afraid of losing your atheism?
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22-08-2012, 12:50 AM
RE: Are you afraid of losing your atheism?
(21-08-2012 07:40 PM)Debzilla Wrote:  Highly unlikely although I suppose it is remotely possible in the following situations:

1. Acute psychosis
2. Brain damage
3. Advanced dementia +/- 1 or 2
4. Unquestionable, valid, reliable proof in god(s) (still most likely due to 1, 2, or 3).

I agree but I'd add:
5. Strong emotional stress (caused by illness, war, relative death, etc.)

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22-08-2012, 09:12 AM
RE: Are you afraid of losing your atheism?
(22-08-2012 12:50 AM)KVron Wrote:  
(21-08-2012 07:40 PM)Debzilla Wrote:  Highly unlikely although I suppose it is remotely possible in the following situations:

1. Acute psychosis
2. Brain damage
3. Advanced dementia +/- 1 or 2
4. Unquestionable, valid, reliable proof in god(s) (still most likely due to 1, 2, or 3).

I agree but I'd add:
5. Strong emotional stress (caused by illness, war, relative death, etc.)

It seems that #5 is about as likely to destroy someone's faith.

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22-08-2012, 09:16 AM
RE: Are you afraid of losing your atheism?
(22-08-2012 09:12 AM)Chas Wrote:  
(22-08-2012 12:50 AM)KVron Wrote:  I agree but I'd add:
5. Strong emotional stress (caused by illness, war, relative death, etc.)

It seems that #5 is about as likely to destroy someone's faith.
A double-edged sword? ConsiderI like that idea.

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22-08-2012, 09:23 AM
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22-08-2012, 09:40 AM
RE: Are you afraid of losing your atheism?
A cancer diagnosis didn't make me think I should pray...why would I?

So severe illness didn't push me back into begging, pleading, deal-making with, or worship of any diety.

I went with an excellent medical team. Seems to have been effective.

My lack of belief isn't a void that needs to be filled.

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22-08-2012, 10:41 AM
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(22-08-2012 09:40 AM)Anjele Wrote:  My lack of belief isn't a void that needs to be filled.

Until you find some Gwynnies. Or not. Angel

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22-08-2012, 11:25 AM
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(22-08-2012 10:41 AM)houseofcantor Wrote:  
(22-08-2012 09:40 AM)Anjele Wrote:  My lack of belief isn't a void that needs to be filled.

Until you find some Gwynnies. Or not. Angel

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23-08-2012, 12:08 AM
RE: Are you afraid of losing your atheism?
(22-08-2012 09:16 AM)Vosur Wrote:  
(22-08-2012 09:12 AM)Chas Wrote:  It seems that #5 is about as likely to destroy someone's faith.
A double-edged sword? ConsiderI like that idea.

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23-08-2012, 10:15 AM
RE: Are you afraid of losing your atheism?
I'm with Hitch on this. If I ever lost my lack of faith (confusing) it would probably due to some kind of mental illness, in which case i would no longer be myself. That's pretty frightening but not something I think about very often.

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23-08-2012, 11:49 AM
RE: Are you afraid of losing your atheism?
No.
Never.
Not a chance.

Even as a kid it seemed idiotic to believe in the BS they spit.

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