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04-05-2013, 08:32 PM
RE: From Christian To Agnostic To Atheist
I knew after reading the bible at age 10 that I didn't believe all that stuff. I never labeled myself or even knew anyone who labeled themselves atheist. My husband didn't believe either. Neither one of us sought out other atheists. My parents turned out to be closet atheists, but kept that secret until they were on their death beds.

We all end up here walking different paths.... it's always interesting to see how many paths lead to Rome.

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15-05-2013, 09:05 PM
RE: From Christian To Agnostic To Atheist
You know, I used to wonder how I'd fare as a Chaplain Assistant in a time of war. I'd have to be responsible for being the Chaplain's personal bodyguard. That's a heavy burden to bear.
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15-05-2013, 09:09 PM
RE: From Christian To Agnostic To Atheist
We all end up here walking different paths.... it's always interesting to see how many paths lead to Rome.
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I think it's interesting to see how many paths lead to Babylon.
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15-05-2013, 09:16 PM
RE: From Christian To Agnostic To Atheist
(04-05-2013 08:23 PM)BrianD Wrote:  Welcome, CaliforniaSurf!

I came to nonbelief through a different route: the absence of God, and the kindler, gentler atheist.

The New Atheists with their, ah, direct methodology scared me off. It took more gentle souls (like Dan Barker, and Seth Andrews) to get me to the point where I could put 2 and 2 together. Once everything came together in my mind, it was easy for me to walk away from Christianity. Now there are tenets of evangelical Christian philosophy I still hold to (do unto others, be honest, etc.) that are shared humanist values, so it's not like I think the Bible is completely worthless with zero value. I just see things differently now, like you do.

What's amusing about my life as an atheist: I spend more time reading the Bible now than when I was an agnostic. Sometimes it seems like I'm reading a different book than the book I read as a Christian.
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15-05-2013, 11:06 PM
RE: From Christian To Agnostic To Atheist
(15-05-2013 09:16 PM)CaliforniaSurf Wrote:  
(04-05-2013 08:23 PM)BrianD Wrote:  Welcome, CaliforniaSurf!

I came to nonbelief through a different route: the absence of God, and the kindler, gentler atheist.

The New Atheists with their, ah, direct methodology scared me off. It took more gentle souls (like Dan Barker, and Seth Andrews) to get me to the point where I could put 2 and 2 together. Once everything came together in my mind, it was easy for me to walk away from Christianity. Now there are tenets of evangelical Christian philosophy I still hold to (do unto others, be honest, etc.) that are shared humanist values, so it's not like I think the Bible is completely worthless with zero value. I just see things differently now, like you do.

What's amusing about my life as an atheist: I spend more time reading the Bible now than when I was an agnostic. Sometimes it seems like I'm reading a different book than the book I read as a Christian.

Reading it like you would any other book really brings out the absurd, the horrific, and the mash up cobbled together nature of the bible.

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