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22-05-2011, 02:35 PM
 
Hey everyone.
My name is Shawn, I just turned 19 in March and I am an Atheist.

I was born and raised in Denver, Colorado to two Christian parents. I have only been a fully self-acknowledged atheist for about a year or so and I wish the I would have figured it out sooner and not have wasted my life following a fairytale.

My younger years were filled with me being absolutely devoted to Christianity. Going to Sunday School every Sunday, the actual church ceremony, and other church events throughout the week. As I grew older, my enthusiasm lessened but I still kept the "faith".

I would say things like "God, I know people don't pray to you like this but please help me." Well, as expected, nothing happened.

About the time that I was 16 I started to really doubt religion and everything my parents had forced onto me. It took me until I was 18 to "come out" to my parents as an atheist. My dad had the biggest look of disappointed in his eyes after I told him. My mother, was dismissive and wanted to shut me up. Fast forward one year later and we really don't get along much.

Why am I an Atheist? Because i'm interested in science and outer space. I could go on for ages about the certain things but one in particular can be summed up by Carl Sagan's "Pale Blue Dot" writing. Voyager 1 in 1990 took a beautiful picture of what was a tiny barely recognizable Earth 3.7 billion miles away. My thoughts, which I have had before reading and watching Carl Sagan's piece is, " Earth is so small and unimportant in the vast universe. For humans to claim exact knowledge through religion of how everything came to be is asinine."

I feel like my life was wasted all those years of "believing". I'm so happy and feel more self-educated as a result.
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22-05-2011, 03:23 PM
 
RE: Hey everyone.
[Image: 6.gif] Shawn, and welcome.
Looks like you're well on your way to a great life. Smile
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22-05-2011, 03:30 PM
 
RE: Hey everyone.
greetings!

i saw the excellent video produced by The Thinking Atheist titled:
After The Rapture

it was such a good commentary and funny
i followed the link to here
soo... here i am

be seeing you around
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