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24-05-2016, 08:12 PM
RE: Hi, I'm new here.
You'll come out when you're ready, when you feel it "safe" to do so. At least you and your husband are on the same page at home.

I like the bit about "letting go of trying to believe" and how that "feels better." I completely related to Julia Sweeney's statement (from "Letting Go of God") that the biggest growths in her life always came when she ACCEPTED WHAT WAS TRUE, versus what she just WANTED to be true. Oh, how I relate to that!
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25-05-2016, 02:32 AM
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(24-05-2016 05:29 PM)RocketSurgeon76 Wrote:  
(24-05-2016 12:20 PM)JosieWales Wrote:  I'm a 41yo woman, teach HS science, married with three kiddos. I've felt like a faker my whole life until I finally let go of trying to believe and I feel much better! I almost feel like I have to be secretive about it, living in MO. My in-laws are devout Christians and would cry for days if they found out I am a nonbeliever and their son, my husband, is basically also an atheist. There's more, but I want to look around! Smile

Hey, Josie! Glad to see a fellow resident of the State of Misery.

I hope you're not down in the "Boot Heel", where I am (southeast Missouri, for the rest of y'all)... I just got a new job that starts in KCMO in July, so I'll be glad to leave this desolate, fundamentalist-overrun place.

My wife is a Christian, but she is an evolutionary biologist (in the field of genetics), and so she has a pretty liberal view of the Bible as a literal document, to put it mildly. I mention this because I think that, so long as your husband is willing to stand up for you with the in-laws (as she did with me), they will accustom themselves to having an atheist in the family, even if he's not willing to come out of the closet yet.

Welcome to the board, and a life of freethought! Smile
No, not quite bootheel. Close though! Just north of it. Yay evolutionary biology! And yay for liberal interpretations of the bible and supportive spouses.
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25-05-2016, 03:26 AM
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Welcome Smile

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If you're perfect -- Alanis Morissette
(06-02-2014 03:47 PM)Momsurroundedbyboys Wrote:  And I'm giving myself a conclusion again from all the facepalming.
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25-05-2016, 10:44 AM
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(25-05-2016 02:32 AM)JosieWales Wrote:  
(24-05-2016 05:29 PM)RocketSurgeon76 Wrote:  Hey, Josie! Glad to see a fellow resident of the State of Misery.

I hope you're not down in the "Boot Heel", where I am (southeast Missouri, for the rest of y'all)... I just got a new job that starts in KCMO in July, so I'll be glad to leave this desolate, fundamentalist-overrun place.

My wife is a Christian, but she is an evolutionary biologist (in the field of genetics), and so she has a pretty liberal view of the Bible as a literal document, to put it mildly. I mention this because I think that, so long as your husband is willing to stand up for you with the in-laws (as she did with me), they will accustom themselves to having an atheist in the family, even if he's not willing to come out of the closet yet.

Welcome to the board, and a life of freethought! Smile
No, not quite bootheel. Close though! Just north of it. Yay evolutionary biology! And yay for liberal interpretations of the bible and supportive spouses.

Well I'm in Sikeston, near Cape Girardeau. I travel to St. Louis pretty routinely because my primary care doctor (specialist) is there, so perhaps we can grab dinner. Bring the hubby and kiddos. I have two kids myself, but they're already up in KCMO, where I'll be relocating in early July with a new job.

"Theology made no provision for evolution. The biblical authors had missed the most important revelation of all! Could it be that they were not really privy to the thoughts of God?" - E. O. Wilson
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25-05-2016, 05:52 PM
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(24-05-2016 12:20 PM)JosieWales Wrote:  I'm a 41yo woman, teach HS science, married with three kiddos. I've felt like a faker my whole life until I finally let go of trying to believe and I feel much better! I almost feel like I have to be secretive about it, living in MO. My in-laws are devout Christians and would cry for days if they found out I am a nonbeliever and their son, my husband, is basically also an atheist. There's more, but I want to look around! Smile

Welcome. If you have any questions about theology let me know. Enjoy your stay. Smile

"Belief is so often the death of reason" - Qyburn, Game of Thrones

"The Christian community continues to exist because the conclusions of the critical study of the Bible are largely withheld from them." -Hans Conzelmann (1915-1989)
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