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24-05-2015, 09:43 PM
Hi from me
Hi,

I'm Andrew. I've been watching a lot of Youtube of Aron and Matt and Mr Dawkins and thought I should join a chat where I can discuss aspects of atheism.

I'm 57 and spent 35+ of those years as a Christian. I gradually turned to atheism over that time frame, finally letting go of religion about 5 years ago. With all of that investment, two of the hardest things I've had to say are, "I'm no longer a Christian," and then later, "I am an atheist."

At first it felt like a great loss. But soon I realized what I had gained and how my thinking had been liberated. I was no longer tied to rationalizing one against the other. And I also learned how trapped we can be when we believe a thing. We have to be right. We can't admit to not knowing or being wrong.

I used to see science as almost a conspirator against God. Now I am free to have a passion for science, without the religious taboos, and to rightly identify passion in scientists as a good thing.

Anyway.... I love to write, so my posts may at times be long, as this one could become. So please forgive any lack of brevity.
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24-05-2015, 10:59 PM
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Reading that warms my cockles.

Welcome to TTA.

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24-05-2015, 11:09 PM
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Welcome.
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24-05-2015, 11:40 PM
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Welcome!
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24-05-2015, 11:44 PM
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First time I realized I was an atheist - not just skeptical or spiritual or whatever else that wasn't mainstream Christianity - was right at a year ago.

It is certainly liberating. Welcome to TTA!

"If there's a single thing that life teaches us, it's that wishing doesn't make it so." - Lev Grossman
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25-05-2015, 03:00 AM
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Welcome aboard! Smile

"Isn't it enough to see that a garden is beautiful without having to believe that there are fairies at the bottom of it too"? - Douglas Adams Bechased
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25-05-2015, 03:19 AM
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Thanks for the kind welcome everyone. Smile

Age 57. Ex-Christian of over 35 years. Living in Melbourne Australia. Educator, writer, pilot, drone pilot and solitaire addict. My next sig-line will be more creative. ;-)
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25-05-2015, 05:39 AM
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Welcome from an "old school" RC pilot.

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The difference between prayer and masturbation - is when a guy is through masturbating - he has something to show for his efforts.
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25-05-2015, 06:09 AM
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If you love to write you've landed in the right place. Welcome!

“The first duty of a man is to think for himself” ― José Martí
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13-09-2015, 11:42 PM
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Welcome aboard the forum buddy, have a great stay here.
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