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05-09-2012, 06:12 PM
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(05-09-2012 06:02 PM)KT Schmidt Wrote:  I'm a 51 year old female, in the midst of a major paradigm shift from Christianity
to Agnostic/possible Atheist/possible Deist...not sure yet....but am still "in the closet" with most people, especially the church I work for as an Associate Music Director.
Having a really hard time. Not looking for any particular "answer" but to find my way through to a place that I'm comfortable with. Very hard to think about leaving my Christian community where all my children were baptized, and most of my life-long friends still belong to. Looking for friendship and understanding as I muddle through. Particularly hard as a musician who has written many songs "to the Lord"...and still can and probably want to write melodies for liturgical use...ack!!! Anyone going through this, or gone through it, I welcome your kind thoughts, and musings and wonderings as well! Former devoted, born-again Christian musicians especially welcomed to chime in!!!
Thanks, and best to everyone here!
At the end of the day, no matter what I end up believing, I will act with the utmost dignity towards my fellow human beings, and never force my beliefs on anyone!
KT Schmidt
Welcome, I hope everything will turn out fine for you.

Do stay and look around, but becareful, sometimes people on here are trolls, don't get scared off. Just a tip!

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05-09-2012, 11:53 PM
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Hello all, long time atheist, but closeted to my immediate family as well as my in-laws. I am from the "Deep South", originally from Christian household. My family probably suspects that I am an atheist or at least a skeptic though it's not something we discuss....much like a closeted homosexual I suppose. I am a Navy veteran, and college student. I am a libertarian, with a supportive wife. I have traveled across much of America, and several counties in Europe and the Middle-East. I left active-duty due to moral conflicts to promote the ideas of peace, and freedom.
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06-09-2012, 12:52 AM
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Aloha Thinking Friends,
I am 51 yrs young, fortunate to call Maui my home. I'm a recovering Mormon who is about 2 yrs clean and Godless! I have a tremendous appreciation for Seth, and everything @ The Thinking Atheist. Openly Atheist to friends and co-workers, in the closet with Family...not quite ready to be disowned. Soon though
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06-09-2012, 12:15 PM
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I'm an early sixties Toronto woman who relatively recently (within the past five years) discovered that I did not believe or rather had an epiphany after a very long time of thinking about it. I am grateful to a number of people for that. People like you and everyone on this site for giving me food for thought and also Dawkins and Hitching for really allowing me to cast off what felt like a hood over my head.

I don't flaunt the fact that I don't believe but if it comes up in conversation I state matter-of-factly that I don't have any faith. Right now I'm having trouble with my grandson being enrolled in a Catholic school and being taught the same crap (actually worse crap, as my parents were Anglican) that I was taught. I live with my daughter and grandson and have to really bite my tongue when he brings home his projects, craft items, and homework that is faith oriented.

I was taught that you did not question your elders or authority figures. The sixties showed me that there was another world out there but the 'authorities' fought so hard against us that I began to believe that I was a naughty, rebellious member of society. Unfortunately, my parents were poor and I could not hope to attend university then so, my mental growth was stunted for years.

I love being able to ask questions in the hope of getting answers. I love the internet because then I can either confirm the veracity of the answers or discover disputes to these answers.

I've been rambling but I hope it gives you a little insight into me.
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06-09-2012, 05:13 PM
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(06-09-2012 12:15 PM)Hopefulever Wrote:  I'm an early sixties Toronto woman who relatively recently (within the past five years) discovered that I did not believe or rather had an epiphany after a very long time of thinking about it. I am grateful to a number of people for that. People like you and everyone on this site for giving me food for thought and also Dawkins and Hitching for really allowing me to cast off what felt like a hood over my head.

I don't flaunt the fact that I don't believe but if it comes up in conversation I state matter-of-factly that I don't have any faith. Right now I'm having trouble with my grandson being enrolled in a Catholic school and being taught the same crap (actually worse crap, as my parents were Anglican) that I was taught. I live with my daughter and grandson and have to really bite my tongue when he brings home his projects, craft items, and homework that is faith oriented.

I was taught that you did not question your elders or authority figures. The sixties showed me that there was another world out there but the 'authorities' fought so hard against us that I began to believe that I was a naughty, rebellious member of society. Unfortunately, my parents were poor and I could not hope to attend university then so, my mental growth was stunted for years.

I love being able to ask questions in the hope of getting answers. I love the internet because then I can either confirm the veracity of the answers or discover disputes to these answers.

I've been rambling but I hope it gives you a little insight into me.


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07-09-2012, 06:21 AM
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hi I'm a 16 yer old english student still kind on the fence over whether I'm an agnostic atheist or a deist but regardless I'm not to keen on organised religion.

My story kinda long and boring but ill try to sum it up as quickly as I can. I have autism and I was considered by the multiple schools I went to to be a problem so my parents sent me to a specialist school which happened to also be the chorister(choir boy) school for Durham cathedral. I was given help and for the first time I was happy and they made me into a good christian. Then on a summers day in 2005 when coming back from sports I had a fit, a few months later I found out I had brain cancer. I could not understand why me, what did I do. I asked multiple people around school (most of which were clergy) why? All I ever got as an answer was "it is part of Gods plan". I couldn't rationalize how anyone or anything can justify putting somebody through unimaginable pain and suffering that comes with cancer so after many long sleepless nights staring at the ceiling I came to the conclusion that God does not exist or if there is a being that created the universe it has no role in its creation or simply does not care about us.

A friend of mine on a chat room I visit told me to give here a look, and I decided to register here saw this topic and started typing and that brings us to now.


p.s sorry in advanced about any bad grammar and spelling. I know its terrible and im not going to make any excuses up about it. I am making an Effort to relearn my English grammar

p.s.s I'm all clear Big Grin
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07-09-2012, 07:05 AM
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Hi guys I Jordan Smith from New York and I am currently working as a career counselor. Hope my experience will help you.
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07-09-2012, 02:10 PM
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hello everyone, my name is kevin, long time athiest, i recently found the podcast and would like to immerse myself into this community.
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07-09-2012, 03:15 PM
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Welcome all you newblets.

Good to have you on TTA.

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08-09-2012, 04:13 PM
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My name is Ron and my life has been an evolutionary journey to non belief. I started as a altar boy in the Episcopalian Church, to a active participant {if not a baptized one} in the Jehovah's Wittiness to a member of the US Navy believing that the Christian god was right but nobody had it right because nobody could follow the bible, then I tried mainstream non denominational Churches again, but it was all I could do to not scream at the preacher when he was WRONG and I mean dead wrong on his teachings, so I left that and decided that if "God" did indeed make me in his image then he MUST be logical and logically I had to reject all "organized religion" but remain a believer. As I remained a believer I began to think that God must be a child with an ant farm. An ant farm he liked to F with from time to time. Then recently I started thinking, ya know what that makes no sense either, there are countless galaxies with countless stars with even more planets and was therefore mathematically improbable {if not impossibal} for life not to have evolved somewhere else and if that was true then how could we think that we are so damn special. So as I applied the logical mind I have always prided myself on to the the teachings of my youth and as I did so it made less and less sense and I found that I was cherry picking in order to still have a "god" in my life.
This is just a brief summary of my journey there were many more twists and turns and double backs in my 30 brief years. Today I struggle on how to tell my 10 year old son that there is no Hell {his young aunt who is in the youth group told him that he was going to hell} Now I told him that there is no god there is no devil and there is no Hell. And he asked me if there is a heaven and when I told him no then he asked me what happened when we die. I want to tell him but I don't want to scare him I am afraid he is to young to be asking me this. However I don't want him to go what I went through fighting the lie and fearing hell. my email is ronbuzzard655@gmail.com if someone can help me in this. If you read this far with my deplorable grammar then thank you.
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