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12-11-2013, 05:28 AM
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Hello to all! Smile
I'm a resident of Washington in the Stevens Pass area. A 62 year old widow. Live simply, like to travel (probably why I live simply, Mexico is where I go a couple times a year), own a dog and drive a Wrangler. Not quite retired but found a very non-stressful, low-key job.
My biggest gripe- people that thank god for whatever. Example: December my eldests died in an apartment fire. Fortunately he died of asphyxiation. Someone said to me "Thank god it was asphyxiation and he didn't suffer." My response: "Your god started the fire, it was luck that he died from asphyxiation." Of course all I got was a blank stare.
This probably isn't the best way to introduce myself but I guess I needed to vent.
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12-11-2013, 09:05 AM
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Vent away DealWI - most of the time, it's all anyone can do. Glad you found this place.

Good to see all the n00bs.

Welcome to the forum.

A new type of thinking is essential if mankind is to survive and move to higher levels. ~ Albert Einstein
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12-11-2013, 05:10 PM
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Hello all!

I've been reading the forums and listening to the podcasts for a couple of months now and only just got around to registering.

Anyways, some background. I'm a 21 year old stuck in the Bible Belt. Oklahoma, to be exact. I was raised Roman Catholic and it was the hypocrisy blatantly obvious in my immediate family that started me questioning religion.

Anyways, I was encouraged to see all the atheists out there after thinking I was an anomaly and that religion was par for the course.
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13-11-2013, 04:40 PM
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(12-11-2013 05:10 PM)Penumbrae Wrote:  Hello all!

I've been reading the forums and listening to the podcasts for a couple of months now and only just got around to registering.

Anyways, some background. I'm a 21 year old stuck in the Bible Belt. Oklahoma, to be exact. I was raised Roman Catholic and it was the hypocrisy blatantly obvious in my immediate family that started me questioning religion.

Anyways, I was encouraged to see all the atheists out there after thinking I was an anomaly and that religion was par for the course.

I feel ya. I'm in the bible belt too.

Hope you like it here!
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13-11-2013, 05:36 PM
Introduce Yourself HERE!
(12-11-2013 05:10 PM)Penumbrae Wrote:  Hello all!

I've been reading the forums and listening to the podcasts for a couple of months now and only just got around to registering.

Anyways, some background. I'm a 21 year old stuck in the Bible Belt. Oklahoma, to be exact. I was raised Roman Catholic and it was the hypocrisy blatantly obvious in my immediate family that started me questioning religion.

Anyways, I was encouraged to see all the atheists out there after thinking I was an anomaly and that religion was par for the course.

I live in Dallas Texas, and I am soooo happy I am not stuck in Oklahoma...

Welcome to the forums.
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13-11-2013, 07:43 PM
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Hi,
Looking forward to learning more about Atheism and finding others who share my beliefs.

-ChrisC.
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13-11-2013, 09:45 PM
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I'm a former zealous evangelical, baptized and raised LCMS. I made my "personal commitment" when I was 16, and from that point threw myself in reading my Bible. I discovered 1 Thessolonians 5:21 which reads "test everything; hold on to what is good" and 1 Peter 3:15 ".... Always be prepared to give an answer for the hope that you have." Motivated by these verses, I threw myself into Bible study. I was truly hungry to learn. The Bible was a puzzle though. One question seemed to lead to another question, rather than an answer. When I'd challenge others, their answers were incomplete, or they'd spit out canned answers. My mind toiled trying to reason it out. Meanwhile, I was active in my youth group, taught Sunday School and VBS, and joined the Evangelism Board. I looked for ways to share the gospel, and spent long hours talking with my fundy best friend about how to "save souls" (gag).

I went off to college to study music, but a deep depression (from the cognitive dissonance) left me listless and unproductive. I reasoned it must be because god is calling me to church work (wtf). My second year, this time at a Lutheran university to go into church work, left my insides toiling much the same way. I'd cry out to what I thought was god "what am I supposed to dooooooooo??!" No answer, surprise! At the end of my spring semester there, my advisor handed all of us first-year church work students a form, and we were supposed to sign promising our commitment to the faith. That was my turning point. That's when I realized I was doubting and I couldn't do it in good conscience.

I left that school, married my [Christian] husband, and we embarked on our life together in a Christian marriage. My faith, meanwhile, unraveled one thin thread at a time over the course of six years, making a pit stop at Catholicism in 2006 and going as far as coming out as Catholic to my family (doh), which sent them in a hysteric panicked uproar . One day, just before I started catechism, my better sense wrangled me by the throat and basically said "are you MAD?! So I was done. Just... done.

I left the faith thing alone for several years. My daughter was born in 2010, and baptized per my husband's faith (who was still humming along perfectly content as an LCMSer). A few months later, I woke up one day and realized with lump in my throat that I was agnostic. Thus started my habitation in the closet, except for my husband (who was devastated), my "spiritual" sister, my atheist brother, and my skeptic father. This last year I planted my paradigm squarely in atheism.

Three years later I'm still in the closet, by and large, but I feel closer to coming out. I'm thinking about it, strongly. Anyway, it's good to be here--- I LOVE TTA radio show---- and I'm anxious to read up!
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13-11-2013, 10:46 PM
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Hi all! I'm finally checking in here. I've been following Seth's work on YouTube for a while.

Me = 58 y.o., born atheist but was taught Southern Baptist (my step-mother's religion) as a kid starting around 8 years old, then the family converted to Lutheran (my father's religion) when in high school, but by then I wasn't buying it anymore. I had no evidence against any of it, it's just that it sounded like nonsense, tales that would be OK to tell children, like Grimm's Fairy Tales, but not adults. You kids these days have it easy, relatively, which so much counter argument and criticism so readily available. (Typical old-guy remark, huh? Wink )

Anyway, I was an atheist in a vacuum, not buying it, but no support for my lack of belief, no air to breath. All my years growing up I never heard a word critical of Christianity other than the squabbling between denominations. (I'm told there once was a time, in Europe a few centuries ago, when atheism was inconceivable given how ingrained religion was in the culture.) Sure, I saw "The Last Temptation" but that wasn't informative. Yea, "Life of Brian", too, but that was about the total extent of public dialog suggesting anything other than the standard religious story, and those movies didn't come out until the 80's.

To be able t make the break and be able to say definitively there was no god I needed evidence. Lack of evidence for a god was not sufficient ground for rejecting, formally, openly, what I had been taught. So I just held to my hunches until after college when a friend recommended a book, "King Jesus", by Robert Graves. It was an "alternative solution" to the nativity question. It was fiction, quality fiction, but just being an "alternative" was something, and it was my biggest break so far. Maybe a decade later I started finding other books, "The History of Satan" and others. I tried to shy away from anything angry or sappy or sketchy. I wanted something I could trust, or at least read and analyze myself. Elaine Pagels's books are good that way. And others.

Eventually I found Spong's books. Must-reads, people. They tell the outside story of Christianity by an man who is insider that values the "there" in Christianity while lamenting the superstitious stuff. (I think Spong is an atheist, even if he doesn't know it.) Anyway, I was finally finding good information, then I started poking around on Youtube and found a lot. Evid3nc3, for example, and Purple Fox. There should be an award for those guys. And later Mr. Diety, and of course Thunderf00t, Prof MTH, NonStampCollector, Aron Ra, and many others. What a different world it is today. (You kids have it easy. Wink )

I was always a science-type and eventually got a PhD in engineering. I was not inclined towards magical thinking, plus I guess I inoculated myself by reading all about the Greek gods when in the 2nd grade, before I was taken to church. To me those other gods were just stories, so it was easy to think of my parent's god as character in a story, but when they are your parents, and everyone you know, and everyone you hear or see, believes in this God, it is not as easy as just thinking it was just another story. It was a prison, I guess.

Thank you, Seth, for providing so many people with the support they need, and for trying set the tone for civilized discourse with religion, even as we as a culture start putting it to rest.

Mike
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14-11-2013, 02:39 AM
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Hey! My name is Christhyane. I'm a 16year old from venezuela. Atheist since I was 11. Open atheist (except with my mom and dad) with a lot of christian friends.
I'm a kid in love with science, astronomy, cosmology and love. Nice to be here guys!
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14-11-2013, 06:14 AM
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Welcome.

Skepticism is not a position; it is an approach to claims.
Science is not a subject, but a method.
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