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07-12-2013, 11:16 AM
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Hi my name is Teresa.

I finally came to terms with my doubt with religion in the last year. I was raised in a Christian family. Questioning and discussion was never an acceptable practice in our home, go figure. I followed along the path of my parents but it just never felt right. For the longest time I felt there was something wrong with me. So many of the stories didn't make sense but as I said questioning and discussing just wasn't an option. I wondered how could I not feel what all these other people do. I church hopped for years trying to "hear" God. Finally stopped going to church and felt pretty darn good about that. I never really discussed my doubts as everyone I knew would have kittens at my questions and concerns. If finally met this wonderful friend that I was able to confide my concerns with and helped me feel comfortable with my feelings. In this last year I finally was honest with myself and walked away from religion. I have not reached the point where I am comfortable with sharing my position. I hope to find the strength to be able to do that at some point. Telling my mother of my beliefs or rather the lack there of is just so terrifying to me. Finding The Thinking Atheist has been the best thing I have ever done. Thank you for such an amazing forum helping so many not feel alone.
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07-12-2013, 01:56 PM
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Hey I'm Buvey.


An atheist... and such. I came here to talk about religion and atheism.
I hail from USA and I hope we get to talk over teh forumz about many things.

See you soon,
Buvey
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07-12-2013, 02:36 PM
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Hello. I'm Soapy. Or Dan.

I had it easy compared to a lot of people. I'm 36, and was raised catholic.But very loosely. I went to church, MAYBE, 5 times. But I was still raised to love god and jesus. But it was fairly passive. I came to the conclusion that there is no god around the age of nine. No one could answer my questions with enough information to convince me. So I dubbed it bullshit. I have been living my life based on internal moral feelings and decisions, ever since.



I have been an avid listener for a few years, now. I finally decided to come here and be part of the community.
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08-12-2013, 01:00 AM
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(06-12-2013 11:25 AM)Vosur Wrote:  interested to know if your beliefs have changed as well

Are you kidding. Do you change your socks ?
They happen with about the same frequency.

Insufferable know-it-all.Einstein God has a plan for us. Please stop screwing it up with your prayers.
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08-12-2013, 01:13 AM
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(08-12-2013 01:00 AM)Bucky Ball Wrote:  Are you kidding. Do you change your socks ?
They happen with about the same frequency.
Well, turns out that neither have changed. Dodgy

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08-12-2013, 03:23 PM
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Hi my name is Alla.
I believe in God.
I love people.
I was born in Ukraine.
I live in the USA.
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08-12-2013, 04:24 PM
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I'm 46 and have only been calling myself an atheist for a few months... but, I've been calling myself an agnostic for about a year. I'm not officially, publicly out, but have told a few people in my small town that I'm an agnostic (I regret it). I don't relish telling my fundamentalist family... I just don't want to deal with the drama.

I just see religions as just another flawed, man-made invention, but with a superstitious belief in ancient deities. Sometimes I think the world would be a better place without them, but other times I think "what's the big deal?"

I think religions and the Bible are interesting because of the influence they've had on the world. I've been listening to Robert Price's The Bible Geek podcast, and have an affinity for Dan Barker and Jerry DeWitt, both are atheists and former Christian pastors.
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08-12-2013, 06:14 PM
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I made my own thread, but didn't notice this one! So I'll write here.

My name is Fat Mac, a reference to the hilarious show It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia. But my real name is also Mac. However, I'm not fat (at least, I don't think I am.) I'm 28 years old and I live in New York. I work as an analyst for the United Nations. I'm a huge fan of (American) football, but I don't really care for any other sport. The Giants suck, yes, I'm aware. I think I love meat (specifically beef) more than life itself. And as for religious views, as I mentioned, I'm kind of on the fence about everything that I believe in, but as of now I'm an agnostic Christian, and I joined to engage in debate and talk to some (presumably) nice people.

And that's about it.
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08-12-2013, 06:44 PM
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Hello!

I'm 16 years old, and have been a confirmed atheist since sometime in March of this year. I feel like sharing my story about my de-conversion in my introduction post if that's no problem. I'm going to provide you with information of my past and how things from it led me to draw this decisive conclusion as of March of 2013.

You see... I've always been asking questions about everything I learn, including religion. In 1997, I was born in an extremely religious muslim household and from as early as I can remember, I was enrolled in a private school that made me pray everyday. At first, I embraced religion and its sentiments, though, as early as when I was 11, I began to ask probing deep questions to my religious teachers and preachers about more of the underlying philosophical components regarding what my religion says about certain things. I recall when I was as young as 10 years old, I asked my religious teacher in my Sunday religious school how God could have existed before time. At times, I wasn't satisfied with these answers they'd given me, like - "He had to in order for the universe to exist". It felt like they were just begging the question as they just confused me and led to more questions. In 2010, I was starting to get even more confused and perhaps frustrated at how inevitable human suffering will be in the afterlife (this is the sort of mentality I was brought up with), how if you miss morning prayers, you will get a heavy ton of rock placed on your back while you bend. I started to even lament my own existence and wished that I didn't, so that I didn't have to go through all of this suffering my religion foretells. That same year, I started asking anybody I knew in my religion about why God would've created me if he knew what my fate would be, (heaven or hell), and that if he'd known I was going to hell anyways, why he'd proceed with creating me anyway. Not one of those people could give me anything close to a reasonable answer. After much doubt about my religion, the next year in October of 2011, I started questioning why Hell was such a terrible place, for such minuscule crimes. Like for example, why somebody who'd done good to others would go to Hell and suffer unimaginable unfathomable torment merely for not believing in the God of my particular religion. I began to think how egotistical and malevolent the God in my religion, and Gods of other religions were. I mean, after all, they're all similar aren't they? At least in monotheistic religions; an infinite God that says to worship him or go to Hell, and a subsequent rapture, destroying all those who don't acknowledge how great he is. I had a breakthrough in my questioning and concluded how a human of limited mental capacity could even understand if a deity such as a God existed in the first place, as there was insufficient evidence, and there's a limit to how much we can see and understand to base our postulations on. In light of this, I therefore concluded that I was an Agnostic. I began refusing to go to religious gatherings, much to the dismay of my parents. I wasn't particularly secretive about my feelings, and didn't know how else to express myself. I needed my voice to be heard and began implying how confusing a God would be and how we wouldn't know if he was even there in the first place. My Dad started taking away my games for punishment for not going to Mosque. This just caused me to be more stressed and saddened on how nobody understood how I was feeling and how people were punishing me for merely expressing my opinions on matters. Then, their approach molded into being more passive and understanding. They told me to still be open minded (as if I wasn't!), and told me they'd really like me to see this learned ''scholar'' who apparently knew lots about philosophy. I decided that I'd go to appease my distressed family members, and I got into a discussion with the guy, his name was Hassanain Rajabali. I knew him and had an interest in him because he had several debates with Dan Barker in early 2000. Our discussion lasted for a few hours and he overwhelmed me as my position was still weak and he was much smarter than me. I fell into his rhetoric and he convinced me that if I didn't know, I should go with it anyway, as I had nothing to lose, right? I, being a bookworm, knew he was proposing Pascals Wager. I thought the idea was nice, and decided to go with it. The next year, in February, however, I began to see the flaws in the Wager, and decided to research more, as my insatiable curiosity was flaring yet again. I looked at the debates Hassanain Rajabali had with Dan Barker again, and decided to eliminate my confirmation bias. I extensively watched the debates (they're available on YouTube), and even read the transcripts. At the end of this vigorous period of learning, I started weighing the arguments and the result was much different than last time. I began to see the beauty of atheism and all that encompassed it. I started to study further for a month until I finally made my mind up, I struggled a lot along the way. I had this feeling of hopelessness of abandoning all I knew about the world and what I was raised with and what was important to my family, an afterlife. I didn't want to give up the idea of a God because there was such a great feeling of believing in those watchful eyes in the sky. Eventually however, I was able to break the stalemate because of a quote supplied by Dan Barker - "You and I breathe the air of the same planet, and truth should be the same for us both. The basic question which should be asked about any religion is: is it TRUE? If the basic claims of theism, sin, miracles, and revelation are true, then maybe your "good news" is truly good.
However, I am an unbeliever. It's not that I particularly want to doubt; it's just that I have no choice. I have examined your claims and I am not convinced that they are true. I may even wish them to be true (or I may not) -but I am not so naive to think that something can be true or false just because I desire it. There must be some reason, beyond wishful thinking." I saw Rajabali in March of 2013, as my family was very scared at my questioning and desire for knowledge. It turns out we got into a huge debate in the car as my Dad was driving about everything regarding religion. I vividly remember asking him this specific question "If there was no Hell, would you kill, rape, and steal?" He answered "Of course I would". It then began to become clear to me how immoral he was as his religion was the only thing keeping him from indulging in these terrible things. I argued to him how there was no need for a God anyway, as I, unlike him, had enough morality to be able to do good without any sort of eternal compensation. Anyway, it turns out he's a vicious anti-Semitic who believes the Jews helped aid 9/11. Now, it's December of 2013, and I've been living comfortably at the idea of atheism, as I've embraced it. Life is precious, even more so, because it's temporal, not eternal. Thank you for reading this very long post, but I felt that I needed to open up to a community of understanding people, and I once again thank you for providing me with that comfort.

Everyday is judgement day. Use your judgement, use reason.
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09-12-2013, 02:09 AM
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I'm a 24 yr old guy. I'm about to graduate with a degree in computer science with an emphasis in software engineering. Been agnostic for quite a while -- had a bit of a stumbling block when my family suffer the death of my younger sister, but as I continued to absorbs more media, I made the ascent to full atheist. Anyways hello everyone.
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