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09-07-2014, 12:27 PM
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09-07-2014, 05:22 PM
RE: Introduce Yourself HERE!
(09-07-2014 11:59 AM)Maribeth Jones Wrote:  Hi. I'm a 59-year-old language teacher and former journalist. I like a good discussion but preferably not with most young people. I get enough of that during the school year. I was led to this site this morning. It's the only non-Facebook chat I have going. I was sponsor of our high school's first Secular Student Association, although it died soon after birth. Another group, Coexist, rose from the ashes. Raised Southern Baptist until 8th grade when we moved to a golf course and my Dad discovered that God actually lived there. Currently, basically, non-confrontational.

Funny - my dad also converted to golfism which is why we weren't heavily pressed into religion. In fact, we held his memorial service at the country club he enjoyed so much.

Welcome. You will find all ages and all levels of interaction here. Don't write off our younger members, many of them are quite knowledgeable and able to hold their own in 'adult' conversations. They also tend to help lighten things up if they get too heavy.

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09-07-2014, 05:24 PM
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...to all our new members.

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10-07-2014, 02:20 PM
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Hi:

I survived religion. I am a mom trying to raise her child in a country that seems to increasingly substitute fairy tales for fact. This is really scary.

I was struck when Bill Maher said that atheists are the United States largest minority. (paraphrased)

-So what do we do about it?
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10-07-2014, 02:53 PM
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(10-07-2014 02:20 PM)Tinkerbee Wrote:  Hi:

I survived religion. I am a mom trying to raise her child in a country that seems to increasingly substitute fairy tales for fact. This is really scary.

I was struck when Bill Maher said that atheists are the United States largest minority. (paraphrased)

-So what do we do about it?

Interesting question, start a thread, lets flesh it out a bit..and non religious makes up about 35% of the US at the moment and rising... Thumbsup

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11-07-2014, 02:49 AM
Dear Son (also, hi!)
Hi everyone.

I've been doubting about two years now (but really for much longer) and have been active at ex-christian.net under the same screen name. I've been enjoying the podcast and thought I'd check out the forum as well.

A few things about me:

- I am a PK born and raised Presbyterian/Reformed. That would be the conservative/evangelical variety, not the hip gay affirming PCUSA although I have been in those circles as well. I am pretty sure John Knox is somewhere in my ancestry.

- I have a BA in Bible & Religion which I am not using, except to exercise my critical thinking muscles. I don't hate the Bible like lots of other nonbelievers, and have actually found it even more fascinating since I've come around to non-belief. Not as God's word, but just as fascinating propaganda/pseudo-history/myth/poetry and what-have-you. I think the author(s) of Ecclesiastes was on to something, and clearly influenced by more Greek thought than most other Old Testament sources.

- I've played keys in a few bands and I am a huge fan of the band Phish and have seen them 20-something times (starting to lose count). Over the years their music has come to mean more to me than any faith or doctrine. Live improvisational music has proven to be a gateway for that intangible spiritual flow state that everyone craves in some way. That goes for listening and playing.

- I am a bleeding leftest progressive liberal and if I am not careful I will argue with libertarians to the point of nausea; however I am more knowledgeable about Biblical/theological stuff and i try not to get in too far over my head.

- I have a wonderful wife who kinda vaguely believes in 'something' but is not super religious, and a 3 year old son who is 10 shades of awesome. Awhile ago I wrote this letter for him and I think in lots of ways it sums up where I stand belief/nonbelief-wise. I think this would be as good a place as any to share it:

Quote:Dear Son,

I'm writing this to you while you are still 3 years old because I want to be ready for whenever it is time to talk about church, God and religion. You may have wondered why I don't go to church like so many of your friends/family do. The short answer is: I stopped believing in those things some time ago. I also don't believe in psychics, horoscopes, astrology, magic crystals, unicorns, and all kinds of other things that other people might believe in.

One thing I do believe very strongly, is that every person deserves the freedom and space to ask their own questions, do their own investigation to learn as much as possible about the world we live in. So my advice to you is the same: ask lots of questions. Ask your friends, your teachers, the grownups you meet in church, anyone who is willing to talk to you. Ask them about God, the Bible, or anything else. Ask politely and respectfully and most people will be happy to tell you what they think. If someone ever tries to make you feel bad for asking, just ignore them and ask someone else. Ask me or your mom - you may get different answers, and there's nothing wrong with that! If you get an answer you don't like, figure out why you don't like it and if there might be a better answer. Go online and read as much as you can about science, history, different religions all over the world - anything you get your hands on. Don't believe anything someone tells you just because they might seem smarter or more grown up than you. The grownups in your life might be allowed to tell you what to do, but they can't tell you what to think. They could be wrong! And that includes your mom and me too. Everyone is wrong about something.

We might not be able to take you Disney every summer or send you to the best college. But if there's one thing I can give you that's even better than money, it's the freedom to think for yourself! Not every kid gets this - lots of people are just told by their moms and dads what to believe, and not to ask questions. I want to promise you that I will never do this. Go to church with your friends anytime you want. If you like, I'll be happy to take you with me, and I'm sure Mom will too. We can go on church field trips together - but only if you want to! But at the end of the day, after your mom and I are gone, you are the person who will decide whether or not to go to church or believe in God or Jesus.

I care more that you are using your own brain than what end up believing in. The stuff in your brain is yours and nobody can ever take that away from you! Even though you're only 3 right now, I can tell you are going to be very smart and that you will be able to do lots of awesome things during your time here on earth. Keep putting good stuff in your brain and you'll get smarter. But no matter what happens, we love you. You can believe the weirdest thing in the world and it won't change how much we love you.

Another thing I believe in is kindness. No matter what you believe, always be kind to people around you, even if they seem weird or different. If you ever go to a church where they are unkind to outsiders, I will strongly recommend finding another one.

If I don't manage to teach you anything else, try to remember these two things at least: do you own thinking and be kind to others. The rest is up to you. I can't wait for you to be old enough to talk more about these things! And don't forget - your mom and I will always be there for you, no matter what!

Love Always,

Daddy

Looking forward to sharing more with you guys!
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11-07-2014, 04:13 AM
RE: Introduce Yourself HERE!
Hello.
My name is Jennifer. I am an Oregonian and an accounting major. I've been an atheist 14 years, after being exposed to George Carlin, Bill Hicks, and Carl Sagan.

Nice to meet all of you. Big Grin I look forward to the experience here.
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11-07-2014, 04:46 AM (This post was last modified: 11-07-2014 06:15 AM by goodwithoutgod.)
RE: Introduce Yourself HERE!
welcome doubtingnate and billhicks worshippr (jennifer). Relax, browse the podcasts, the copious amounts of threads, some are serious, most are not Consider but anyway, welcome, jump in anywhere you wish Thumbsup

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11-07-2014, 04:55 AM
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(11-07-2014 02:49 AM)doubtingnate Wrote:  Hi everyone.

I've been doubting about two years now (but really for much longer) and have been active at ex-christian.net under the same screen name. I've been enjoying the podcast and thought I'd check out the forum as well.

A few things about me:

- I am a PK born and raised Presbyterian/Reformed. That would be the conservative/evangelical variety, not the hip gay affirming PCUSA although I have been in those circles as well. I am pretty sure John Knox is somewhere in my ancestry.

- I have a BA in Bible & Religion which I am not using, except to exercise my critical thinking muscles. I don't hate the Bible like lots of other nonbelievers, and have actually found it even more fascinating since I've come around to non-belief. Not as God's word, but just as fascinating propaganda/pseudo-history/myth/poetry and what-have-you. I think the author(s) of Ecclesiastes was on to something, and clearly influenced by more Greek thought than most other Old Testament sources.

- I've played keys in a few bands and I am a huge fan of the band Phish and have seen them 20-something times (starting to lose count). Over the years their music has come to mean more to me than any faith or doctrine. Live improvisational music has proven to be a gateway for that intangible spiritual flow state that everyone craves in some way. That goes for listening and playing.

- I am a bleeding leftest progressive liberal and if I am not careful I will argue with libertarians to the point of nausea; however I am more knowledgeable about Biblical/theological stuff and i try not to get in too far over my head.

- I have a wonderful wife who kinda vaguely believes in 'something' but is not super religious, and a 3 year old son who is 10 shades of awesome. Awhile ago I wrote this letter for him and I think in lots of ways it sums up where I stand belief/nonbelief-wise. I think this would be as good a place as any to share it:

Quote:Dear Son,

I'm writing this to you while you are still 3 years old because I want to be ready for whenever it is time to talk about church, God and religion. You may have wondered why I don't go to church like so many of your friends/family do. The short answer is: I stopped believing in those things some time ago. I also don't believe in psychics, horoscopes, astrology, magic crystals, unicorns, and all kinds of other things that other people might believe in.

One thing I do believe very strongly, is that every person deserves the freedom and space to ask their own questions, do their own investigation to learn as much as possible about the world we live in. So my advice to you is the same: ask lots of questions. Ask your friends, your teachers, the grownups you meet in church, anyone who is willing to talk to you. Ask them about God, the Bible, or anything else. Ask politely and respectfully and most people will be happy to tell you what they think. If someone ever tries to make you feel bad for asking, just ignore them and ask someone else. Ask me or your mom - you may get different answers, and there's nothing wrong with that! If you get an answer you don't like, figure out why you don't like it and if there might be a better answer. Go online and read as much as you can about science, history, different religions all over the world - anything you get your hands on. Don't believe anything someone tells you just because they might seem smarter or more grown up than you. The grownups in your life might be allowed to tell you what to do, but they can't tell you what to think. They could be wrong! And that includes your mom and me too. Everyone is wrong about something.

We might not be able to take you Disney every summer or send you to the best college. But if there's one thing I can give you that's even better than money, it's the freedom to think for yourself! Not every kid gets this - lots of people are just told by their moms and dads what to believe, and not to ask questions. I want to promise you that I will never do this. Go to church with your friends anytime you want. If you like, I'll be happy to take you with me, and I'm sure Mom will too. We can go on church field trips together - but only if you want to! But at the end of the day, after your mom and I are gone, you are the person who will decide whether or not to go to church or believe in God or Jesus.

I care more that you are using your own brain than what end up believing in. The stuff in your brain is yours and nobody can ever take that away from you! Even though you're only 3 right now, I can tell you are going to be very smart and that you will be able to do lots of awesome things during your time here on earth. Keep putting good stuff in your brain and you'll get smarter. But no matter what happens, we love you. You can believe the weirdest thing in the world and it won't change how much we love you.

Another thing I believe in is kindness. No matter what you believe, always be kind to people around you, even if they seem weird or different. If you ever go to a church where they are unkind to outsiders, I will strongly recommend finding another one.

If I don't manage to teach you anything else, try to remember these two things at least: do you own thinking and be kind to others. The rest is up to you. I can't wait for you to be old enough to talk more about these things! And don't forget - your mom and I will always be there for you, no matter what!

Love Always,

Daddy

Looking forward to sharing more with you guys!

Great intro; welcome.

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11-07-2014, 04:56 AM
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(11-07-2014 04:13 AM)BillHicksWorshipper Wrote:  Hello.
My name is Jennifer. I am an Oregonian and an accounting major. I've been an atheist 14 years, after being exposed to George Carlin, Bill Hicks, and Carl Sagan.

Nice to meet all of you. Big Grin I look forward to the experience here.

Welcome to the forum.

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