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21-12-2013, 01:17 AM (This post was last modified: 21-12-2013 01:21 AM by Foxen.)
RE: Questions for the Masses
1) Did you grow up in a religious home?
Yes
a) Would you describe it as lax, moderate, fundamentalist?
Lax
b) Care to share your particular religious tradition?
I was raised in the Roman Catholic tradition
c) How often did your family attend religious services?
Only when I was younger, then we stopped going one day.
d) Was the faith a regular part of home conversation/life?
Other than bedtime prayers, not really
e) How "sheltered" were you in regards to this community? Were there non-believers in your day to day life or were you surrounded by believers ALL the time?
I never really paid much attention to others beliefs or lack thereof as I grew up

If your faith has changed:
3) When did you start questioning the religion?
My first year of college.
a) Did a particular event or string of events trigger the change?
I discovered Robert Green Ingersoll
b) How easy was believing for you? Did you notice a change as you got older?
I never really put much thought into it as I grew up.
c) Did you dabble in other faith traditions as you were transitioning out of your "original" religious community?
Yes
- If so, how many faiths did you actually practice? Care to share what they were?
Pentacostal Christianity, Wicca, spiritual paganism

4) Did/do you utilize a local community that shares your current beliefs? Atheist, Unitarian Universalists, Humanist, etc.
When I was a fundamentalist Pentacostal in high school, yes. As far as paganism was concerned, I was solitary. Other than posting on atheist forums, I do not go out of my way to find atheists to associate with in real life.
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21-12-2013, 01:19 AM
RE: Questions for the Masses
1.) Did you grow up in a religious home?

Yes.

a) Would you describe it as lax, moderate, fundamentalist?

Lax.

b) Creationism.

c) How often did your family attend religious services?

Not too often, my parents didn't make me but I had to go to a christian school.

d) No.

e) How "sheltered" were you in regards to this community? Were there non-believers in your day to day life or were you surrounded by believers ALL the time?

I did avoid the believers as much as possible, but being at a school for it kind of negates that prospect 5 days a week.

2) Did you find your religion on your own (not indoctrinated by family)?

Only because the only school I could go to was a christian school.

b) Are you still in that faith?

No. I was never in it entirely, but now I am OUT of it as much as possible.

3) When did you start questioning the religion?

From a year into the school, I rejected it at the age of 6. I already disagreed with the idea of a God.

a) Did a particular event or string of events trigger the change?

Yes. A teacher said, " God is real because he is real" and anyone at any age of understanding knows that is not a reason.

b) How easy was believing for you? Did you notice a change as you got older?

Never was. The only change I noticed is how much I ended up disagreeing with it.

c) Did you dabble in other faith traditions as you were transitioning out of your "original" religious community?

I researched and went to multiple different religious services and never beleived any of it.

4) Did/do you utilize a local community that shares your current beliefs? Atheist, Unitarian Universalists, Humanist, etc.

Yes, I retreated quite quickly to friends and like minded meetings for atheists.

"How can one be an atheist if he is constantly praying for redemption"
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