Thinking about "coming out" as an atheist
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17-11-2012, 08:45 PM
RE: Thinking about "coming out" as an atheist
(17-11-2012 08:35 PM)ThinkingOhio Wrote:  I'm in my 40s. Married with children. Not dependent on any family. My wife's family is very religious, but she isn't. We don't go to church. Never had our boys circumcised or baptized.

My #1 consideration is my parents. They have both lost their parents and siblings within the last 5 years, and I think they get a great deal of comfort thinking there is an afterlife and those people are waiting for us to catch up to them some day. If I decide to tell them, I need to figure out a way to soften the blow so it doesn't unintentionally come out as "your belief in Heaven is bullshit."
Ok thanks for clarifying. In that case i can't give you good advice because I'm only 19. But what i can say is that my grandparents didn't take the news as badly as I thought. And they are hyper-religious. So try to be a little optimistic. You've already pointed out that you are not confrontational by stating that you don't have a burning desire for anyone to know your opinion. So I think you will be ok.

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17-11-2012, 08:57 PM
RE: Thinking about "coming out" as an atheist
I'm curious, once I let people know, how many will pull me
aside and tell me in confidence that they don't believe either? Ohmy
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17-11-2012, 09:00 PM
Thinking about "coming out" as an atheist
You may find some. Chances are better people will pull you aside and tell you they've had doubts too from time to time, but they only served to strengthen their faith so they'll pray for you that your doubts will just be a phase.

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18-11-2012, 08:41 AM
RE: Thinking about "coming out" as an atheist
(17-11-2012 08:00 PM)ThinkingOhio Wrote:  I've never really been a believer, but I also don't have a burning desire for anybody to know my opinion. I've never said anything mostly because I don't want to hurt anybody's feelings.

But I'm getting tired of hiding my e-books, podcasts, and web sites like they are some kind of atheist porn!
You don't really have to do anything except to stop hiding.

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18-11-2012, 08:57 AM
RE: Thinking about "coming out" as an atheist
G'day ThinkingOhio, remember, what ever you decide to do (for whatever reason), make sure it's what you want to do, can't take it back.

However, to be honest I have other reasons for joining in this thread.

Now, if you'll excuse me, I'll go sit in a dark corner giddily waiting for Egor to show it.

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