Thinking freely or freely thinking?
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01-06-2012, 11:23 PM
Thinking freely or freely thinking?
I must say, it's definitely a pleasure to be here amongst so many like-minded individuals.

I'm Jack, a citizen of Canada's west coast. I've lived here most of my life and I must admit, I couldn't be prouder of where I hail from. I'm 24 years old, in the process of enrolling in college for creative writing, and last, but not least, I'm an atheist. Unlike a lot of you, from what I have been able to see from lurking around here and reading some topics, I had no sudden realization that religion didn't quite add up. I've never believed in the existence of any kind of god. I didn't know what the difference between atheism and religion was when I was a wee lad, but I definitely recall being of no faith. Unless you call my irrefutable belief in science and rational thought as being "faith," that is.

Some of my earliest memories involve me bowing my head in prayer not because I believed in god, but because I believed I would be looked down on if I didn't at least appear to be conforming. Prayer had always scared me. I would look at those around me, their eyes closed and talking to themselves, and I had no idea what the hell was going on. Then there was the occasional one who rocked back and forth in his or her chair, making the entire experience all the more frightening. Was this person going to freak out and stab me?

The topic of religion has not bothered me much until recently when I actually started to read the news and listen to what other people had to say about such matters. I'm no Vulcan, but even I could see that logic was being torn and discarded all over the world. I have strong opinions on the subject, and I will keep those to myself, but I'm happy to be here.

I hope to see you all around!
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02-06-2012, 05:42 PM
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Welcome fellow western Canadian!

I'm also like you in that I was never really a Christian. The religion I experienced was brought on by me however. I was curious so I went in search of answers and instead found the same creepy behavior and walls of questions. No one seemed comfortable answering my questions so I stopped asking the people who claimed to have all the answers.

I found that those who were claiming knowledge rarely had any. I didn't have much internet back when I was a kid, it was still new and we still had Napster for free. Lots of porn still though.... I spent a lot of time a the library, remember those things... Learned a lot on my own and continue to do so.

"I think of myself as an intelligent, sensitive human being with the soul of a clown which always forces me to blow it at the most important moments." -Jim Morrison
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02-06-2012, 06:05 PM
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Glad to have you here, Jack. Thumbsup

It was just a fucking apple man, we're sorry okay? Please stop the madness Laugh out load
~Izel
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04-06-2012, 05:52 PM
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Thank you for the replies! I'd be interested in learning more about this "free thinking" concept. Any ideas where I could begin my search for the truth?
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04-06-2012, 06:01 PM
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Depends on what truth you are looking for.

There are many sites dedicated to refuting the bible and questioning the supposed morality it sells...
Start here.
http://wiki.ironchariots.org/index.php?title=Main_Page



If it's something else let us know. Like if you're wondering the difference between the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles from the cartoon show and the old school Eastman & Laird version....

"I think of myself as an intelligent, sensitive human being with the soul of a clown which always forces me to blow it at the most important moments." -Jim Morrison
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04-06-2012, 07:21 PM
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Finding knowledge is far easier than finding truth Smile

Give me your argument in the form of a published paper, and then we can start to talk.
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