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05-12-2011, 11:20 AM
RE: Were you once a believer?
I was raised in a, hm, how to describe? A secular Jewish household. So, celebrated the major Jewish holidays, but more for the cultural aspect, but did not go to temple on any kind of regular basis. I was sent to Hebrew school (Sundays) as a very small child, and hated it, so my parents allowed me to stop going. While I am proud of my Jewish heritage and ethnicity, I am an atheist, and always have been. I don't sit around and question if there is a god/God, I just have no interest in whether there is one. I did send my daughter for two years of preschool at a Jewish preschool, but mostly because it was a very nurturing place where they taught kids to be thoughtful, kind, generous human beings - and it was academically wonderful, as well. My daughter is now in third grade, and on her own, decided she would not say the pledge of allegiance this year, as she found out that "under God" was added, and her teacher has been supportive of her decision.

Thankfully, my family (immediate, anyway, and especially my Mom's side, which come from a long line of secular, Socialist Jews, often involved in Jewish causes) accepts me and doesn't cause me ANY problems or give me any crap. My husband, also an atheist, but brought up a Catholic in a small community (he doesn't think he ever believed - he thought there were holes in the story - all of the stories - very early on, apparently), absolutely abhors organized religion. His family won't discuss religion with us, but are likely horrified our daughter hasn't been baptized, and that we have no interest in their religion. We "celebrate" Easter and Christmas with them only as far as a meal goes - we don't go to church, we don't decorate for anything in our house, we don't have an aura of interest in either holiday either. They don't like it, but we are not sure if they even know what they're not liking, since they have never actually asked us HOW we're raising our daughter, or what we do at home, or what we believe.

I have no guilt about not having a religion, about not believing in god/God, but I do support the rights of others to believe/practice as they want, with the exception of the practice of trying to convert people, especially Baptists attempting to convert Jews, Muslims, etc., at their places of worship during their holidays; that's just plain rude.
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09-12-2011, 10:47 AM
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Well... I feel left out.

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13-12-2011, 04:13 PM
RE: Were you once a believer?
I was a weird believer. My mother got into religion when i was 5 and of course that meant that I was religious then. So Catholic from 5-10, then I lost my faith when I lived with my father for a short time. I noticed that he never goes to church and asked him about it and he said he doesn't believe in god. I asked why and he told me that there is no proof. That got me thinking.
But I was looking for something else for a long time, I thought I need to be in a religion. Around 13 I found withchcraft and I stuck with it until 2 years ago.

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15-12-2011, 04:01 PM
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My family is pretty much non-religious, so I never had a religion to deconvert from. For me, it was more realizing that all my friends at school viewed their beliefs as reality and not just another set of fairy tales that made me decide to classify myself as an atheist.
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15-12-2011, 05:52 PM
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Technically I was a believer a long time ago. But I also believed in the Easter bunny and Santa Claus. It was about the same time that I found out that Santa and the Bunny weren't real that I started to question my parent imposed faith. I stopped praying and started talking to my dad, who was an atheist, unlike my strictly and devoutly catholic mother (Don't ask how they ever got far enough to conceive, because I honestly don't know...).

I inherited intelligence (My mother, despite her background is near genius level IQ, and my dad as well as my younger brother and myself are all standardized genius') so as soon as I was old enough to think for myself I quickly dismissed the possibility of any God as depicted by humans.

It wasn't until years later that I realized that just because the God of organized religion doesn't exist, that doesn't mean that there isn't anything out there at all. So now I believe that there's probably something out there, but I have no way of ever knowing what (if anything) it is.
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15-12-2011, 06:45 PM
RE: Were you once a believer?
(15-12-2011 04:01 PM)dreamingfifi Wrote:  My family is pretty much non-religious, so I never had a religion to deconvert from. For me, it was more realizing that all my friends at school viewed their beliefs as reality and not just another set of fairy tales that made me decide to classify myself as an atheist.

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15-12-2011, 07:03 PM
RE: Were you once a believer?
Still a christian

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Check out a scientific webpage about the origin of life,most will admit they don't have a clue how anything was made.
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15-12-2011, 07:13 PM
RE: Were you once a believer?
My parents are both christian and I was raised a devout catholic and even attempted to convert some of my friends. By 14 I started questioning religion and by 15 i was an atheist.
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15-12-2011, 07:14 PM
RE: Were you once a believer?
(15-12-2011 06:45 PM)The_observer Wrote:  
(15-12-2011 04:01 PM)dreamingfifi Wrote:  My family is pretty much non-religious, so I never had a religion to deconvert from. For me, it was more realizing that all my friends at school viewed their beliefs as reality and not just another set of fairy tales that made me decide to classify myself as an atheist.

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16-12-2011, 03:12 AM
RE: Were you once a believer?
Not sure if I ever did believe. Back when I was a kid, sure.

When I went to uni I got interested in logic and proof and stuff, and for a while I said I was a Christian, because I couldn't figure out where the flaws were in their logic - for example I was told "It's called a leap of faith, you can't understand how God exists until you believe he exists." So I duly tried to convince myself that God did exist, so that I could understand that he did exist... I guess it sounds pretty dumb...

Anyway after a short time I realised that I was kidding myself - actually I went to a talk from some idiot about how the universe proves the glory of God. His stuff was so trite and stupid that I nearly threw up. Oh his name was David Bloch if anyone's ever heard of him? Took me a bit longer to completely reject the whole lot...

What this whole experience did give me was a good understanding of how a fallacious argument can be dressed up and sold to someone, how I myself can be easily deluded as a human... all in all I don't regret it.
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