Does anyone else feel like their natural curiousity for the world around them, fascination in the sciences etc was squashed by a belief in god? I've noticed how much more interested I am in sciences that used to bore me now that I'm deconverted. What is it about belief in god that does that to us?
In my case, I've always been interested in science, even when I was a believer, but I do know what you are talking about. Curiosity is often discouraged, with the general impression being given that asking questions (particularly questions about the religion's beliefs) is sinful.
I really enjoy science, now, a lot more, too. I'm not so sure that it is belief in god, necessarily, that deterred me from science; but more the actual teachings of the Bible because girls just weren't encouraged into the sciences as much as boys were at my high school. I consider this a direct result of the teachings from the Bible that women are subservient to men. My freshman biology teacher was the worst of all of my science teachers with this type of attitude. Needless to say, I don't even remember evolution ever being discussed in his class, lol.
I've always enjoyed science, but now I don't need to be bothered with pseudo-science (the great flood, existence of Christ and his family, etc.). I now have more cycles free to explore truth. Congrats on your "conversion"!
I think so. When you have faith, you are scared of finding anything to counter it or make you doubt your faith. I de-converted pretty young, but I can remember hating science class in 8th grade, because it made it hard to keep my faith in God. I was pretty much an atheist by the time I got into high school (or at least on the road to it), and I remember my interest in science growing when I stopped identifying myself as a christian.
Thanks guys for your replies. Let me add my own two cents on the question I asked. I think that a belief in God squashes our curiosity for the world around us because there is much less to wonder about when you think you already know how "it" was made or why something is the way that it is. ...the answer for the faithful is always going to be God. Believers think instead about what a marvelous creator he is..."oh how God's glory is displayed so beautifully in the colors of that tropical fish!"
Who needs science when you can have a "god of the gaps" to fill in the gaps of information? The more curious you get, the more likely you are to question the belief in a god. In my case, curiousity didn't kill this cat--it made the cat an Atheist, and that's exactly how I like it. :)
Science is all about uncertainty -- faith is all about certainty.
I was always a light to moderate believer. I accepted evolution but believed that it could still be inspired or guided by a prime mover. Then, while in a totally unrelated adult Sunday School class, some pin-head went off on a rant about "the argument from design" and mentioned Paley's watchmaker. It was such a blunt attack against reason that I was moved to read Stephen Gould's "Wonderful Life" and "Full House". Even though he left some wiggle room with non-overlapping magisteria, I could see the impact of the directionless trajectory of natural selection.
I was still setting on the fence until I read "The Selfish Gene" and then "Darwin's Dangerous Idea". It finally sunk in that any belief in the supernatural destroyed understanding of the natural.
The belief in god or any aspect of the supernatural will always, ceaselessly and without fail lead the believer to a solid, curiously certain, persistently corrosive logical fallacy. These supernatural detours always come to a dead end. The dead ends exist to support certainty.
Science will always lead to fallacy as well but the fallacies of science are never dead-ends. Subsequent examination of new data falsifies the theory built around the old data but results in a new, superior theory (pending its falsification and on and on). Science lives happily with uncertainty -- faith does not. Faith is an infinite regress from uncertainty and truth.