Hi everyone! I am new to Think Atheist, and just taking the time to get a feel for the site! I'm not sure what to say about myself, but I'll try to give a little introduction.
I am a 27 year old office administrator with a nearly-complete Bachelor of Arts degree, with a Major in English and Minor in Sociology. I have only recently began calling myself an atheist. I do not have a religious background, and don't remember ever having any faith in any type of religion. I grew up in Newfoundland, Canada, and currently live in Alberta, therefore Christianity is the religion I am most familiar with. In the past I didn't care much about religion and just tried to live my life as if it doesn't exist, but within the last year or so I have been feeling very much AGAINST religion. Reading books by people such as Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens and Daniel Dennett, and watching them in debates and discussions has made me realize that it is ok to say I am an atheist, and that there are others who feel the same as I do.
My new-found interest in atheism has also piqued my interest in science and evolution, and I love learning about how life has evolved. One of my favorite books is Richard Dawkins' The Greatest Show on Earth.
I am not sure what else to say about myself, but if anyone would like to chat I am pretty much an open book! I am very happy to have found this website, and I am excited to start blogging and participating in discussions!
hello,,,,,, i am new member here
Thanks for the welcome!
I am fortunate enough to not often find myself surrounded by people or situations that deal with religious matters (directly, as way too much of our society today is indirectly based on religion), so I cannot say I have a lot of experience with religion in either province. The only difference I can really see is diversity. In Newfoundland, there is very little ethnic diversity, so the majority of people consider themselves Christian (I say consider, because many use it as a label because their parents or grandparents are Christian, but they do not in fact practice the religion). It wasn't until I ventured to Alberta that I was exposed to a variety of religions and ethnicities. I had learned about different religions in school, but that was as far as it went.
Here in Fort McMurray, there are Christians, Muslims, Hindus, Buddists, Sikhs, etc. There are many different churches, schools, organizations, etc., based on different religions. One good thing I have noticed is that, for a community with so much diversity, people tend to be very accepting and respectful of others, despite their differing religious beliefs. It is not uncommon for children and adults to have friends of various backgrounds and beliefs, and for the most part it seems to work quite fine. The community has a multicultural society, and holds many activities and functions that invite everyone to get together and learn about their neighbors' customs and lifestyles. Outdoor fairs and events always include entertainment, food and activites from many different cultures, and people generally tend to enjoy and embrace the immense diversity (especially children, as one would expect).
In my hometown of Grand Falls Windsor, Newfoundland, our community was divided amongst Christian denominations. We had a catholic school system, a protestant school system, and a pentecostal school system (as well as churches). For a community based on one religion, there sure was a lot of segregation, especially within the school systems. The catholic and protestant schools were always "against" one another, and there was often a lot of arguing and fighting amongst children from different schools (especially with the town had one bussing system for both). The pentecostal school systems was separate entirely, and oftentimes you grew up down the street from someone you didn't even know simply because they were pentecostal and you were catholic. Though this mostly seemed to happen amongst the children and teenagers, it was learned from the parents, who held these views and expressed them to their children.
I am not sure if I went off on a tangent here or not, to be honest I never realized these differences until I started writing this...and it's really got me thinking! I guess I should thank you for your question!
So Jeffrey if you do not mind me asking, where are you from and currently living, and how is the religious situation there?
I'm new here myself, I'm enjoying hearing everyones experiences so far in different societies and cultures so thanks for sharing. I saw your follow up response, and you mentioned that your city had several cultures that inter mingled, how large is that town?
My state, Texas is pretty diverse as well, in the cities at least. Towns with 800 are exactly like you would imagine them to be, but Houston and Dallas are incredibly diverse with all cultures from around the world it's pretty incredible. They don't mingle as much as your town but that would be great to see them start moving that way.
Thanks for sharing!