I have been reading this board for about a week now , ever since i added Think Atheist to my twitter account and found all these interresting discussions going on.
So i decided to make an account for myself and perhaps start a discussion or add a reply myself.
I did feel a bit daunted though, seeing how many of you seem to be very eloquent and knowledgeable about almost everything :)
I did become an atheist because even though i was raised as a christian i've never seen so much as a shred of evidence of what is written in the bible.
And i guess the fact i love science and technology might have something to do with it :)
And even though my parents were quite relaxed in their teaching me about religion, i think it hurts my mom that i'm an atheist, in fact she told me she blamed herself for not teaching me better, i said i'm glad you did'nt.
My mothers family lives in a small town that is very religious, so i probably will never tell them i'm an atheist and just smile and nod when they bring up their religion :)
Luckily here in the netherlands about 60% of the population here could be called atheists, except in the biblebelt ofcourse (yes we have one here aswell) :)
So being an atheist here is not really a big deal thankfully.
Anyway , thats a bit about me i guess, i hope it was coherent enough seeing as english is not my native language.
I'm not sure how active i will be though (busy with all kinds of things) but it's nice to know there are more atheists around then i thought :)
I've read that only like 30% of the population doesn't believe in anything in Netherlands (poll from 2005). I don't know how accurate it actually is, but even 30% rocks. Lucky bastard! In my home country is like 1%......
Anyway, welcome to Think Atheist!
I guess it really depends on what poll you look at yup :)
i found this on wikipedia http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Irreligion_statistics_by_cou...
According to that poll its 50% to 59% but still even if it is only 30% it is indeed alot better then most other countries.
Seems we have alot of work to do still :) but we will get there im sure.
Check out this link http://www.seminars.ie/inspirational-seminars/seminar_details.php?e... this guy believes that "only four percent of teenagers will be Bible-believing Christians as adults.”
I'm not sure i'm as optimistic as this guy but it does give hope for the future of the world :)
It's nice to meet you Jerry.
Your english is fine, and I don't doubt for a second that I speak for all of us in saying you are most welcome to participate as often as you like. We'd enjoy it.
Glad to have you aboard! :]