Born and raised atheist ..my parents were the ones who "converted"
But when we moved back to the united states, my Catholic grandmother made my brothers and I go to catholic school and go through all the sacraments. So I have some basic understanding of the Roman Catholic Church.
Anyway, I'm tired of feeling like an outcast..and am hoping to make some friends here. So HI! :-)
Welcome Edward! Glad to have you with us. :)
thanks nelson. love the pic. and the Russell quote. sometimes i think all Bertrand Russell ever did was write!
I know what you mean about Russell! Mountains of writing!
Welcome! Consider yourself lucky that you had the chance to grow up with some critical thinking skills. :)
It's funny but at first I did not really know any better.....but today....I really do consider myself lucky! Luckier still that my parents did not preach against relegion, they just never really mentioned that there was such a thing as religion...just answered my questions as best they could (scientifically) and let me figure out the rest.
Do you come from a religious family?
Am going to try and figure out how to friend you...:-)
You're very welcome!
That sounds wonderful. I think it's best not to label children as Christian or Muslim or atheist, just as you wouldn't label them as Republican. I come from a very moderate Christian background in the Midwest. My mom went to church "for free donuts and community" and my father was always more religious. Unfortunately, four years ago, he became a born again evangelical fundie. He's quite obsessed with Revelation and end-times prophecy. It's disgusting. At least he's an old-earth creationist, but still, as a scientifically-minded atheist it's unbearable. Even so, I've never believed, and have found much comfort with my atheism, and the people I've met!
You figured it out! Hope to see you around here often!
There is a lot of good talks and very intellectual people here from all walks of life. I'm glad I joined and you will be too!
As for me I was born into the Roman Catholic faith (Catholic grade school and high school) and received the sacraments up to confirmation.
I don't know any other Atheists (only a few wishy washy agnostics) so I understand what you mean when you say outcast.
I was forced to go to Lutheran Vacation Bible School when I was around 12. I was the star pupil, because I was the only kid in the class who could recite all the books of the Bible in order from memory. The teacher was very proud of me and awarded me a fancy certificate. If he only knew how I would go home and tell my parents how idiotic I thought were the things I was being told. They subsequently not only stopped making me go to that school, but never again brought up the subject of religion.
welcome Edward hope to see you on the chat sometimes