I too am new here. I found out today that after 15 years of friendship, my BFF has decided that my atheism is just too much for her. In the past week I have lost more friends than I care to count. (I think it has to do with how vocal I can be about my atheism, especially in light of the non-rapture). My sisters are no longer speaking to me and my mother is "very disappointed" with me and countless other family members "no longer understand me". The funny thing is, I have been an atheist for 10 years.
The only difference between me then and me now, is that I have a thirst for knowledge like never before. I not only want to learn as much as I possibly can because it suddenly interests me, but because I think it is important to know what others believe and why I don't believe it. I critique Christians (and other religious believers) for not knowing the beliefs they hold onto so stubbornly. I mean, if you're going to say you believe in something, and devote your life to living a certain way, shouldn't you understand exactly what it is you claim to believe?
In my quest for knowledge, I have found that the most joy is when I can share what I have learned with others. The problem with that though is that 90% of my friends are Christian, and have no desire to listen to or rejoice in what I have learned. It makes for a very lonely road sometimes.
Anyway, I tend to be long winded, super silly at times, overly sarcastic and stubborn to a fault. I'm simply looking for others who share my views, and discussions with those who don't. I'm tired of feeling like the only one who enjoys intellectual conversations and intense debates. I'm sure there are others out there like me, and so I have joined this site (along with a few others) in the hopes of learning more about everything, and making friends along the way.
--Autumn (in jeans)