Coming Out Godless: What's Your Story?

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Coming Out Godless: What's Your Story?

We all come from different backgrounds & have different reasons for identifying ourselves as atheist or agnostic.

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Who else is hiding?

Started by Johnny Walker. Last reply by Kel Oct 16. 1 Reply

It was pretty much like this.

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Coming out to my catholic parents

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Being an 'out' Atheist at work.

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How committed are you to your atheism?

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Your god contradicts all I live for.

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Here I Am

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Another Brit - religion as a dangerous habit.

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How I Lost My Faith in One Month's Time

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I DON'T recommend "coming out" if you're ...

Started by Sadly 'M' iCantSay. Last reply by Patrick Earley Apr 18, 2011. 49 Replies

Where do I go from here?

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i don't think i'll be a christian much longer...

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From Bible-literalist Fundie to Outspoken Atheist

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Sharing my story for the very first time

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Losing My Religion

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Ireland deeply religous?... nope... hi, i'm Atheist.

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My Story

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Comment by Angela Gorman on March 30, 2011 at 3:34am
I told this story early on when I joined this group but I will tell it again. I was brought up as a strict roman catholic, lived across the road from the church, parents and extended family very involved, two cousins who were priests, another a nun. Dare not miss mass on Sundays, no meat on Fridays.. all the old bunkam! Married, had children, encouraged them to think for themselves. Became a nurse, worked in Neonatal ICU from 1986 which co-incided with our two oldest children developing quite radical views. Our daughter wrote an essay on prayer for her school.. it read "I don;t pray any more, it's a waste of time. People only pray when they want sopmething and as everything in my life is finer, I'll leave God's time for those who need it." Needless to say the comments were longer than the essay! We were personally invited to the school by Sr Andrew, our son's RE teacher, who said to me, "Paul has a bit of a downer on the Vatican doesn't he?" When I asked what she meant, she said "He thinks the pope should seel all the valuables in the Vatican and feed the poor!" She looked stunned when I said "To be honest Sister, I don't have a problem with that!" As time went on and their views developed, (bringing our youngest son with them willingly) I found myself increasingly agreeing with them and the longer I nursed critically sick babies, I told myself that there cannot be anyone up there. I finally decided that if there was anyone up there who could have any influence on what had happened to these precious little human beings then I could not believe in him/her. If there wasn't anyone then it was down to bad luck. Finally I decided on the latter, believing that I had been very lucky to have had 3 healthy children and these parents had been incredibly unlucky to have had babies with so many problems. My work in Africa over the past 5+yrs has only confirmed this belief. I don't understand how they accept death as God's will, even when it is unnecessary, wives, mothers, sisters dying in pregnancy and childbirth. I never make a thing about my beliefs, but I am regularaly asked when visiting "Angela where do you worship?" I tell them, "I will tell you the truth but you will not like what I have to say." They can't compute what I say, you can see it in their eyes! In Liberia, I visited an MSF children's hospital, the front part was a tent. Sick babies and children were being cared  for in the most challenging environment I have ever seen. It was terrible, the staff were doing their very best in the worst possible circumstances. In the main hospital, there were 3 children to a bed. Babies were cared for on shelves. Next door to the hospital, was a church.. seemed to have been fairly newly built. It was in pristine condition. As I stood and looked at the two buildings, I cried. As much as I do not believe in a god, I couldn't help but think that if there is one up there, he/she would not want what I was seeing. What is that quote from the bible about anyone harming a child being cast somewhere.. into the fires of hell or something like that? Hell will be very full of clerics!!   
Comment by Joe Lofty on March 28, 2011 at 1:21pm
I was born into a Seventh Day Adventist household, in the "bible-belt" of the southern United States. As a child I was very faithful. When I was about ten, I think, I got the idea to ask "How do you guys know what you're saying is true?" Like a good child, I sat and listened to my parents and elders in the church try to teach me what faith was. To put the end result plainly, it didn't make a bit of sense to me. I slowly grew away from it simply because "taking it on faith", a concept foreign to me, was just that. Foreign. I decided to brand myself an atheis recently, however, after about seven years away from church.
Comment by Alayna on March 14, 2011 at 10:42pm
Brought up Catholic.  Left the church and christanity years ago.  6 years ago, found my life changing event...witchcraft, which lead me to the Goddess, and a whole bunch of Gods and other Goddesses...seriously ppl???  Now...I'm here..and things are getting clearer.
Comment by Aliqsandre Suguitan on February 19, 2011 at 7:26pm

I am an ex-everything. - Tried them all. I do not vehemently say "There is no God!".  All I say is "Prove it".

I consider myself fortunate to be in a place where I can be an atheist. In places where religion runs the government, a person cannot be of any other religion or say he does not believe in God, or Allah.

If you are in such a place, try to inform you friends (secretly of course) the befits of freedom, in places where the government is separate from religion. When you are numerous enough, rise, free yourself from the shackles of religious oppression, and breath the free air of democracy. But not before.  If the religious government and its minions find out that you no longer believe, you will be put to death. 

If you are not brave enough to be a hero, but cannot stand the stench of oppressive religion any longer, come on over. Here, you can be an atheist, unless you do not want to - without fear of being put to death.

Comment by Aliqsandre Suguitan on February 19, 2011 at 6:50pm

Religion is the greatest bane of man. To the believer, it gives him the right to oppress non believers and deprive them of life, liberty and property. Think Joan of Arc, Spanish Inquisition, Salem witch dunkings, Ireland, and the Islamic conquests from Moorish Spain. to Morocco, to Persia, to India, and parts of China and Moro Philippines and all lands in between, where Islam was spread by the sword.

If you are in a place where you can be an atheist, consider yourself fortunate. Where Islam is the religion, the government imposes the law of Sharia. There, you cannot openly claim your atheism, nor be of any other religion. - You will be put to death. In places where Islam is more tolerant, they may allow you to be atheist or practice non-Islamic religion - on the condition that you pay the humiliating tax of non-Muslims, half of all your income.

All religions are oppressive. Islam is the worst of all.

Aren't you glad you are in a place where you can be an atheist?

Comment by Epochonaut on February 19, 2011 at 2:54pm

I was a Jehovah's Witness and genuinely believed that Armageddon could come any day. There wasn't really any one particular day that I decided not to be a JW any more. Once I moved out on my own and began to rub shoulders with non-believers more often, I began to have doubts about my faith. For a while I took Pascals wager but it didn't take long for me to see the flaws in that idea too. Gradually I realized that I just didn't believe any more.

 

For a while I didn't really care about religion one way or the other. It was people like Christopher Hitchens and Sam Harris that turned me from an apathetic atheist into an anti-theist.

Comment by Lissa Newbould-Ortiz on February 8, 2011 at 9:28am

I grew up in your stereotypical Protestant Christian North American home. My dad wasn't around but my mom was a fundie all her life. I started to rebel when I was a teenager but after turning from Christianity I went onto Wicca, Buddhism, etc. Then I was just spiritual for a while. I found this book by Christopher Hitchens called God is not Great. After I read it I walked out onto my balcony, looked up at the stars and thought, "There's nothing there." I realized there was no God and if there was I certainly would never worship a cruel entity like that.

 

Comment by deepthought42 on February 2, 2011 at 11:35am
Forgive the expression, Anachro!, but "Amen!" Or, as the FSM would say: "Ra-men!" ;)
Comment by Noah Cameron on January 9, 2011 at 5:21pm
Reality is better than Faith.
Comment by Alana on December 13, 2010 at 2:04pm

My mother is Catholic, and I was raised as one throughout my entire youth. I attended mass faithfully with her and went to Sunday school until I was confirmed. I internalized everything I was taught and strove to live my young life in the christian way. My father on the other hand, is Agnostic, and it wasn't until I completed my Catholic schooling that I was allowed to hear his thoughts and beliefs on the matter. I was then, at the age of 13, given the choice by my parents whether I wanted to continue my Catholic life, or choose a different path (a choice I now realize so few others are given, unfortunately). I chose to follow my father's ideas, and became an agnostic, and it wasn't long before I evolved into a proud Atheist. I credit my parents' decision to allow me to choose for myself as leading me to this point in my life, and I personally believe that true freedom of thought, allowed early in life, can only lead to Atheism. I only just joined "Think Atheist" but already I love it. I have been so inspired by reading all of these stories and it is so helpful knowing there are others who live and "non-believe" as I do, when so many of those I am close to judge and dismiss my thoughts. Thank you!

 

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Who else is hiding?

Started by Johnny Walker. Last reply by Kel Oct 16. 1 Reply

It was pretty much like this.

Started by Lewal. Last reply by Lewal Feb 26, 2013. 2 Replies

Coming out to my catholic parents

Started by Colleen. Last reply by Colleen Feb 20, 2013. 18 Replies

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