Coming Out Godless: What's Your Story?


Coming Out Godless: What's Your Story?

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

Whatever your story is, we'd like to hear it. Please share & encourage others who are considering "coming out"!

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As Diminished as any Good Christian

Started by Lucid. Last reply by Lucid Sep 8, 2015. 3 Replies

Who else is hiding?

Started by Johnny Walker. Last reply by AlexOfCeaser Mar 14, 2015. 2 Replies

BOOK: 101 Ordinary People Who Left God

Started by Charles Rentz Feb 26, 2015. 0 Replies

How I found my way!

Started by Emily Savannah. Last reply by _Robert_ Feb 25, 2015. 1 Reply

Coming out to my catholic parents

Started by Colleen. Last reply by Roberta Upton Cross Oct 29, 2014. 19 Replies

From Catholic to Mormon to Atheist

Started by Tom Smith Aug 20, 2014. 0 Replies

It was pretty much like this.

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

Being an 'out' Atheist at work.

Started by Zombie Atheist. Last reply by Jens Schwaiger Oct 10, 2012. 6 Replies

How committed are you to your atheism?

Started by Anachro1. Last reply by Ken Hughes Mar 1, 2012. 29 Replies

Your god contradicts all I live for.

Started by Sebastian Torren G.. Last reply by Suzanne Olson-Hyde Oct 12, 2011. 2 Replies

Here I Am

Started by Kat Humble. Last reply by Kat Humble Sep 20, 2011. 4 Replies

Another Brit - religion as a dangerous habit.

Started by Helen Pluckrose. Last reply by Steve Sep 4, 2011. 3 Replies

How I Lost My Faith in One Month's Time

Started by Kim. Last reply by Jack Frost May 30, 2011. 28 Replies

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?

Started by Kevin Marks. Last reply by LovelyGirl Apr 10, 2011. 3 Replies

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

Started by S.S.. Last reply by MikeTheInfidel Mar 27, 2011. 15 Replies

From Bible-literalist Fundie to Outspoken Atheist

Started by MikeTheInfidel. Last reply by MikeTheInfidel Mar 27, 2011. 3 Replies

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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!

Comment by Angela Gorman on December 12, 2010 at 8:34am

I was born into a roman catholic family and believed all the hokus pokus, threats and fears which that church now abuses people's minds and hearts with. I have now been reborn and am enlightened in that I now believe that we are born, we grow up, eventually die and that is it. The fact that we get through birth and life intact is totally down to luck.. some of which we create ourselves. Other factors such as where we are born is crucial and down to luck. In the developing world, many of us would already be dead because of poverty which is not self-created. We live on in our children and create the perceived view of hell or heaven for ourselves and those around us here on earth. I now recognise that the atheists around me are some of the most level-headed people I know and I think it is because of living selflessly in the here and now, without fear of hell fair and damnation.    

Comment by Nathan Hevenstone on December 6, 2010 at 10:25pm
I believe in reality.
Comment by CJoe on December 6, 2010 at 9:51pm
In order to be atheist, you cannot believe there is a god or gods... by definition of the word. It's not a club a person tries to get into or out of. If you don't believe there are gods, you are atheist... even if you choose to forgo the title.

Atheists don't believe there are gods. They are not making a definitive statement about the possibility, however. They do not state "there is not god" but simply that they do not believe there is. No more than you believe there are unicorns. Could there be? I suppose. Is it likely? No. We have not been convinced there is a reason to believe so we don't. It's very simple.
Comment by Aliqsandre Suguitan on December 6, 2010 at 8:02pm
So Atheists do not have to believe that there is no God either.

Or do they have to believe there is no such thing as God?
Comment by CJoe on December 6, 2010 at 6:14pm
Ali, have you read any content on the site? Just curious. Your question can be answered in many, many ways.

For starters, atheists do not believe "in" anything. Atheists are all different, so there is no one unifying "belief". The only thing any of us definitely have in common is a lack of belief that there are gods. We all have different values; each of us has chosen our own purpose. If we are passionate about a specific cause, we become activists (LGBT rights, women's rights, civil rights, environmental protection, etc) and what drives us is, generally, betterment of the world. Some atheist, however, just like to float along and enjoy the ride; enjoy what this life and this planet have to offer while they're here.

Your question can only be answered by each individual atheist, because our values and priorities are all different.
Comment by Aliqsandre Suguitan on December 6, 2010 at 5:46pm
Atheists do not believe in God.

What do they believe in, anyways?
Comment by Angela Gorman on November 5, 2010 at 7:48pm
This site is incredibly therapeutic.. I learned when I came out godless, that there is such a value in writing things down, then tearing it up or even better.. put it through a shredder, (no internet in 1986)! It can be painful at times and the more you write, the more you remember about the lunacy of what we were told and how much we feared it all.. eventually it is worth it. It is like a huge weight being lifted off your shoulders and my coming out led to my brother revealing to me that 40yrs before, the parish priest had been abusing him. For me, the questions from some of my believing relatives are easier to answer than the questions were to myself about why I still believed. My life is so simple now and I just try to make life better for other people... changing others by example and showing everyone that we can lead extremely fulfilling lives without the weight of hell fire and damnation sitting on our shoulders. Religion instills fear which sadly manifests itself in the sort of insecurity which you felt Elizabeth. Every day, life will get better and better.
Comment by Elizabeth Peart on November 5, 2010 at 3:19pm
@James: Thank you! Yes, I have a nasty habit of believing that I can't do something for myself or that I'm useless/too weak/stupid/insignificant to do whatever it is I'm trying to do, and so I think this may have had something to do with my clinging to religious belief for so long. It was little better than an emotional crutch, and I've probably achieved more for myself, and made myself a better person by waking up to reality.

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