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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Who else is hiding?

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

How I found my way!

Started by Emily Savannah. Last reply by _Robert_ Feb 25. 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 Frink on January 15, 2009 at 12:31pm
My story is a bit long to post in the forums, but if anyone wants something decent to read, I've blogged it:
Comment by Kimbo (not Slice) on January 10, 2009 at 4:00pm
I was raised Catholic and attended Catholic school for all 12 years. I was fairly devout and became even more so in high school. I was always much more serious about Catholicism than either of my parents. Losing God was a gradual process that began after I got to college. My entire freshman year I still considered myself a good Catholic even though I stopped going to Mass every Sunday. By sophomore year I thought that most of the dogma and rituals of the Church were clearly ridiculous but I still believed in some sort of higher power. Junior year was when I actually gave some thought to the matter. I was taking a class on wars and studying the primary documents and seeing how much reference is given to God by all sides made it look so ludicrous. I started investigating my beliefs and the likelihood of God (or any gods). Looking at the evidence, it was clear that there was none and the last vestige of belief that I had was gone. It wasn't a particularly painful thing for me. I had no struggles about losing the "meaning of life" or any such matter. In that way, I guess I was lucky. Actually, being an atheist made the world that much more wondrous for me. I take greater stock on a the value of life now as an atheist than I ever did as a Catholic. We've only got one and it can't be squandered.
Comment by Luna Agimat on January 8, 2009 at 1:08am
I was baptized and raised as a Catholic. . My parents sent me to a catholic school. But I can say that they are not good catholics because they not even practicing their morals, all they do was pray and attend mass. They are not even good parents. My good friends are also christian. I am currently enrolled in a very religious college run by what they call "the dominican fathers". I'm sick and tired of forcing myself to attend masses and religious events. And no matter how I told myself "Nica, there is god, please believe.." , my mind and heart tells me that there is none. I even went to a confession last month and told our school priest that I doubt the existence of god hoping that he will give me good explanation but he says was,, "don't worry,god will forgive you..he loves pray 3 hail marys" OYG! -When I was in my elementary years, I remember arguing with my theology professors, I always ask them honest questions that they thinks is criticizing, I end up in the prefect of disciplines office when all I want is answers. What a life! I remember getting a gold medal for best in religion in grade 6! Haha! I have lived sometime in my life that I think I'm bad because of my beliefs. But now I am very open and i want to tell them that there is nothing wrong with me because I am doing things that I think is right,, without following whoevers commandments but myself.. I can practice good morals and right conduct without believing that somebody out there created me. Please help me in doing that.. How can I start? How can my family, my friends understand? So that I can comeout Thanks...
Comment by Batty on January 6, 2009 at 9:17am
I attended the same Catholic School from Kindergarten until my senior year in High School. At around the age of 11, I announced that I no longer believed in the existence of gods. I was excused from attending mass with the class and was left in the library with the Jewish kid and one glaring old nun. As the years passed, our little group grew to 15. We crafted long and well researched arguments for Religion Class ( from which we were not excused ). I passed every Religion Class with nearly the highest marks in the class, and they never proselytized or belittled my atheist beliefs. One of the elderly priests once took me aside and told me that he admired my approach, and suggested that he didn't believe a word of it either. I think I was in a unique Catholic School in regards to their tolerance of my non belief. Did anyone else in here attend a religious school and have this experience?
Comment by m0nk3y on January 3, 2009 at 11:11am
I was raised christian. At first it was good. I went with my grandma who rarely judged and was a good person. She never claimed to know where nature ended and judgment began. She didn't hate gays or other races, and gave everyone the chance to prove themselves.

It wasn't until i was a young teenager that my father became born again. He took me to several of these churches whom I realized very quickly focused on exhaustion, fear, heavy metal and d&d is evil, fear, hell, hell, hell and bullying.

I grew tired very quickly of church as a crutch, the 10 min self demeaning prayers before meals, loss of common sense cause if i pray jebus will make problems go away.. I call these churches grace-killers. They are just jebus enough to not be a cult, but just shy of brainwashing.

By then I soo missed the good old days of my youth when religion was a celebration of life and community, not fear of hell, god personally watching your every move disapprovingly and the devil everywhere.

When I got older I just stopped going. I see wonder and awe (ie spirituality for some) on a personal level as a good thing. Its the whole group thing, organized thing, that religion gets dangerous. It can soo quickly turn into us vs them. It can be used to cover up real motives, like energy wars, crappy economies, and just plain hate..

On the plus side, now that media is everywhere and growing more personal (ie video phones) every day, it will be more and more difficult for deranged psychos to do their insanity with the world watching. There is hope.
Comment by Derek on December 18, 2008 at 5:16pm
I was raised Christian and went to church every sunday until I was 14. At that time I found a way to stay home and slowly over time I had my ideas solidified that I am incapable of believe without proof. After that happened I started to see all sorts of holes with the christian faith. My actual move to atheism didn't occur until I realized that belief in a super being is harder to defend logically then belief in no deity.
Comment by SaganPlanet on December 10, 2008 at 4:24pm
its best summed up with this simple statement that made me join/turn into an atheist. "Properly read, the Bible is the most potent force for atheism ever conceived. "
Comment by Kirstin on November 28, 2008 at 9:45pm
Hey pat if you have time check out this vid. Kinda long but worth checking out.

Comment by Pat on November 28, 2008 at 9:37pm
I was raised Catholic. Went to a Catholic school for 5 years and was an alter boy. Joined the Army at 17 in 1961. I started to read history and realized how much the church was involved in some of the worst atrocities in history. Became a nonbeliever about then.
The big question was, as probably for most, If God made everything, who made God. I loved science to much to believe in the supernatural.
Comment by Teagan on November 26, 2008 at 3:13pm
oh wow Gerard that could open a whole new cans of worms... I never thought about that... This is one of the many reasons I carry my A card.


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