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.

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

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How to tell your Religious Parents you are Atheist

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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

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

A part of my story!

Started by Wen Vides Feb 20, 2012. 0 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

Sharing my story for the very first time

Started by Ingrid S. Last reply by Ingrid S Mar 27, 2011. 2 Replies

Losing My Religion

Started by Wesafc. Last reply by Wesafc Mar 22, 2011. 2 Replies

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

Started by Gavin Mills. Last reply by Ken Hughes Mar 21, 2011. 4 Replies

My Story

Started by Jessica Cox. Last reply by Jessica Cox Mar 20, 2011. 2 Replies

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Comment by athnam on November 2, 2008 at 10:36pm
I was about 3 or 4 years old the first time my mom took me to church with her. I was totally confused: the people I trusted to be sensible and wise believed in something like Santa Claus. I knew Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny weren't real, so how come they didn't know god wasn't real??? But not just them, there was a whole church full of adults professing this juvenile faith!

As I grew up, I just kept my mouth shut. I'd seen people's reactions enough times to different faiths, let alone NO faith to know not to say anything. As a teacher, I had a parent request equal time when I was reading Harry Potter to my class.(He was a preacher with his own church.) I felt like telling him he ought to be ashamed equating his bible with a children's fantasy book, but I kept my mouth shut, as usual. I still do. I want to keep my job.
Comment by Atheist Ninja on October 29, 2008 at 10:52pm
My family wasn't extremely religious, but we did go to church every Sunday. I went to Sunday school, and attended a kids Bible study group with a home schoolers group. I think I was about 13 years old when I realized I didn't believe in God. To tell the truth there wasn't any single event that tipped me over. I suppose I realized that praying didn't do anything, and that Bible stories were ridiculous. Eventually I asked my parents why they believed in God, and they didn't have very good answers. My father said that I'll understand someday when something big in my life happens, and my mother and stepfather didn't seem to mind. My sister isn't very religious either, but she believes in the spiritual, and mystical much more than I do. I live in a very liberal area, so it isn't considered all that radical. Most of my friends are atheist, or at least non-theist.
Comment by Kate on October 29, 2008 at 3:15pm
Yeah i was going to ask the same thing. Well about your family. I am a new atheist myself but I have yet to tell my parents. How is your relationship now with them? I am still bouncing off the walls figuring what to do. I mean like I have said b4... Just wait till i get married haha... but I would love to hear yours.
Comment by Morgan Matthew on October 29, 2008 at 3:11pm
"It's like saying something completely out of context in the social world and having everyone stop and look at you with their heads cocked over in complete confusion. Very frustrating."

I could not agree more Golda. Really great story. Once again thanks for joining T|A.

BTW how is your relationship now with your family?
Comment by Morgan Matthew on September 4, 2008 at 1:53am
Benji, Great story! Think Atheist Does give you your own blog posting abilities that gets posted directly to the main page for everyone to view! I look forward to hearing more from you in the near future. I am glad you found the site.
Comment by Benji on September 4, 2008 at 1:19am
I've been coming out for years. The closet first -- that was somewhat less difficult. But once I started telling people that, not only did I not believe in 'their' god, but I believed in NO god... things got interesting. Apparently, if I were worshiping A God they could at least assume that God could be changed into THEIR God. But once I told them I didn't believe in any of them, I was in the Crazy Box. (My personal term for the place you go when every one ELSE is nuts but they think YOUR ideology is wrong.) Even my father, who I love and is very intelligent, said this when I told him: "No, I can understand what your issue is with religion. I mean, they treated gay people like they were horse-shit. It's not right, and we know that now. But that's no reason to be angry with God."

Angry with God. That's when I realized *just* how different this is from anything on the planet. Everyone seems to believe in God, even those who've explored other religions. They still return to the western God (when they're from a Western Society.)

When I tried to explain to him that I wasn't *ANGRY* with 'God' but, rather, believed 'Him' not to exist, he became incredibly confused. "You'll have to explain that to me sometime soon," he said.

My father pushed away organized religion about the same time that Bush Jr. became president. But he still believes in a personal God.

As per others in my family, my mother believes in a personal God without dogma, and three of my five living brothers believe in the Einsteinian God, which is basically Science and Nature.

I guess that's my story .. it's just odd what's happened most recently. I'll save that for a blog. ;)
 

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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

Being an 'out' Atheist at work.

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

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