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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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 Chris Britton on February 25, 2009 at 11:26pm
A lot of crap happened to me in my life. Not a bad home environment or anything like that. (I had a very good home life actually, I'm very appreciative) But my life outside of my home, mainly my school life. From the beginning of school i was never really noticed as a person and no one paid attention to me. I wasn't picked on or anything, just never ever talked to by anyone. This trend lasted until about highschool 10th and 11th grade. It was around then that i eventually started to get thoughts of, 'well IF god is real, hes never noticed me and fuck him.' Soon, i started hearing all the disputers and such, and when i finally started looking at the evidence, with god no longer a fear in my life, i realized that i had broken the dependence i once had on god. However, this wasn't until recently. It took some time to really be able to say "I know that there is no god". My life has since got a lot better in my point of view. I am way less depressed about things, and have started focusing more on my studies. Now that the universe isn't repressed by god anymore, the possibilities are endless! =P
Comment by Roxy641 on February 16, 2009 at 4:55pm
I don't think there is one moment where I've "come out" as Atheist, although I do in small ways perhaps.

My parents "attempted" to raise me a Catholic (but I never believed in their god, or any other one for that matter), but I am pleased to say they have failed.

Why did they fail? Well, none of it made sense. I attended church every Sunday (at the time I thought my parents were quite religious, but now when I've heard so many horror stories, they don't seem that religious). If there was a film of my life they would be two versions, one where you could hear what the priest was saying and the other would be how it sound to me "...Blah, blah, blah, holy ghost, blah, blah, blah, god..." I think you get the picture now.

I wasn't very active until Richard Dawkins did the Xmas Lecture in December 1991, I was at home from college holidays, and when I went back to Birmingham I immediately brought his book "The Selfish Gene". Not only did the book appeal to me on a science level, but was pleased that Mr Dawkins didn't mind informing people that he was an Atheist.

When I was searching for internet websites on Atheism I discovered the Atheist Network radio station. Still to this day I don't know why we aren't at that level.
Comment by Rev. Tom Hicks, D.D. on February 6, 2009 at 6:22am
http://www.thinkatheist.com/profiles/blogs/so-im-godless
Comment by Jaco on February 5, 2009 at 1:52am
I was brought up a protestant christain, always tried do do my part and playd in a church band...ect.ect. But the more i became involved the more it started to think that it is all just major BS. So i started looking for God but he was nowhere to be found and just one day I decided (whith a bit of help from Metal) to call it quits. Still would like for God, Santa, Fairies, Unicorns and Valhalla to be true though...But reality is always better than fantasy.
Comment by entropy on February 2, 2009 at 10:37pm
I was brought up Hindu, but it was never really forced upon me; fortunately, my parents understood my skepticism and allowed me to choose my own path. However, while in high school, many of my Christian friends didn't share my parent's laissez-faire attitude, it seemed that one person or another was constantly trying to "save" me. I did humor them once, I attended church for a while, and even studied some of their fairy tales during bible study sessions. I found it all very amusing at first, then deeply disturbing - how could so many otherwise intelligent people be swept up in the same delusions?

Anyhow, it seems that I just wasn't built for faith, I can't remember a time even in my early childhood that I wasn't skeptical of religion's ricockulous claims. But I did believe in Santa Claus, go figure!?

The burden of proof lies with those that assert the existence of a god, not the other way around. To my knowledge, no credible evidence has ever been put forth.
Comment by Laura on February 1, 2009 at 11:47pm
Long story short: My parents don't feel strongly about faith at all, so I wasn't raised by them to be religious, although I did attend CCD growing up. My aunt, however, is a fundie, and she also practically raised, so for a point in my life I was ready to accept Jesus Christ as my lord and savior. But then I found out he's imaginary =).
Comment by Pam on February 1, 2009 at 10:21am
My story is another long one, and in a blog post.

http://www.thinkatheist.com/profiles/blogs/the-fallout

Hope it's entertaining for a few minutes anyway. :)
Comment by Pixy Giggles on January 23, 2009 at 8:02am
My story turned out quite a bit longer than I intended; so I published it as a blog: http://www.thinkatheist.com/profiles/blogs/my-story
I think more than anything I just needed to write it all down and get it off my chest, lol. Comments are welcomed!
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: http://www.thinkatheist.com/profiles/blogs/how-it-went-down
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.
 

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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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