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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Comment by Gaytor on March 26, 2009 at 3:36am
My mother was raised Catholic. Her brother died in an accident at 19 and the Priest wouldn't give last rights in the hospital because he didn't tithe. My Mom lost the taste for religion but still sent me to a Baptist Church. After a few months we came upon Easter. When I was told the Christ rose from the dead, I knew the taste of death and that my loved ones didn't come back three days later. I called Shenanigans on the Sunday School teacher. The result was my nose in a corner and me having had enough of the BS in less than a year. I don't recall "coming out" maybe because I was so young. I do remember older people being terrified if it came up. I talk people that I wasn't a believer so early on that i do not even recall the first time. Just the original impetus.
If God's love leads me to embarrassment and having your nose in a corner at five for having questions, then eff it. I'll take my chances and keep asking questions without fear of reprisal for wanting to understand.
Comment by SkepticalAtheist on March 9, 2009 at 8:04pm
I was raised catholic and more or less drank the kool aid until my freshman year of college. A little time away from home and I began to realize just how insane organized religion is and what it has done for, and more importantly to, us. When I turned my back on catholicism, only my father seemed upset. Everyone else was ambivalent. I gave up on organized religion but I tried to hang onto “spirituality” for some time. I struggled to shuffle loose the spiritual coil, reconciling the desire to believe with the new reality that was dawning in my mind.

My favorite delusion in this time period, being a fan of science fiction, was that god is an alien and jesus was a human-alien hybrid. This explained all the miracles and other phenomenon, even down to his ascension into heaven (tractor beam into a spaceship, of course). The virgin birth was accomplished through simple artificial insemination. I’m sure there are at least short stories if not full novels written with this premise. I don’t care to seek it out.

Finally, I just gave up. When I started reading the works of Dawkins and Hitchens later in my adulthood, it all just made sense. It rang of Truth. I knew I had come home.
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!
 

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