The Ramblings of a 17 Year Old Atheist

As many of you who read my introduction already know I am an atheist, and 17. Many of my peers believe that at the age of 17, I am too young to make such a decision. To which I respond, "If I am too young to decide there is no god, than aren't you too young to decide there is one?" This is the moment when they get quiet and just kind of stare at me for a short while before walking away accepting defeat. My point is that I believe that an individual is NEVER too young to decide whether or not they believe in a god or gods. Even if someone decides at a young age to become atheist I can't fully expect them to stay atheist. When I was 12 I decided I wanted to be atheist only to fall back into Christianity a couple months later.

I then became atheist again at the age of 15 and have been since then. Honestly, I cannot see myself ever believing in the existence of a god again. The idea of a god just seems too absurd to me and I do not see that changing. Anyway, I have a Harmonica sitting next to me begging to be played and i'm hungry. I don't know who, if anyone at all will read my blog, but I will continue to post off and on anyway with anything that might be on my mind. I thank anyone who does take the time to read this short excerpt from my thoughts.

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  • Kyle Barton

    @Real Life James Bond Very well put, I think I would tend to agree with you. I think one of the issues with religious parents is that they want to teach their kids that god is real at a young age, instead of letting the children decide on their own when they are older. Not saying that is necessarily wrong. I don't want to tell people how to raise their kids when I am still technically a kid myself. I personally do not agree with it. My mother (before she became atheist) used to try to force me to go to church and it just drove me nuts!

  • Alan C

    Anyone with a modicum of intelligence and enough wit to question the christian scriptures can make the decision to believe in god and the bible or not.  I went to Sunday school from the age of four to the age of six, I have a book somewhere that was a prize for regular attendance.  I was a precocious, argumentative brat!  Not much has changed...

    I remember being excluded from lessons many times for being disruptive because I argued over things that patently were not true and for saying things like "but that's not what you told us last week, was last week a lie?"  I took things a little too literally and skeptically for the church's method of teaching.  I used to go with my big brother, five years my senior, he used to despair of me!

  • Bradley Newman

    Every body at my school in Georgia hate me for being athiest