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I'm an atheist. After years of trying to find a religion that suited me, I found no religion suits me perfectly. It's kinda like trying on a whole slew of stright-jackets trying to find one that's comfortable, only to finally realize the sweet beauty of streaking. If you have also performed a Houdini on the shackles of conformity, drop a line.

Some history about me:
I attended 12 years of private Catholic schools. From 1st grade through high school. If you have never attended a private Catholic school, allow me to paint a picture. At least once a month, during school hours, we would go to Mass. If it was Christmas or Easter, it would be more frequently, up to once a week. Of course, my family would still attend Mass on Sunday mornings. Every year at least one class was dedicated to religion. I had multiple courses on the Old and New Testamants, as well as Catholic dogma.

Around my senior year in high school, I found myself with questions about my religion. I really expected my teachers/priests/parents to have answers for these questions at their fingertips. I figured all the adults around me had had similar questions as teens, and I had somehow missed them in all my religious classes. Indeed, I thought the worst that could happen was a slight chastisement for not paying attention in class. I was wrong.

Instead I was told my questions came from the devil. Satan was attacking my mind and I needed to pray to rid myself of his influence. Evil planted these questions in my mind, and Jesus was the answer. I was shocked no one even had something that looked like a logical answer.

My questions were as follows: Doesn't God need Satan to be his arch-nemisis? If there is only good, doesn't good lose its potency? We all agree certain aspects of the Bible don't conform to modern ideas of right and wrong, so why are they still in the Bible? Can't we just edit the book? Hasn't it been edited before? What's stopping us from allowing God's message to be updated? How come our flawed justice system has multiple levels of punishment, and God only has one? We try people by a jury of peers, why doesn't God? How is it that a Jew, a Muslim, a Hindu and a Christian can all be good people, and only one gets to go to Heaven? And what if we don't want eternal life but simply peace when we die?

From age 17 to 31 I struggled with these and other questions. I looked to all sorts of religions to find one that suited my tastes. None did. Christianity, Buddism, Hinduism, Satanism, Wicca, New Age, Islam, Judeaism, Humanism, and others all failed. I even tried to make a religion of my own, combining those aspects of each that I liked and discarding the remainder. I had the hardest time keeping my dogma straight. It was exhausting.

Recently, I found that no religion is the best religion. Now, I want to find more about non-belief. With little investigation I have found this is where I should have been all along. Now I feel compeled to do more. Because God isn't here, we are.
Why are you here?
I was invited. Where's the party?
The religion you left
Christian
Why you left your religion.
I began to think and ask questions. God really hates it when you question him. I mean he really really hates it, because he has no answers. He doesn't even have the questions. He is imaginary.

www.myspace.com/andrewtheatheist


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Faith, Reason, and other mutually exclusive terms

Posted on February 24, 2011 at 10:31pm 2 Comments

It never ceases to amaze me how much believers want to convince me that they are not “blind followers”, that they have come to their religious beliefs through reason, just like me.  No, I’m not going to refute the claim that atheism is a religion here.  That will have to be another blog.  What I want to address here is that people want me to believe that they have used reason, not “blind faith”, to come to religion.  They say that they use logic and find Christ. 

Now, I should start…

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The Know-it-all Atheist

Posted on February 15, 2011 at 10:27pm 6 Comments

 

Every so often, someone will tell me that atheists are impossible to debate, because they think they know it all.  Someone will tell me that I am dismissing their claims before I have even heard them.  They accuse me of shutting out the “evidence” they have to “prove” god’s existence.  They say I am doing what I accuse them of doing:  sticking fingers in the ears and screaming, “La-La-la! Can’t hear you!”

Well, they may have a point.  I…

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An atheist’s profession of faith

Posted on February 12, 2011 at 11:46pm 0 Comments

An atheist’s profession of faith





Someone once asked what I did believe in if I did not believe in god.  This was my response.



I believe in freedom. I believe that choice is the backbone of freedom. As choice expands, so does freedom; as choice contracts, so does freedom. I believe the freedoms granted to Americans in the Constitution are awesome.







I believe in liberty, justice and equality for all. I believe these belong to everyone regardless of…

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The Afterlife is an Illusion

Posted on February 8, 2011 at 10:53pm 2 Comments

I was listening to a debate between Dan Barker and Dinesh D’Souza.  They eventually got to the afterlife as D’Souza has recently written a book about it.  D’Souza explained his evidence for the afterlife as follows:  There are thousands of people who have experienced a Near Death Experience, or NDE.  Where are they?  They are walking around, driving cars, going to work, etc.  If the mind is producing hallucinations at the time of death, how did the brain reverse this death process?  How can…

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Holy Child Abuse, Batman!

Posted on February 6, 2011 at 10:42pm 0 Comments

The weather ‘round these parts has been really bad lately.  Snow, ice and all forms of frozen poo has fallen from the sky.  So I was unable to tune into my favorite fundy radio station and had to listen to the Catholic radio station instead.  I didn’t listen long.  What I heard so disgusted me, I had to turn it off.  That has never happened on the other fundy station.

The program was a call-in show.  The host was a shrink who wanted to field questions about family and faith.  She was…

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