Ashley Gerst
  • 29, Female
  • Cleveland, OH
  • United States
Share on Facebook
Share Twitter
  • Blog Posts
  • Discussions
  • Events
  • Groups
  • Photos
  • Photo Albums
  • Videos

Ashley Gerst's Friends

  • Spike Spiegel
  • Kevin (Idolizing Reason)

Gifts Received

Gift

Ashley Gerst has not received any gifts yet

Give a Gift

 

Ashley Gerst's Page

Latest Activity

Ashley Gerst is now friends with Spike Spiegel and Kevin (Idolizing Reason)
Apr 22, 2009
Spike Spiegel left a comment for Ashley Gerst
"Welcome to T|A! You have some really great stuff on your site! I love the Poptart scarf! :P"
Apr 22, 2009
Ashley Gerst is now a member of Think Atheist
Apr 22, 2009

Profile Information

Your Religious Status
Secular/Nonreligious/Agnostic, Buddhism, Other
About Me:
I am a graduate from the Cleveland Institute of Art and am planning on going to grad school... I have to decide about one really soon (in a week). Most of my work is animation or sculpture and can be seen at: www.ashleygerst.com
Why are you here?
I am agnostic with Buddhist leanings (interest in the teaching and practice of Buddhism - but without the belief in God, but with the belief in myself). I am very interested in learning about religious histories and criticisms, especially criticisms of the Bible and of Christian religion more than of others - which is possibly because I was raished as a Catholic.
The religion you left
Catholic
Why you left your religion.
I no longer consider myself a Christian/Catholic because I believe that all organized religions are inheritantly corrupt. I believe in the possibility of Jesus' existence, but not in the common idea that he was the son of 'God'. Also, I don't believe in Saints.

I think that a lot of the reason why I reject Catholisism is beucase I attended Catholic grade school and high school. I started identifying myself as an athiest in 8th grade but was still forced into making my Confirmation.

High school, although a Catholic all girls high school, actually helped me come to terms with thinking of religions critically. I can't even count how many times I read the Bible, or some condensed version thereof for younger students... but in my freshman year we had to read it and take it literally as well as read it as literature. In our Sophmore year, we had to read it again, but take it figurtively. The story of Noah's Ark for example: there was a flood in that general area around the time that story takes place in history, so someone could have built a boat for it. Or, when Moses sees the Burning Bush, it could have been a bush with an abnormal amount of red berries on it and backlit by the desert sun. These kinds of critical thinking paved the way for me to start researching other religions, which is something else that we had to do in Theology class my Senior year. We learned mroe about Eastern religions and philosophies which helped me pave the way to my current understanding.

Comment Wall (1 comment)

You need to be a member of Think Atheist to add comments!

Join Think Atheist

At 1:29pm on April 22, 2009, Spike Spiegel said…
Welcome to T|A! You have some really great stuff on your site! I love the Poptart scarf! :P
 
 
 

Support T|A

Think Atheist is 100% member supported

All proceeds go to keeping Think Atheist online.

Donate with Dogecoin

Members

Forum

Things you hate.

Started by Devlin Cuite in Small Talk. Last reply by kris feenstra 12 minutes ago. 130 Replies

Videos

  • Add Videos
  • View All

Services we love

We are in love with our Amazon

Book Store!

Gadget Nerd? Check out Giz Gad!

Into life hacks? Check out LabMinions.com

Advertise with ThinkAtheist.com

© 2014   Created by Dan.

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service