So my name is Aubrey, I have just recently became an atheist. After about 19 years growing up in the church, I have just been feed up with the crap that has been indoctrinated me since i was born.…Continue
"Welcome Aubrey... every week Nelson sends out a Sunday School email, and often there are links to studies about how prayer doesn't work.
As a former Catholic myself, I understand the power ritual has over people. Like others have said,…"
"Regarding the self-fulfilling prophecy thing. Even if prayer works, if it does it has nothing to do with the existence of a god but shows the importance of optimism in outcomes. Optimism can be achieved in ways other than prayer."
"Welcome. You'll find there's as much diversity in views among atheists as there are between Christian sects. We're a diverse bunch. Some of us even (apparently) believe in spirits and life after death. I find that hard to process, but…"
"The continued belief in prayer can be ascribed to three things-- the selection bias, the 'self-fufilling prophecy', and the 'God works in Mysterious Ways' fallacy.
Selection bias is the tendency to believe things that…"
"You can catch a fish for the friend in need, teach him/her how to catch his own, or pray they somehow figure out how to fish. If they have any say so in the matter choice number three will be unpopular as hell."
I am a new Atheist, been involved in the Evangelical church for about 10 year, and now I finally reasoned my way out of that cult. I take the time to make sure what I know is actually true, and not just something innate.
Why are you here?
I am here to make friends, learn more about the Atheist movement, and Continue to use reason to make my beliefs. I am a freethinker, and damn proud of it.
The religion you left
Why you left your religion.
"If people are good only because they fear punishment, and hope for reward, then we are a sorry lot indeed." ~ Albert Einstein
"I don't want a God who is a parent who might kick me out of his house." ~ Lynn Johnston
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