Long term atheist.
Retired Internist as of 3/2016
Living with gastric sarcoma (gastrointestinal stromal tumor) since 3/2013. Living with cancer makes one think differently.
Active gardener, hobby orchard, sourdough breads and pie baker, and reader of history and social interests.
Why are you here?
Community of atheists. Intelligent group. #1 interest is Reg's Sunday school, great reading.
The religion you left
Why you left your religion.
I left fundamentalist Baptist religion because it was a lie. It was a gradual process over about 5 years.
Part of that was military service post Vietnam era in Turkey, where I discovered that non-Christians were just normal ordinary people like you and I. I recall, I got into arguments with the Chaplain over that. Which is kind of hazardous, with the Chaplain being a captain and I was just enlisted. Part was reading the bible thoroughly, with an open, then questioning, and honest, mind.
Part was subsequent training as a scientist, which led to microbiology research PhD, which led to study of medicine.
Religion might be a nice way to find community, and turn off the thinking cap, but it's not real. Religion causes or supports tribal thinking, causes dangerous us/them dichotomies.
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How did you hear about Think Atheist?
online search. Long term active on another site as well. Important to keep atheist community supportive and vibrant.
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Ha, ruminant entero-ome, eh? Yes, obscure to non-scientists, but increasingly relevant wrt species and even higher taxanomic level interactions (eg viral and parasitic), effects of antibiotics, microbe evolution... it's an awesome field. I have textbooks on disease and micribiology that don't even mention C. diff, which my mother got a year ago nosocomially after antibiotics... an increasingly endemic problem.
My Japanese brother-in-law is a gastro-enterologist in Japan. My ex-wife imports Opus One wine into Tokyo. Yikes, we're all connected by microbes, at least!