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Your Religious Status
Atheist, Secular/Nonreligious/Agnostic
About Me:
My blog is located at davenichols.net.

I'm a self-employed internet developer, voracious reader, and natural skeptic. I have deep interest in philosophy, religion, science (especially astronomy, physics, cosmology, and biology), mathematics, as well as strong interests in history and warfare.

Among my favorite authors are Carl Sagan, Richard Dawkins, Rick Atkinson, Dan Barker, Bart Ehrman, and Brian Greene.

Musically, I have a very wide range of interests, from Miles Davis to Notorious B.I.G. Pink Floyd is my favorite band, and I enjoy everything from classical rock and blues to funk, hip-hop, metal, and electronica.
Why are you here?
Looking for a community of interesting and intelligent like-minded skeptics and rationalists who seek to utilize reason and empirical knowledge in building a better world.
The religion you left
Why you left your religion.
I was never really a 'Christian' in that I realized early that Christianity was a fraud. I was raised in a caring liberal family who only occasionally attended Presbyterian churches for mostly social reasons. I loved singing in chorus and bell-ringing (part of my much larger love of singing and music). I never believed that an invisible man in the sky could hear my thoughts, though I do recall having prayed a few times more as mediation and mental focus than as anything else. At times, as a child, I did invoke 'God' as part of that prayer, but only as a matter of custom and not with any real belief that 'he' could hear me.

I remember a babysitter when I was around 9 or 10 who was bible-thumping religious. We played a game of charades, and I acted out a human, classifying it as a 'mammal'. She couldn't guess 'human' and was furious with me for calling man an 'animal'. I still recall her rant about that subject, though only in retrospect did I realize just how utterly ignorant she was. At that point, I already had a hunch that Christianity was one big fiction, but given my early interest in science, and a knowledge that man was indeed an animal, her attitude certainly didn't hurt my eventual recognition of my atheistic stance.

By my teen years, I had established my natural skepticism as dominant and never really had to 'lose' my religion. Only as an adult did I really even consider my own 'label', choosing Atheist mostly for clarity and impact with those of theist beliefs. I consider myself a 6 on Dawkins' scale of 1-7.

I still have a personalized, engraved copy of the NIV Bible which I received at around age 8. I was thrilled to receive it at the time, but not because it was The Bible, but because it was a free book. Still love getting free books :). I have since gotten copies of the Quran, I Ching, various Buddhist scriptures, and many other canonical texts as I build a library of books around me.

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Atheist Camel Dromedary Hump on Infidel Guy Show Tonight, September 17, 2009 at 8pm ET

Posted on September 17, 2009 at 2:00pm 0 Comments

Just wanted to drop off a quick note to mention that everyone's favorite camel Dromedary Hump, author of the Atheist Camel blog and the fun, unapologetic book The Atheist Camel Chronicles will be on The Infidel Guy Show tonight. The time is 8pm ET, and you can tune in on the IG website. Hump is also one of the guys behind… Continue

Prayer Spam: How to Do Nothing and Still Think You're Helping

Posted on August 20, 2009 at 2:03pm 6 Comments

Anyone who has spent more than a few seconds on my site knows where I stand on religion. My anti-theist stance is quite clearly proclaimed everywhere here, from the scarlet A and Random Evil Scripture block to the various books I've read, even those of faith have no trouble figuring out my views.

I have my email address easily accessible in the footer, available for anyone to contact me if desired, and I do… Continue

Richard Milner Talk and the Darwin Lecture Series Talks

Posted on August 17, 2009 at 4:49pm 0 Comments

I'm going to be listening in Wednesday night, August 19, 2009 to hear natural historian Richard Milner discuss his new book Darwin's Universe: Evolution From A to Z. The talk is free to everyone and is accessible by phone or Skype. Hosted by The Reading Odyssey and the Darwin Facebook project, the talk is described this way:

Milner will help to set context for our…

Creation "Museum" Visit: The Believer / Atheist Discussion

Posted on August 11, 2009 at 1:48pm 7 Comments

I'm behind in updating my thoughts on the visit to the Creation "Museum" from Friday, but I want to get a specific experience down in a blog post. I was fortunate enough to engage two Christians in conversation, one a decided creationist and the other an on-the-fence Christian unsure of what to believe about evolution. This conversation is described briefly at the end of the Devin Powell article on Inside Science which was… Continue

Married GOP Pusher of Abstinence-Only Admits to Affair with Intern

Posted on July 27, 2009 at 11:43am 3 Comments

Insert fake shock here. Yet again, a conservative Christian who works constantly to force his unscientific and ineffective abstinence-only views is unable to hold himself to his own moral propaganda.

Meet Tennessee state senator Paul Stanley. He's a solid conservative Republican and married…

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