"It seems to be a case of being a believer or not. I think everyone can agree that there is not conclusive evidence one way or the other as to the existence or non-existence of a god or gods. That is such a thing cannot, by definition, be proven or…"
"The one thing i envy theists for, is the community in real life, that they have with each other, whereas finding like minded atheists in real life can be harder for us than them. Certainly, it can be done, but theists have that way easier.
"I still use Goddamn, Jesus Fucking Christ, and Holy Shit as my favorite expletives. I don't personally feel that these are anything more than colloquialisms and are actually offensive to the fundamentalist or evangelical. If there was to be a…"
"I haven't heard or read the term Pinko Commie for at least 15 years- bravo for that. Also this was a great post for any atheist to read, especially those who vacillate when posed the question, "if it's all fake, why do you care?"…"
"That is really excellent to hear Chris. It turns out that I may be credited with one de-conversion. Not an hour after I wrote my above reply, my niece (currently in college) told me that I was her inspiration to letting go of her faith. I…"
"I understand this completely Rachel. My family is very fundamentalist in their religious views and it was out of respect for their beliefs that I held back for several years. When I finally did come forth with my atheism and told them how long I had…"
"A very important person in my life has been known to say, "We can either fight everyday for what is right, or we can go to war in the future just to survive."
Activism is exactly like indoctrination in that it is only as good or bad as…"
"I would think that the toughest part would be assembling a platform that all or most atheists could get behind. After all that is the primary key to fundamentalist ideologies: everyone goes to the same place to learn the same message and generally…"
"I wonder if Doctor Phil Day would be willing to debate the subject with Mister Chris Hitchens if he's so certain about his position. After all there's, "no scientific evidence supporting evolution." Dawkins doesn't do that…"
"For sure, but I don't want to end up on a slippery slope over this. After all if we follow this too far then no one would ever be responsible for what they do ever again ("It's my damn genes, I can't help it."). It seems…"
"My bad Doug, I will try to focus on getting them to sacrifice themselves. Never considered the fact that the first people that a religious person would sacrifice would be the nearest atheists. I suppose I could point out that we don't make very…"
"This is an ongoing argument that could more broadly be classified as the personal experience argument (The God Delusion I think?). My 70 year old father insists that he has bared witness to God personally saving his life on several occasions. First,…"
"My knee jerk reflex is that it's not quite the same for everyone. That some people are born with characteristics that will inexorably lead them to being religious or being an atheist. For instance, did anyone have that friend that could not…"
I come from a family of Catholic fundamentalists as the only child out of four that defected. This created an explosion in my family that has not yet settled over the last 15 years. I still communicate with them regularly but religious battles between my father and I are not unheard of.
Why are you here?
I'm here to add precision to my beliefs by exploring the beliefs of other similarly minded individuals. Not to find out how I'm right, but to find out how I'm wrong and how I can better myself.
The religion you left
Why you left your religion.
I had an atheist friend who was/is, by far, the most moral, selfless, and honest person I have ever met. When I found out that he had no chance of heaven unless he accepted Jesus, I knew that it was all BS. Thus began the downward spiral of my faith in religion.
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Hi David :) This was my last post before I emailed Andrea ("The Nerd"). It's gone now. But before I left A|N, I copy/pasted it into Word. I've attached it for you, in case you're interested.Felch_and_Duane.doc