"First off Greg, I am sorry for your loss.
I've been questioning religion since I was 12 years old (I'm 36 now.) I didn't become a full blown atheist until I was 23. Unfortunately, about two months after I had come to the decision that…"
"I have had many civilized discussions with believers. The key is to try not to insult them right off the bat. No matter what the subject, if you start a conversation by insulting or belittling someone, you are likely to be insulted in return.
"I'll never forget that day. I was in seventh grade so I was about twelve. I asked my teacher, "Can God create a rock so heavy that even he can't lift it?" his reply was "God can do anything."
Then I said, "So he…"
"I was a devout Catholic as a child. The church paid for me to attend a private Catholic school, and then I went to a Catholic University. I stopped believing because my education included a heavy dose of Bible study. The more I studied, the more…"
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I was a devout Catholic as a young child. I attended a Catholic school form K-12,I then attended a Catholic University. Unfortunately for them, it was this religious education that lead me to start questioning my belifes. I hear this experience is not uncommon.
I started questioning my religious beliefs around age 14. I studied other religions as much as i could, but none made any sense to me.
I would say I became a full blown atheist around age 16. My family doesn't know of my atheism. I haven't told them because I am afraid that it would irrevocably damage my relationship with them. I have few freinds that know. The subject of religion simply doesn't come up very often amoung my family and freinds.
As for my professional life, I was a bar manager at a local ski resort for ten years, and am now in the process of taking over my family's construction business.
The one thing that I need my fellow atheists to understand most is that, while I am not a believer, I'm not here to trash religion or to belittle those who do believe.
The Catholic church did good things for me in my life. I attended a private Catholic school on a full scholarship paid for by my local church. I know many won't see that as a good thing, but they rescued me from what I see a a failed public schooling system. I recieved an outstanding education, and for that, I will always be grateful to the church.
Why are you here?
I am here because I live in southwestern PA and, as far as I know, there aren't many atheists here. While Southwestern PA isn't technically in the bible belt, it's about as close as you can come. Ever since I've given up my faith, I have often felt like an outsider. About two years ago I found the show "The Atheist Experience" on Youtube and it gave me a small sense of community; one that I haven't felt in a long time. I am here looking to expand that sense of community.
The religion you left
Why you left your religion.
I left the church because it seemed the more I learned about the bible, the less sense it made to me. I researched other religions (I came dangerously close to becoming a Buddhist)but, none of them made any more sense to me than Catholicism.
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I heard about this site on The Atheist Experience on Youtube
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