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John Ahrens commented on Andrew Ives's blog post 'You're to young to be an atheist wait until your older.'
"I was 10 years old when my sister asked me if i believed in god... before then i didnt know there was such an option.  after thinking about it i told her "no" and been atheist every since.  so no, you are never too young to be…"
Jan 22, 2012
John Ahrens replied to LaRae Meadows's discussion 'Anti-Theism Jokes and Pics' in the group Atheist Humor
"Wow, this is kinda profound... i never thought of that!"
Jul 10, 2011
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Jul 10, 2011
John Ahrens replied to Mike's discussion 'Have you ever hurt a friend talking about their religion?'
"Yes, i was criticizing on facebook the holiday religious displays put up and paid for by local or national governments.  I saw it as an unnecessary expense, especially during this recession and a breach in the separation of church and…"
Jul 10, 2011
John Ahrens replied to Lord Gaytheist's discussion 'Can atheists be homophobic?'
"Yes, they are called Closeted.  I think it is a mistake to assume that homophobia has its origins in religion.  I think religion is used by the homophobic to justify and feed their own fears, but the phobia isn't against the gays and…"
Jul 10, 2011
Monica McGee (Monicks) left a comment for John Ahrens
"Welcome to Think Atheist, John! It is great to have you here. Message me, or tweet me (@Monicks), or contact any of the Moderators with any suggestions or questions. Make sure to search the Groups to find members interested in the same topics as…"
Jun 2, 2011
Robert Karp left a comment for John Ahrens
"Welcome to the TA community!!!!!!!!"
Jun 2, 2011
John Ahrens replied to Ronbun Kontan's discussion 'The fear of death'
"As an atheist and being more than a bit nihilist, I can fully relate to your dilemma.  I suffer frequent depression because I feel my life has no passion, meaning or purpose.  But I am still here.    If you want to find meaning…"
Jun 1, 2011
John Ahrens replied to Caesar MacEntire's discussion 'Facebook Response'
"Why limit to Islam?  Christianity has it own plethora of examples."
Jun 1, 2011
John Ahrens replied to Caesar MacEntire's discussion 'Facebook Response'
"Yes, and I particularly notice how it was those who choose to believe in God that seem to have the greatest difficulty keeping their morals intact."
Jun 1, 2011
John Ahrens commented on Matt's video
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Fox News: Atheist's Lottery Prayer Answered

"Is Fox reporting another Onion story as real news?"
Jun 1, 2011
John Ahrens replied to Asma Anonymous's discussion 'What is the response to this article?'
"It isn't the endorsement of science that is an issue for Atheists, but the belief in a higher power.  This is really nothing more than intelligent design, which still requires belief in a god to put it all together."
Jun 1, 2011
John Ahrens is now a member of Think Atheist
Jun 1, 2011

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Your Religious Status
Atheist, Buddhism
About Me:
When I was 10, I realized I was Atheist. (BTW, i hate the term atheist, but for the sake of simplicity I will use it). Before then I didn't realize that was an option. But then my sister asked me if I believed in God... when presented with that choice, I made the logical, rational decision and said No. When I was 28 I came out as Gay. Interestingly, and this just now occurred to me, it was the same sister that pulled me out of the closet, asking me if I was gay. It is just a matter of time before I let my family know that I am actually Black, though i am pretty sure they suspect.

Despite being Atheist virtually my entire life (my "confirmation" in the Catholic church when i didn't believe in god pretty much sealed the deal... not exactly sure what it was they were confirming), I love gospel music. Mostly because I enjoy any music sung with deep feeling and emotion. I am also very much into Zen Buddhism and Taoism. (I say that I am an Zen Taoist), though I don't consider myself spiritual. But I do highly recommend "The Little Book of Atheist Spirituality". (Yes, i am a walking contradiction much of the time).

I am not a fan of Richard Dawkins or any of the other atheist authors. They spew the same ole stuff we've all heard over and over. I do, however, highly recommend "The Language of God: A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief" by the ever so self righteous Francis S Collins as a great resource for debunking Christian arguments against atheism. He does all the work for you... not sure where the evidence he refers to in the subtitle was exactly.

And that is me in a nutshell.
Age
41-46
Why are you here?
Being Atheist can be a lonely place. I am often envious of those who can turn to their churches for support, sense of community, etc. Came across this site through a facebook post and thought i would check it out. And i like it!
The religion you left
Catholic
Why you left your religion.
didnt understand how an infinite being can be male but not female. Origin story makes no sense whatsoever, neither does most of genesis (the waters above??) Been Atheist since i was 10 and never really looked back.
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How did you hear about Think Atheist?
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At 10:55am on June 2, 2011, Monica McGee (Monicks) said…

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