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My Grandpa died last week

Started this discussion. Last reply by Erock68la 2 hours ago. 7 Replies

Not sure if this counts as "small talk" but what the hey .....My grandpa died early Friday morning. We were pretty close.I didn't go see him Thursday.They told me Wednesday night he was sick, and…Continue

Tags: grieving, atheist, death

Came out today

Started this discussion. Last reply by Belle Rose Dec 8. 84 Replies

Came out to my parents as atheist today. Did it 'soft' enough that I think they don't think I'm serious...they think I'm just doubting and searching for God. They were upset, but hid it out of…Continue

Tags: closet, parents, out, coming

Baby steps

Started this discussion. Last reply by Belle Rose Sep 25. 5 Replies

I’m trying to become just a little more bold.Earlier this month when I went on a camping trip, I…Continue

Tags: the, closet, of, out, rights

Testing the waters—and the waters aren’t good.

Started this discussion. Last reply by Virgil Sep 26. 19 Replies

Testing the waters—and the waters aren’t good.I thought I might come out as atheist to my friend a couple weeks ago, when we went on a camping trip. I decided against that, but did test the waters a…Continue

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Erock68la replied to Physeter's discussion 'My Grandpa died last week'
"Another +1. You love him.  He knew you love him.  That bond is more important than any visit.  Don't let "if only..." distract you and prevent you from processing these difficult emotions in a healthy way (see…"
2 hours ago
Simon Mathews replied to Physeter's discussion 'My Grandpa died last week'
"+1. I remember reading somewhere once that grief is something that has to be experienced. It cannot be side-stepped or out-thought. And don't beat yourself up about not visiting. Let that go. You have a whole lifetime of memories with him to…"
14 hours ago
Unseen replied to Physeter's discussion 'My Grandpa died last week'
"My father died two Februaries ago, and one of the hardest things was dealing with other people's attitudes toward death: "He's in a better place," "His suffering is over" (makes it sound like he's feeling just fine…"
18 hours ago
Belle Rose replied to Physeter's discussion 'My Grandpa died last week'
18 hours ago
Belle Rose replied to Physeter's discussion 'My Grandpa died last week'
"Don't push them away.....embrace them. Allow yourself to feel whatever you need to feel. Write about it, talk about it however you need to. And for those who say things about "God's will" just think of that as their way of…"
18 hours ago
Physeter replied to Physeter's discussion 'My Grandpa died last week'
"Thanks Belle. Trying to compile some memories now, edit his obituary, and I'm just exhausted... I don't always do tough emotions real well. Sometimes just try to push them away and ignore them. This time I can't do that."
19 hours ago
Belle Rose replied to Physeter's discussion 'My Grandpa died last week'
"Physeter......big hug.....and another one......and another one...........hug. I'm here for you friend :)"
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My Grandpa died last week

Not sure if this counts as "small talk" but what the hey .....My grandpa died early Friday morning. We were pretty close.I didn't go see him Thursday.They told me Wednesday night he was sick, and they didn't know how long he'd make it. They said on Thursday he was sick, but he was doing ok, but I'd probably want to come see him. I figured I would come and see him Friday, after work, or maybe in the middle of work.Nobody knew how quick it would go. But it shouldn't have mattered. I had time…See More
23 hours ago
Physeter replied to Jessica Miller's discussion 'Is There Any Ex-Mennonites or Ex-Amish On This Site?'
"There's a lot of good in the Amish, though a lot of problems with their culture too... I'm an ex-Mennonite and a former missionary. I grew up in the more modern, liberal Mennonite tradition though--no buggys or weird clothes or head…"
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Physeter replied to Reg The Fronkey Farmer's discussion 'The Doctor and the Farmer'
"Atheism is only useful because of the harm and confusion which has been caused by religion. Being able to step back and say "No, that is wrong, there is no god," gives us the framework to fight the oppression and mental bondage created by…"
Dec 9
Physeter replied to Reg The Fronkey Farmer's discussion 'The Doctor and the Farmer'
"See, you say that...and then you talk about how God is a concept, and how God is just a useful way of describing the world, and ... you wiggle out of any position that we assume you would take based on "Roman Catholicism", and it's…"
Dec 9
Belle Rose replied to Physeter's discussion 'Came out today'
"Physeter the Bill of Assertive Rights was presented to me at a women's domestic violence group. There are slightly different versions. I do however think the key concepts are powerful....I hope they give you the same kind of strength they gave…"
Dec 8
Belle Rose replied to Physeter's discussion 'Came out today'
"Bill of Assertive Rights You have the right to judge your own behavior, thoughts, and emotions. You don't have to agree with the judgments of others. With this right comes the responsibility for the managing your behavior, thoughts, and…"
Dec 8
Belle Rose replied to Physeter's discussion 'Came out today'
"If you remain firm but respectful,matter-of-fact and almost non-emotional (or at least non-confrontational, it will make your family/friends very confused. If they get "angry" your response is one of maturity, as you look them in the eyes…"
Dec 8
Physeter replied to Reg The Fronkey Farmer's discussion 'The Doctor and the Farmer'
"We're getting into Atheism+ or humanism here when we stray away from a strict definition of whether or not there's a god."
Dec 8
Physeter replied to Physeter's discussion 'Came out today'
"I talked with my brother today. He loves me, he respects me, he doesn't agree with me. I think I just kind of 'vented' at him because I'm not scared of him like I am my parents. Told him a whole handful of things I've been…"
Dec 8

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Secular/Nonreligious/Agnostic
About Me:
Curious, seeking, very slowly gaining confidence. A whole, thinking worthwhile human being, no longer afraid of being told I'm "doing it wrong."
Some favorite blogs:
http://defeatingthedragons.wordpress.com/
http://yearwithoutgod.com
http://godlessinDixie.com
http://rolltodisbelieve.wordpress.com
http://rechelleunplugged.com/category/journey-to-atheism
http://patheos.com/Atheist
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Why are you here?
Hoping to meet new friends, expand my mind, find out whether or not I am crazy for thinking I can escape my old religion. Learn another viewpoint on whether Jesus is real or not.
The religion you left
Christian
Why you left your religion.
Too many things in real life are just incompatible with religion. After all I'd been through I never saw God do anything real.
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What’s a Physeter? A post about metaphors and prophecy

Posted on March 5, 2014 at 9:06pm 12 Comments

This is a post about finding meaning. Also crossposted at thephyseter.wordpress.com.

Why do I call myself The Physeter online? My internet moniker is the name of a beautiful and majestic creature:

The sperm whale (Physeter macrocephalus), or cachalot, is the largest of the…

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How to prove God is real

Posted on February 22, 2014 at 1:00pm 0 Comments

So, I’ve noticed a lot of Christians use words when they debate.

It doesn’t matter whether it’s a live debate, or an Internet discussion. Christians always use words. They will make logical arguments about why the world must have a Creator. They’ll talk about history, and claim the Bible is reliable and true. They’ll give personal experiences. They’ll talk about how morality must come from a divine law-giver, or claim life is meaningless without God.

They’ll draw on…

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Miracles, God, Free will

Posted on February 21, 2014 at 5:37pm 7 Comments

Have you ever heard Christians say that God refuses to make his existence obvious, because he doesn’t want to force you to believe? That he doesn’t want to override your free will?

Suppose you have two caramel apples that appear identical. You ask me which one I want, and since I can’t see any difference between the two, I arbitrarily choose the apple on the right because it’s slightly larger. I bite into it and—surprise!—it’s actually a caramel onion.

I can’t eat…

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So-called science blog gushes over “Atheist Delusions”

Posted on February 21, 2014 at 5:00pm 0 Comments

Ever have one of those moments where you think you’ve found something interesting and new, but it turns out to be the same old nonsense everyone else is peddling?

I found a blog on Patheos called “Science on Religion”, and I thought it sounded pretty good. It looked like either an atheist or a liberal Christian blog, based on the artwork and name. I thought it could give an interesting perspective.

It turns out it’s an excuse for Christians to crow about how real science is…

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