Taylor Campbell
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I'm studying to be an Art educator for grades K-12, and I'm doing so at a small Christian college. My long-term plan is to teach English in Japan, which I will do once I graduate. Two years ago I was a devout Christian, but I had to put my religion on hiatus when it became a huge stresser in my life during my war with bulimia. I was a detached agnostic theist up until about three or four months ago when I got involved with reddit.com and the /r/atheism subreddit. The transition to full atheism lasted about a week or two as I came to terms with the idea of no god. It's been a stressful coming out as I can't really be open about my atheism here at college for fear of being shunned by some of my friends, or judged harshly, but my closest friends know and are supportive and my semi-boyfriend didn't stone me when I told him, so I think I'll be okay here for now :)
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reddit.com showed me the path. It also seems like a cool place to talk with like-minded people :D
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Why you left your religion.
I had to in order to heal myself of bulimia. Since God didn't help me when I sat crying in my bathroom, shaking and sweating from vomiting up food for half an hour, pleading with God to give me strength to stop myself and asking Jesus to forgive me for breaking my promise to him to never do it again, I decided that I can only help myself. The guilt and the stress drove me to stop, not to mention my fucking cunt of a youth-group leader who only managed to make my situation worse before I stopped going to anything church-related.
There's also too much evidence supporting the improbability of the existence of a god, and I'm sort-of a sucker for evidence :P
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My Lack of Confidence is Depressing

Posted on March 5, 2012 at 1:25am 16 Comments

I feel like I’m going to explode. The pressure is down significantly because I’ve been talking to more people about my situation and how I feel and about the thoughts that have been racing in my head, but I still get headaches every day when I think about how much I’m suppressing myself just to feel “safe” here.

I want SO MUCH to be able to wear a shirt that just says “ATHEIST” on it around campus, but the terrible anxiety I get at the thought of doing such…


Genetics or God's Wrath?

Posted on February 27, 2012 at 5:15pm 6 Comments

Hello again :) I'm back with another rant about my biology class. But first I'll update on my last rant involving the question "What are two limits of science that make scientific study of miracles difficult or impossible?" which appeared on last Monday's test. This question goes hand-in-hand with the short discussion we had in class about science and miracles, with my professor ending said discussion by proclaiming that science is outside the realm of miracles. 

Well, not too…


To Offend....Or Not To Offend....

Posted on February 20, 2012 at 9:30pm 26 Comments

It's difficult for me to take religious people seriously anymore, and I think that's been one of my biggest headaches. I care for my friends dearly, but when they start talking about god and jesus and the happy feelings they get in chapel, I have to stop myself from rolling my eyes or quirking my eyebrow in disbelief. I really really don't want to offend anyone. But they make it really hard for me to not make a remark about the things they say when they don't even know the truth…


A Time to be Humbled

Posted on February 20, 2012 at 3:24pm 5 Comments

...is right about now for me. As an atheist going to a small Christian college, lately I've been feeling a mixture of loneliness, frustration, and a bit of hopelessness. I'm lonely because I can't connect with anyone on a real level without coming out as an atheist, which has shown to make people avoid me, which leads me to be frustrated because it's not like I can put up posters for an atheist club or group or freethinkers meeting or anything to meet like-minded people here, which has lead…


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At 4:09am on February 28, 2012, kevin searley said…

Hi, thanks for the friendship and feedback, all is in harmony again. I had a bad moment, drink was involved, but all is well. Back to destroying nonsense with common sense methinks!

At 9:08am on February 13, 2012, Robert Karp said…

Welcome to the Think Atheist community Taylor! Join us in the chat on the bottom right of the screen and feel free to ask questions and get involved as much or as little as you want! If you would like to, add me as a friend and I'm also on twitter as RSAnative if you care to follow. Welcome again and make yourself at home!


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