"There are many parallels between the Jesus story and a whole bunch of other deity legends in other cultures, too. The Egyptian story of Horus for example is quite similar, as is the tale of Dionysis and that of Krishna and also about half a dozen…"
"First, I have to say that Lamb is one of my favorite books. Christopher Moore is a genius, and I aspire to be as loyal a friend to someone as Biff was to Joshua (though perhaps without the jumping-off-a-cliff bit.)
That said, I would like to think…"
"I think my journey toward atheism began in my early teens. My father was Christian and had a circle of Christian friends from his church. My younger sister and I both went to Sunday School and were a part of the youth group and youth choir at the…"
"Give me a good, average, person over a smart asshole any day.
Agreed, at least most of the time.
As Fred was not expressing doubt concerning the other qualities you mentioned, though, I didn't feel the need to comment on them. :)
"I have also noticed a less-than-civil attitude making the rounds throughout several communities. Too often I come across posts where the author simply assumes that all religious persons that may be reading are as dumb as a box of rocks, incapable of…"
"It's awful that you had to go through all that to exercise your own reproductive rights. I was told by two of the doctors that I "couldn't possibly be sure that you will never want children!" and by a third that "It just…"
I'm Tera, and I'm relatively new to TA myself. I've found the people here to be intelligent, inviting, and always eager to offer support to newcomers. Hopefully you'll find the same!
Like you, I grew up surrounded by…"
"The reason people don't see human overpopulation as a problem is a purely emotional response. They are so worried about this fetus and that fetus that they can't think on a global scale.
Interestingly enough, I attempted to have myself…"
"I really think we're currently headed for #3. In fact, I feel like many, many people who claim to follow a religion are actually already at the point where they're just following tradition and don't really believe in a lot of the…"
I'm a twenty-seven year old woman living in the Bible Belt of the United States, one of the least atheist-friendly places in America. While I am definitely not religious, I sit firmly on the fence between atheist and agnostic.
I was raised in a southern Baptist home, and my family remains Christian. Religion is heavily ingrained in the culture here, and expressing agnostic or atheistic views is heavily frowned upon. While I have trouble reconciling any idea of "god" with common sense and logic, I don't deny the possibility that something along those lines may exist - I just don't *think* it does.
Why are you here?
I'm here to listen and learn, and maybe toss out an intelligent opinion every now and then.
The religion you left
Why you left your religion.
Most organized religions come across as methods of controlling the population with scare tactics and the idea of unending punishment for failure to follow the ruling class's ideals of "morality." I also have trouble reconciling the idea of a good and loving god with the idea of an all-powerful god. An all-powerful, all-knowing being implies creation of all things both good and bad, and that said being would have to have known that pain and suffering and evil would exist and yet made the choice to create them anyway, and then create a means of punishment for what they created in the first place - it's either totally illogical or god is a real jerk.
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