I don't believe in a God, Gods, or God, but how I arrived here is most perplexing. I was raised Catholic; I was baptized, made my communion, my confirmation, and was good friends with a priest in my local parish and still am.

However, I've been cursed with curiosity. 'Why' and 'How' are two words that I can't put a leash on. I'm a voracious reader. I read everything: literature, science fiction, science fact, horror, biographies, memoirs, and mythology. Which leads me to, The Bible. The Bible is an awesome book, I love it! The stories are highly varied, colorful, and creative, but historical - nah. You see when I was learning the stories of the Bible for my communion I just didn't view them as historical - just fantastic tales.

Anyhow, I remember the first time I felt the whole religion thing was wrong. I was in my communion class and we were learning about sacrifice. I don't remember the story but the teacher told us that some sheep were sacrificed for God... WHAT!, WHY? Now, I was only about 10 or 11, but I just could not understand why God wanted people to kill animals for no reason. My confusion stemmed from the fact that didn't God create everything? Why did God put it here if he wanted it to be just sent right back to him. Am I crazy? How does killing sheep prove anything? I figured at the time that I was just too dumb to understand this profound lesson in sacrifice. Whatever...

Time passed, I've read much more, thought much more, and have emerged on the other side. I am a quiet Atheist, albeit a radical one. I don't and won't get into arguments. I did at a time. I read books for 'ammo' when hording off the legions of theist. I was young and ready for the great debate.

But things have changed, I freely admit I am an Atheist. I'm angered and saddened by how the world views Atheist. Sometimes I wonder if Atheism will ever become dogmatic; I sometimes just want to drop the label, discontinue my membership to this site and just be a person who doesn't believe in God, doesn't give it a second thought, and doesn't give a shit.

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Comment by Amanda on December 17, 2008 at 9:31pm
Hi Trunx. I see your perspective on, "I sometimes just want to drop the label, discontinue my membership to this site and just be a person who doesn't believe in God, doesn't give it a second thought, and doesn't give a shit."

Simply it is just a title that lets others know I do not beleive in jesus or sky gods etc. It is very unfornate that we have this preconceived notion that we as atheists are some how bad people or don't have any morals. When I always scratch my head how people say they get morals from the bible...

Anyways yes alot of people just do not bring the religion topic up because they just don't give a shoot any more about it all because at the end of the day it is complete bunk. And discussing that with other people is just to much of a headache because they are all sheep when you really come down to it.

I am always willing and ready to debate relgion with anyone that wants to debate with me. And I am proud that I carry the atheist title. I always fall back on how for me that its ok to be atheist and that you don't need gods or anything to rule/run your life. In the end I really just laugh how comical it is. We only have ourselves to do good in this short time span we have. All I know is that science will prevail over anything! IE religion!

For right now we are at the front door steps of actully having a atheist movement with the web. I say give in 10 years time you will see a new shift towards atheism. Most of our generation is so connected now and information spreads like the plauge now. It is only a matter of time till sites like these breed with people creeping out from the cracks finally figuring out that "its okay to be atheist" :)

Alright well sorry for the mispellings I am on my iphone writing this.
Comment by Trunx on December 19, 2008 at 1:43pm
Well I would gladly misspell my whole post for an iphone. Thanks for the comment, I didn't really expect anyone to read it.

"And discussing that with other people is just to much of a headache because they are all sheep when you really come down to it."

Well, Jesus IS their shepherd.

"For right now we are at the front door steps of actully having a atheist movement with the web. I say give in 10 years time you will see a new shift towards atheism. Most of our generation is so connected now and information spreads like the plauge now. It is only a matter of time till sites like these breed with people creeping out from the cracks finally figuring out that "its okay to be atheist"

I completely agree. I know society as a whole is moving towards atheism, it's inevitable. The Greeks, Egyptians, Romans, etc have all moved past polytheism towards monotheism and eventually (hopefully) atheism. The Vatican, itself, makes new allowances, interpretations and recognitions every year in fear of losing their flock. As with everything progressive, change is slow, but I'm hopeful.

"All I know is that science will prevail over anything! IE religion!"

I worry about this. I read an article in "Wired" once about the fear of science becoming a new religion. I never considered it. This is why I wrote: "Sometimes I wonder if Atheism will ever become dogmatic" I don't know how to really convey my feelings. By joining this site, are we segregating ourselves because we don't believe in God... could you join this site if you did believe in God? Would you join a christian/Jewish/Muslim site? Basically, I'm saying: I am an Atheist, but I don't want Atheism to be me.
Comment by Derek on December 19, 2008 at 2:45pm
Hello Trunx, I just wanted to comment on a few things you mentioned in the last paragraph there.

First on Science becoming a new religion, well this all depends on what you define as a new religion. I would classify science as being purely based on provable facts. If you can't prove it, it's not science. This differs completely from religions that I know of. Science as long as it stays true to the provable facts cannot become dogmatic in that anything that gets disproved is thrown out. That's not to say there isn't resistance. However over the history of science this process has remained well intact.

The other item is on your comment about "I am an Atheist, but I don't want Atheism to be me." I think this is a really valid point, and one that everyone should keep in mind. Being atheist is something you are, it's part of what defines you, it is most certainly not the other way. I find that a lot of other people do that labelling, that because I am atheist other people immediately think that I have no morals. I find people do the same thing about all kinds of religious beliefs, so I feel that no mater what you end up being labelled and grouped according to preconceived notions. This could be why I usually shy away from mentioning my atheist belief until after I've gotten to know someone.

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