So this is my first blog post on TA! Hurray! I'm relatively new to the site but I'm already in love with it. You people make me think and I'm grateful to you. 


The story:


I ran into an old neighbor today who I had not spoken to in a very long time. She belongs to an infamous church in my community which holds a fall festival to give children a place to go on halloween. They think it celebrates satan. Anyway, during this conversation, my neighbor informs me that the devil is trying to shut her up. I guess she is having a wisdom tooth removed as well as some other dental work... oh and she hadn't been to the dentist in about seven years. Basically this woman talks constantly so I was not able to tell her that I didn't believe the devil had it in for her. 


The REAL story:


I was talking to my father about this and said that I wondered if she would have continued talking with me if I had been able to communicate to her that I am an atheist. My dad then said, "I hate that you've given up. You should really say you're agnostic." I told him that they are very different things and that "I won't say I'm something that doesn't apply." I then attempted to explain that I had not "given up" and, if any evidence surfaces during my lifetime, I would reevaluate my position. He didn't get it. I'm a little frustrated. 


To end on a happy note, I think TA is the bomb diggity. 

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Tags: devil, new, parents

Comment by William C. Walker on June 10, 2011 at 4:47pm
People EXPECT results from religion.  They just don't GET them.
Comment by Jeremy Wells on June 10, 2011 at 5:31pm
I was told today that I was wrong in my assumption that god should actually provide any verifiable results. My sister in law said that god will only provide wisdom to the people that seek him. I was informed that he was not up there to answer prayers. I don't know how I could have confused the verse that says, "Anything you ask the father in my name he will give you," but I am sure gladly she enlightened me with her wisdom.
Comment by William C. Walker on June 10, 2011 at 6:10pm
Jeremy, Friends you can chooses.  Relatives you take what you get.
Comment by Jeremy Wells on June 10, 2011 at 6:59pm
Actually I am lucky because I don't have to see her. She just chooses to enter into my wife's conversation to inform us that we are wrong for criticizing religion. This is the problem with religious people; they believe that THEIR religious beliefs are above criticism. They criticize other people's religion, but they take offense when those same criticisms are applied to their religion. It is funny how people want guarantees in every area of life, but when it comes to religion they are satisfied with blind faith and no results.
Comment by Heiko Knipfelberg on June 10, 2011 at 7:29pm
You're a free thinker, you believe in science which has all but definitively proven that it all started with the big bang. Science has proven that the earth is older than 6000 yrs. Man did not walk with dinosaurs. The earth revolves around the sun and the moon does not have its' own light. There is so much more and the religious continue to debate when the arguement has already been won.
Comment by Jack Frost on June 10, 2011 at 10:16pm
It seem's that we've all gone through it, I can only say it sound's like you've found a new family and friend's. BTW I love that DIGIDY thing.
Comment by James on June 10, 2011 at 11:39pm

Welcome to T|A!  :)


Sounds like it's yet another case of people not knowing the definitions of Atheist and Agnostic. But it sounds like your dad was having trouble understanding that you're actually BOTH. It's a pity that so many people still don't know some of the basics like this.  :(


My wife would have stopped her dead in her tracks on the whole Devil/Halloween thing. She's a Wiccan and hates having her biggest holiday stamped on, drug through the mud and lied about.

Comment by Loren on June 11, 2011 at 1:54am
Thank you for all of the comments, guys! It's good to know I'm not alone in this. :)


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