The Ramblings of a 17 Year Old Atheist

As many of you who read my introduction already know I am an atheist, and 17. Many of my peers believe that at the age of 17, I am too young to make such a decision. To which I respond, "If I am too young to decide there is no god, than aren't you too young to decide there is one?" This is the moment when they get quiet and just kind of stare at me for a short while before walking away accepting defeat. My point is that I believe that an individual is NEVER too young to decide whether or not they believe in a god or gods. Even if someone decides at a young age to become atheist I can't fully expect them to stay atheist. When I was 12 I decided I wanted to be atheist only to fall back into Christianity a couple months later.

I then became atheist again at the age of 15 and have been since then. Honestly, I cannot see myself ever believing in the existence of a god again. The idea of a god just seems too absurd to me and I do not see that changing. Anyway, I have a Harmonica sitting next to me begging to be played and i'm hungry. I don't know who, if anyone at all will read my blog, but I will continue to post off and on anyway with anything that might be on my mind. I thank anyone who does take the time to read this short excerpt from my thoughts.

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Comment by kris feenstra on April 4, 2013 at 3:16am

I imagine your friends view it as a decision to abandon faith as opposed to a realization you no longer believe. From that perspective, it may seem like you wouldn't want to make such a drastic change while young, but from my perspective as a person raised without religion (though I was exposed to it as a child) not believing just isn't a big deal at all whether your are seven, seventeen, or seventy.

But if people understood you and your beliefs too well, wouldn't that be robbing you of a proper teenage experience? Hell, even at thirty I still get treated like I'm wet behind the ears by about half the population based on my age alone.

Comment by Jorita on April 4, 2013 at 3:42am

My son is 19 and he told me he started to not believe at age 11 as he found the bible to be cruel, after his teacher read to them at school, and he was so glad we did not live in biblical times anymore. I have always aloowed them to make the desicion for them selfes and me being Atheist was never a factor as I never forced my view onto them but I did tell them to question everything in life and to read not just the bible but other books, my son is now reading the God delusion and has made up his mind about religion and calls himself Atheist.  My daughter 15 is now also starting to talk more about what she does not believe, I don't discuss or force my non belief onto them and they are in the company oif christians every day. If anything the christians in there life are as my daughter put it making it so much simpler for her to make up her mind , and to except that their is no god

Comment by Suzanne Olson-Hyde on April 4, 2013 at 5:09am
Welcome Kyle -If I am too young etc - excellent answer.
Comment by Ron Humphrey on April 4, 2013 at 6:41am

Your answer is wise beyond your years.

Comment by futilethewinds on April 4, 2013 at 11:16am

Hey, I knew when I was 8 that I was an atheist and nothing could change that. 17 is grown-up by comparison!

Comment by Real Life James Bond on April 4, 2013 at 3:43pm
I was raised in an agnostic manner, that swayed more toward Atheism. I had a kids bible, but my mom showed it to me as more of a mythical story. As a young child learning how to read it was in the same category as Humpty Dumpty. I do think that young kids shouldn't be exposed to religion until they can begin to comprehend what it actually is. I think they should read the bible (the actual bible, not the kids one) or other religious doctrines that they are interested in before making such a decision. I think the same goes with Atheism. There are extremely complex ideas on both sides and if a kid cannot comprehend such ideas then they shouldn't be taught these ideas until they can comprehend them. I guess what I'm trying to say is that wee should teach kids TO LEARN rather than HOW TO LEARN.
At any rate, I guess I rambled a bit myself, I suppose its contagious xP
Welcome to TA!
Comment by Kyle Barton on April 4, 2013 at 4:04pm

@Real Life James Bond Very well put, I think I would tend to agree with you. I think one of the issues with religious parents is that they want to teach their kids that god is real at a young age, instead of letting the children decide on their own when they are older. Not saying that is necessarily wrong. I don't want to tell people how to raise their kids when I am still technically a kid myself. I personally do not agree with it. My mother (before she became atheist) used to try to force me to go to church and it just drove me nuts!

Comment by Alan C on April 8, 2013 at 1:35pm

Anyone with a modicum of intelligence and enough wit to question the christian scriptures can make the decision to believe in god and the bible or not.  I went to Sunday school from the age of four to the age of six, I have a book somewhere that was a prize for regular attendance.  I was a precocious, argumentative brat!  Not much has changed...

I remember being excluded from lessons many times for being disruptive because I argued over things that patently were not true and for saying things like "but that's not what you told us last week, was last week a lie?"  I took things a little too literally and skeptically for the church's method of teaching.  I used to go with my big brother, five years my senior, he used to despair of me!

Comment by Bradley Newman on May 24, 2013 at 5:58pm

Every body at my school in Georgia hate me for being athiest

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