Why I'm Atheist summed up neatly by Marcus Aurelius:

“Live a good life. If there are gods and they are just, then they will not care how devout you have been, but will welcome you based on the virtues you have lived by. If there are gods, but unjust, then you should not want to worship them. If there are no gods, then you will be gone, but will have lived a noble life that will live on in the memories of your loved"

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Comment by Keith Konecny on May 29, 2013 at 4:22pm

i have always liked quotes like the one you posted, i have heard a great many along the same lines as this one.  I personally read "why i am not a christian" by bertrand russell around the age of 15 or so and it was the first time i had read ANYTHING with substance that actually mirrored how i ACTUALLY FELT inside this tiny brain of mine. AT THAT INSTANT i shook off the shroud of christian i had worn for my entire life and became who i am today.  ~rookie~

Comment by Ray R. on May 30, 2013 at 12:20am
I'm an atheist because there exists not one shred of evidence for the existence of any gods .
Comment by Cathy Cooper on May 30, 2013 at 12:34pm

I'm an atheist because of what I learned at college.  I started out as a theist.  Even though it didn't make sense to me, I still had "faith" going in.  However, after years of in depth study, I came to realize it was all a scam used to control and manipulate people.  It truly is the biggest lie ever told......

Comment by Sam Cattell on May 30, 2013 at 1:20pm

I was brought up a Pagan by parents and went to a Christian school and after a while just had more questions.  I was constantly in trouble at school for asking so many questions (Why am I going to hell if Hitler is going to heaven etc) I was young and perhaps a little less diplomatic than I am now. Eventually through college and then university realised their was MANY like-minded people. On a side note, how do you guys keep your cool when in a heated debate with a strong Theist? I struggle but bite my tongue, try and keep calm and eventually end up walking away frustrated and occasionally furious.

Comment by James Cox on May 30, 2013 at 10:21pm

Because all the other '-ists' where taken!

;p)

Comment by archaeopteryx on May 30, 2013 at 11:28pm

RE: "how do you guys keep your cool when in a heated debate with a strong Theist?" - it's simple, Sam - when in such a conversation, the more loud and excited my opponent gets, the more calm, soft-spoken and rational I become, which generally pisses them off even more.

There are ways to do the same thing with the written word.

Comment by Val Wuthrich on May 31, 2013 at 12:06pm
You can do that because reality trumps fantasy, I say.

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