You're to young to be an atheist wait until your older.

I have lived in a house were religion isn't very prominent. Church always took second place to sports and as me and my brothers grew older we started to only go on Christmas and Easter. When I was younger I would always despise going to church but I had been taught that god was real and so was heaven and hell. Well by the time I hit about 13 I started thinking about atheism. There was a boy in my class who was an atheist and from an atheist family. I laughed at him once for saying "Thank God I'm An Atheist". He was the one that showed me that god doesn't have to exist. I always knew there were other religions but I never considered one that didn't believe in a god. After contemplating it I realized I could not for the life of me find a reason to have faith. It seemed illogical at this point. At fourteen I had declared myself an atheist. Living in Canada is much better then say living in Texas in terms of acceptance for atheist and acceptance from family. So my family eventually got wind of my atheism and my dad talked to me about it. I was surprised because I didn't even think he was that religious at all . He told me I was only 15 and there was some things I don't understand. He said I was a Christian and when I was older and I have read the bible I could make that choice.

I am here to ask you what you think. Am I too young have I rushed into this? I try to look for god but I have never found him. I don't understand religion it all seems so silly and illogicall but I am at the know it all stage of my life so maybe I haven't thought this through like I should have. Thoughts ?

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Comment by Graham on January 21, 2012 at 9:31am

The idea that one can be too young to be an atheist is absurd.

You are BORN atheist. You have no belief in a god, because no-one has put that idea into your head yet. The truth is that you're too young to be a Christian, or a Muslim, or a Jew, or a Buddhist, etc. You won't be old enough to choose those ideas until you're capable of evaluating those (frankly preposterous) assertions for yourself. And when you are - it's VERY likely that you'll reject them, and remain atheist.

And that's what all religions are terrified of. The Jesuits used to say "Give me the boy until he's 7, and I'll give you the man". By the age of 7, a child is so indoctrinated that it's hard for them to abandon their indoctrination.

Comment by james d on January 21, 2012 at 9:52am

i think that it is time for people to understand that atheism is the DEFAULT state we are born with and that religion is something we have to twist our rational brain activity about to accept! tell your dad that you are comfortable with your decision and that if your position changes, you will let him know!

Comment by Elisha K. on January 21, 2012 at 9:55am

To me, Atheism is just a natural step in a child's development. I was raised Catholic, my mother and my sister avid church goers. We liked to do the potlucks and all three of us were in the choir. It was something we did together. When I was about 13 I decided that I didn't really agree with the Catholic god. (And no, it wasn't anything the church did, my priest actually told me 'Well, if you don't believe, don't come.' in a very jovial tone. He is a good man, we still talk). 

But, basically, as you grow up, you stop believing in fairy tales, Santa Clause and boogie is leaving your faith any different? Just keep educating yourself. Read voraciously and debate and talk. Never stop learning about religion, atheism, and science. 

Comment by Michael R on January 21, 2012 at 9:58am

Same age when I stopped having anything to do with religion and I'm now 52. I never looked back. You are not too young.

Comment by Shockwave Plasma on January 21, 2012 at 12:38pm

Robert Karp has written exactly what I would have said. Now actually is the time to learn about how religion is used and abused, The more you learn about it, the better you can answer Christians silly questions, or statements.

At 13 I was heading towards the New Age path, and that was such a mistake that I'm still paying for now.

Comment by Unseen on January 21, 2012 at 2:19pm

If you're too young to be an atheist, you're too young to adopt a religion. There's your argument.

Comment by John Kelly on January 21, 2012 at 4:05pm

Unseen wrote:

"If you're too young to be an atheist, you're too young to adopt a religion. There's your argument."


Comment by Ron V on January 21, 2012 at 5:37pm

How can you be too young? Really we are all born atheists but are then indoctrinated/brainwashed by our cultures.

And, you should read the Bible - it is the most damning literature against the Judeo-Christian god (one of the most petty, jealous, destructive, schizophrenic, narcissitic, genocidal, misogynistic buttwipe human fabrications, in my opinion)

Comment by Becca on January 21, 2012 at 8:36pm

You are never too young to be an atheist and think for yourself. I never really believed even when I was as young as 5 and 6, I remember not really understanding religion and showering my relatives with questions. I tried to believe for a while since religion seemed so important to those around me and well you see how that worked out. I've essentially been atheist my whole life it's just I didn't have the word for it until I was 15 or 16.

Comment by Dustin on January 21, 2012 at 9:40pm

One of my 13 year old students is an atheist and I have her sight read hymns out of a bible because they are actually really good studying material and we joke around about the lyrics to the hymns - she laughs out loud at some of them - she has been called a devil worshipper before when she used to live in the south and her other teachers 'found out about it'.

It's a shame that adults are so condescending towards young adults and think they can't 'think for themselves'...when a lot of the time, young adults are more free thinking than many adults I have seen.  

NEVER listen to anyone who says you are too young to come to your own conclusions.  Although your father most likely loves you to death and means well,  I know that he is mistaken here.  

Lucky you aren't in more of a fundamentalist household though, be happy about that!


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