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Raised Atheist or left a religion?

Just windering how many people around on here were raised non-religious, as opposed to those who were raised in religion?

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Raised atheist. My father told me that god was like the tooth fairy for grown ups.

klang72 Level 4 Sep 13, 2018
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That is responsible parenting.

When my daughter was 8 I told her that Jesus was Santa Claus for grownups. She laughed.

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raised without religion by 2 white witches

weeman Level 7 Sep 13, 2018
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Wicca is a religion.

@ldheinz yes i know but they were the ones practicing it it doesnt accept children plus its bullshit made up in the 50s and i was 12 when they decided to join their friends coven

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I went to catholic school for 13 years. I always had little issues with their teachings, but as I became a teenager I drifted and eventually proudly identified as an Atheist.

slm8806 Level 2 Sep 13, 2018
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Grew up in a fundamentalist christian church but struggled with Christianity from the time i was about 16 or so. Abandoned belief in my early 20s.

Fenix Level 3 Sep 13, 2018
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Raised Catholic (Catholic school too) which was the beginning of my journey towards Atheism.

sassysapiosexual Level 6 Sep 13, 2018
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Got depressed and Left religion. It comes with superstitions which were absurd.

bhasker1122 Level 2 Sep 13, 2018
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Raised a cultural Jew by a mum who was booted out of her Orthodox family for marrying her goy boy. No love lost on her part, hence secular little me! My sons are the same - raised with a lean towards Jewish cultural identity, but none of the other rubbish.

texasgoddess Level 3 Sep 13, 2018
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Goy boy ... that's awesome! My mother (a shiksa) was married to an atheist Jew from Brooklyn. They got along great—had a good run of 20 years before he passed away from cancer—and I learned a lot about Jewish culture from my step-father. In addition, my wife and I have some good friends who have a 'mixed marriage' (she's Lutheran and he's Jewish). They hilariously refer to their adult kids, who were ‘multiculturally' raised, as LuJews—pronounced, 'Loo-Jews.' Too funny!

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i was neither raised an atheist nor left a religion. i was raised as a secular jew and realized at age 15 there were no gods. i didn't even think about not being a jew anymore; i'm still a jew. it's not actually a dealbreaker lol.

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genessa Level 7 Sep 13, 2018
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I was raised religious but I eventually escaped

omgwowsocool Level 6 Sep 14, 2018
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I left religion nearly 7 months ago. I was raised baptist by parents and considered becoming catholic until I decided become enlightened. And joined this community friendly and honest free thinkers. I mentioned this in several other posts that I wish I left the dark years ago or raised as a non believer. Religion is why I a number of issues.

freedom41 Level 6 Sep 14, 2018
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Left

skepticaljerk Level 3 Sep 14, 2018
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Raised Christian, but it never took. I kept waiting for proof that never came.

ldheinz Level 6 Sep 14, 2018
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I'm a recovering Catholic...did the private school thing through 10th grade.

mlucas12002 Level 3 Sep 14, 2018
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Raised Pentecostal and thankfully escaped.

jpouch1 Level 4 Sep 13, 2018
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Parents non practicing xians. I was the regular church goer in childhood. When I was eight My doubt grew as questions went unanswered.. by time I was 13, I was a non believer. Didn’t even know what an agnostic was. Became an atheist in my early 20’s. Raising my children that way.

Green_eyes Level 6 Sep 13, 2018
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Neither.

Born and christened in the church of England, but my dad said I needed to make up my own mind.

Despite my school's best efforts to convert me, I remained an atheist.

Uncorrugated Level 7 Sep 13, 2018
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I was raised but it was rather following the crowd especially if you live in a small town. My family is not that religious, my brother is also an atheist and parents are skeptical.

Agnieszka Level 5 Sep 13, 2018
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Neither. Religion literally wasn't discussed in our house. My grandma that I rarely saw took me to church a couple times and that was the extent of my knowledge of religion.
This actually caused me to be very, very confused about what I believed when I hit my late teens. I didn't know what an atheist or agnostic was, I didn't know not believing in God was an option, I didn't know how to pray. I tried talking myself to church a couple times because I thought that's what "good" people did. I hated going because the stuff they were spouting off made no logical sense to me.
It was actually George Carlin that shined a light for me that I desperately needed. I caught one of his stand-up specials one night on TV and it changed my view on life. I began researching this whole 'atheism' thing and for the first time all the mysteries of the universe made sense to me.

KatMalina Level 3 Sep 13, 2018
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I've always been atheist, but I was raised in a Christian family.
(They didn't know until two years ago.)

hrichardson8 Level 5 Sep 13, 2018
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I was raised in it. I was always a bad Christian, didn't really feel it.. But didn't lose faith completely until my mid 20s

Acseeley Level 5 Sep 13, 2018
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I was raised in religion... BUT DID LEAVE IT.

WeaZ Level 7 Sep 13, 2018
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I was raised a Christian with a fundamentalist tilt (anti-evolution, anti-homsexual, no ordination of women, etc.) but finally de-conveted in my 50's. The baggage was very weighty, but once it was thrown overboard, I was finally liberated. As a result of being brought up in such a faith, and memorizing large portions of the Bible, I now see the Bible for the sham that it is, and am likely biased in my views. Namely, that the Bible is a worthless piece of trash, and religion has, on the whole, been a net negative.

pnfullifidian Level 6 Sep 13, 2018
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Raised in an insane Pentecostal cult. Stopped believing such nonsense before the age of puberty.

Galihad_Z Level 6 Sep 23, 2018
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Raised by parents who were raised Catholic and Anglican, but never once pushed any kind of religious belief on me, nor did they tell my about any myths relating to a god or Jesus. There were the very rare, "C'mon, get dressed, we're going to church" kinds of things, that were mostly for community show I believe, not a single reason was ever given as to why.

Byrdsfan Level 7 Sep 19, 2018
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Neither one. I was raised xtian, but it never took.

ldheinz Level 6 Sep 19, 2018
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