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What made you an atheist/agnostic?

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I went to a catholic private grammar school... and an all girl catholic high, creative thinking skills kicked in in sophomore year... and it was over.... especially after a particularly disturbing sermon asking for more money by a priest that looked like a sow, and wore a toupee. My mom got her money's worth after all!! ??

catholics make the best atheists Lol!

@Bierbasstard Yeah... and unscathed by all the abuse. But then I was the ultimate nonconformist... so I was a predator's nightmare with my strong personality. Because t recently I watched The Keepers..... and now simply loathe ANY religion... because it's not only catholics that victimize children... and the weak... it's all religions. They look for products of parents that teach their children to never question church "teachings."


Spotlight is a good movie. I like Leah Remini's scientology series too.

Yeah, in 11th grade I renounced my belief in chrisr. The rest of my time there the friars referred to me as that pagan. Lol!

@Bierbasstard I'd hazard to say they'd be the second best coming in behind those who were educated but not indoctrinated from birth.

@Bierbasstard Jeez mate, you only got the 'pagan' bit, you mustn't have trying all that hard then...LOL.
I copped everything from Pagan to Heathen, Devil's Spawn, Heretic, Anti-Christ and heaps more besides BUT hey I got EXPELLED from every Sunday School my 'mother' forced to go to, plus every School Scripture Class as well and all because I asked questions they couldn't/ wouldn't answer.


Exactly. They introduced world religions and I had one question. What makes ours better than any of theirs? The answer? Faith. Yeah... Nope.

Shcool was something that I did for six hours a day. Nothing in my life outside of that was religious.

@Bierbasstard My family celebrates holidays and traditions. one ever shoved down my throat; I merely learned my parents following traditions... and i still love celebrating Easter, Xmas and.... that's it. lol We cook and drink... and catch up on life. the old folks go to . ?


God fails me and many others, ignoring injustice, and allowing suffering of many while few live in opulence.
If he/she/they are/is real they are not worth worshipping, but logically deities are just not practical to believe in for any reason.


When I was able to admit he was a hateful asshole (god), nonbelief came easily.


Every religion seems to be a business, some obvious and some more subtle. I was raised in the Roman Catholic religion, one of the worse. When I visited Rome, I went to Vatican City State. While their art was truly beautiful ... I was struck by the fact that, if they were REALLY Christians, they could use their opulent wealth to end poverty worldwide. The gold in and on St. Peter's Basilica, stolen in wars centuries ago, alone could help millions of people.


To quote one of my heroes "Faith is the excuse used to justify a position when there isn't any evidence" (Matt Dillahunty). To be expected to believe in a sky daddy that will punish you forever for not believing in something for which there is no evidence at all is ludicrous.

Carlin in one of my favorite. He claimed he had as much authority as the pope, just not as many followers.


Agnostic - when I was 11 and I got into a wicked fight with my best friend over conflicting verses in the bible. I knew there was something wrong with the bible and the christian religion, but I still believed in an element of spirituality well into my adult years. Surprisingly, my son chose to be an atheist when he was 11 and saw the hypocrisy in people. I always supported this choice he made.

Atheist - Eight years ago I became a faculty member at a prestigious, private, christian university. For 6 years I was marginalized, purposely set up to fail, and abused in the work place. I reported it, with documentation, and was retaliated against by the leadership and forced out. I have had bouts of PTSD, although they are getting rarer, and after 2 years I have recovered, although not fully. Since then I have rejected all religion, all spiritual beliefs, and openly acknowledged I am an atheist. When people ask me why I don't believe in god, I respond, "The abuse I endured at the hands of christians proved to me there was no god."

I will say, letting go of all of the beliefs and nonsense associated with organized religion has been one of the best decisions of my life.


It's how christains treat the gay community, the contridictions in the bible, how screwed up the world is, and a family member telling me I was going to hell if I became an catholic(I was baptist). SO, I decided to free myself from the bs. I have been happier since.


Common sense.


I was born an atheist.


Logic and Reason


Things I was being told in a confirmation class when I was 12 sounded like bullshit. It was.


When I was young I didn't give it any thought so I can't say that I was a believer but as I got into my teens and started thinking about it I found that it made no sense.


Participating in a war.


Religion made me atheist!


I was born into a Mormon family and raised to be a Moron (oops, Mormon). As an adult I decided to study the prophecies of Joseph Smith (founding prophet of the Moron church), in order to convince others that he was a true prophet. Instead, the more I studied, the more I discovered that his prophecies did not consistently come true. (Even a false prophet can guess right part of the time.) I found several false prophecies, and concluded that Joe Smith was a fraud. At that point I left the Moron church.

Later, I put the biblical prophets through the same test, and got the same results. Every major prophet in the Buybull made some predictions that failed to come true, and the time for their fulfillment has passed. Therefore, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel and Daniel are all as fraudulent as Joe Smith. I also found quite a few contradictions in the Bible, and evidence that parts of the Bible (notably Matthew, for example) appear to be satirical. Christian friends and family had me reading various books on apologetics, but all the arguments were flawed or weak. Seeing no good evidence that any gods existed, I became an atheist.


Because through out history, Religion has caused nothing but pain and suffering.


Being raised evangelical!


No one is made atheist or agnostic. We're all born atheist. People are made religious through brainwashing and indoctrination. I was brought up as a southern baptist. I knew from my early teens it was bullshit but I was still forced to go to church.


Lack of evidence, suffering of people,impedes human progress.psychological damage blind faith,


Belief is irrational when held for any other purpose than to avoid cognitive overload during a normal day. Even the moderately curious human being will realize soon that there is only one rational position to hold. Believe nothing other than the mundane (explanation available on request). Accept nothing without sufficient supporting objective evidence and when one does accept anything, one should always allow for the future possibility that it may be wrong. Think critically about and question all things.


Nothing. It’s the default position.


I was born a freethinker, religion is taught so is atheist/agnostic.


I could write a book on that one, it is a huge part of my autobiography. Long story short - I had doubts for so long that I ignored because being a good christian mom/wife was what I needed to be for the life I had. When the disconnect between who I was and how I was living started to get increasingly uncomfortable, and I could no longer stuff down the truth I had to make changes. I got a divorce and then had to acknowledge the Xian church does really not have a role for middle aged divorcees. They just don't fit in the picture. So being away from the weekly brainwashing allowed all the truth to surface and I had to find a new identity and I embraced my heathen side.


I was skeptical from the beginning, and the more and more i knew about universe, religion and bible the less i believed.

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