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What made you an atheist/agnostic?

Hey! I have never used my account here, so I decided to make a question for a start. Consider me to be new.

Edit: Holy shit, I was not expecting such feedback. Thanks guys!

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Child rape. I was Roman Catholic for years. I could accept all the bullshit fairy tales, but then when the child molestation cover up happened,,, I said, "wait!,,, talking ? Snake, Noah's arch, 6,000 year old earth, walking on water, virgin birth"... All bullshit!

Coffeeman Level 7 Apr 22, 2019
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Anyone know how to edit our posts? I just noticed mine is full of errors.

The three bars beside "reply" will give you that option

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Since I was a child I was skeptical

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Since I was a child I was skeptical

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If god is real, god sucks. You're a cutie.

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For me it was knowledge in biology and social theory that led me to the path of secular humanism. I enjoyed some of the life lessons I learned from Scripture as a Luthetan but was turned off by the absolutism of an arbitrary Creator that reflected the extreme ego of humanity to have a permanent life with only one ruler. I did not want to be restricted to that black and white faith-driven way of thinking, and many elements of the Old Testament merely seemed like rules from a bygone age, especially concerning sacrificial rituals and fastings.

There is also a power struggle by religions to gain followers and ignore the will of individuals. The increasing Christian radicalism and selfish interference in developing countries disgusts me tremendously, but it is the fundamentalist Christian blacklisting of scientific fact that has completely derailed my confidence in the Church. One doesn't need to have religion in order to have a moral compass, and I feel I learned all the lessons from experience and Scripture that are both relevant and meaningful.

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My mother and father by the act of procreation.

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Brought up Catholic and have always struggled with my faith. Finally light bulb moment, its because I don't believe. I did not turn into a pillar of salt or had lightening strike me. I felf free; sort of what it must feel like a gay person coming out of the closet. I'm looking for a group that may believe in a higher power, but not all the "stories."

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I was never baptized and never really made to go to church ( A couple times as a child but only because my grandparents were watching me and that’s where they were going ) but religion and specifically Christianity were always around me. My stepmother turned into a bible thumper soon after my brother was born. I was 14. My mother turned super religious while battling alcoholism in my late teens. Also, being a voracious reader, I had read the Bible in my early 20s, just to say I had read it. But in my late 20s I thought I was in Love with a hard-core born-again Christian. for three months I sincerely tried to believe the way she did. It didn’t work out needless to say. I realized how much shame and guilt and low self-esteem are a major part of believing in this stuff. And also the rejection of reason. Also the blind faith in utterly ridiculous notions. I went from agnostic to atheist in my early 30s.

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Personal trials at first. Well, sort of (they made me angry at God). But logic kicked in a year or so later.

I went from anger, to acceptance of a likely void.

Mb_Man Level 6 Feb 20, 2019
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Being raised evangelical!

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

Byrdsfan Level 8 Feb 20, 2019
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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.

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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.

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

thislife Level 7 Feb 17, 2019
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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.

RickSeal Level 2 Feb 17, 2019
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Lack of evidence, suffering of people,impedes human progress.psychological damage blind faith,

ml58n2 Level 5 Feb 17, 2019
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I credit my parents’ decision not to indoctrinate me into a belief system with the the way I think today. Moreover, negative experiences with children who belonged to a faith (Christianity, in particular) when I was young made me question the self-righteousness of orthodox religions.

Consequently, having studied religion as an adult (just to get into their headspace and to understand the psychological aspects of why one chooses to invest everything in fantastic and highly-improbable claims and scenarios), I could never become a bot.

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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.

Grayghost Level 6 Feb 17, 2019
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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.

davers Level 6 Feb 17, 2019

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

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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.

linxminx Level 7 Feb 17, 2019
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Participating in a war.

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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.

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Nothing. It’s the default position.

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Logistics!!...so many gods...and some drugs...never mind...?

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