Do you regularly meet up with other atheists/agnostics? I do about once a week. I love the fact that I can speak about my atheism with others that are like-minded. I have actually found out that there are several different groups fairly close to where I live, and I live in the bible belt (Texas.) One group I meet with is a social/activist group. The other is actually a book club for atheists and Christians. One month we discuss an atheist book. The next month we discuss a Christian book.
I'd love to have an atheist/christian book club, JEALOUS!
Almost every day I chat with various atheist/agnostic friends or acquaintances.
My dog park friends are very liberal and mostly atheist or agnostic. People I got to university or library events are 100% agnostic except one serious atheist.
Hey, I'm an extrovert. I feel weird if two days go by and I don't have a good chat.
I have found a group that meets once a week near me but I haven't had time so far to go to a meeting. I do want to however. I'd love to sit and have a conversation with adults and know that there shouldn't be any awkward religious statements that I have to pretend to agree with. I usually just don't say anything or try to change the subject. I know many folks would be shocked it they knew how I believe.
We have meetups twice per month, all wonderful and intelligent people from different backgrounds, age groups, and skill sets; by coincidence, we mostly share the same political views too, so that helps. We also do a community trail cleanup once a month (not in Winter) as a group; during Summer, we also do activities like hiking and camping. It's nice to spend time with like-minded people, then again, I don't exactly live in a Bible belt, I can only imagine what a relief it must be for you to have that connection.
Interesting. When I get back to the US, I plan to use the Facebook meet up/dating app to meet like-minded people at local events of mutual interest.
I don't really care if a group is "atheist" or "agnostic" because most educated people in Lexington, KY, are already liberal.
Also, I have no wish to read or discuss "atheist" or "religious" books. When I read, I read for my pleasure, and not to prove any points.
I live in a rural area near Waco, TX and do not know of any such groups near me. I might like to attend one to see if I would be interested. However, I am a loner and an introvert and prefer to be by myself most of the time, but I am capable of being social, only for a limited amount of time.
I watch a lot of Atheistic Programs on You Tub of which there are many and they have great debates. Christopher Hitchens, Bart Ehrman, Matt Dillehunty, and the rest that pop up. I also read other interesting Books on the "Lost Gospels , Gospel of St, Thomas, and the discoveries at Nag Hadammi.
I could never understand the fact the the Four Evangelists were Illiterate Fishermen who could not read of write and that their Gospels are written thru hand me down oral interpretations 200 yrs. or later after their demise. To get into the Historicity of the Bible is fantastic reading and to begin you only have to go You Tube and you will find all the sources, Books, Authors, and arguments by the persons whom I have listed above.
Sorry if you've seen me write about this before, Unitarian Universalist Churches are a way to connect with non-believers. You'll find some woo-woo people who believe in crystal power or worship tinfoil hats, but IME the wooiest get peer pressured to be less woo. You'll find an occasional liberal Christian who can't hang with idiots, unfortunately my UUs token Christian died this year.
Here's what the national UU says about atheism/agnosticism. [uua.org]
"People with atheist and agnostic beliefs find a supportive community in our congregations. We are pro-science, pro-reason, and pro-Evolution. We know there is no "one right answer" when it comes to belief, and we don't let that stop us from taking action for a better world. We build a community that welcomes us in our wholeness, cherishes our doubts, and invites our ongoing search for truth."
There's no doctrine, but here's the Seven Principles every UU espouses
1st Principle: The inherent worth and dignity of every person;
2nd Principle: Justice, equity and compassion in human relations;
3rd Principle: Acceptance of one another and encouragement for spiritual growth;
4th Principle: A free and responsible search for truth and meaning;
5th Principle: The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large;
6th Principle: The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all;
7th Principle: Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.