I'm self educated. I have always had a passion for science and did well in school in all subjects relating to science except math. Chemistry allowed me to understand math because it showed me why and how it's true. I want to understand why things are the way they are not just accept that they are because they are.

I was recently asked by an old friend who knew me as a devoted Christian, what happened? "You had such a wonderful relationship with God. He was your father and we could all see how much you loved him and how he loved you.” This is my response. I didn't move away from God as you put it, or backslide, or run away because I was angry. The God that I believed in was never there in the first place. My belief was challenged by real events in the real world—which forced me to look beyond the belief and into reality itself and deal with what was true and what was just made up. By letting go of that belief in God, in computer terms, I simply uninstalled an application that tried to take over my hardware and not allow me to function as I was meant to function. As to the “father” … in my mind I had created the perfect father based on deficits in my own life. That father was passionate, gentle, hilarious, creative, sensitive, wise, devoted, loyal, and he loved me deeper than I loved myself. God joked with me, he called me Toots, he cuddled with me, he was physical in ways I wasn’t allowed to be as a gay man, and he comforted me when I was down. Yet when I needed him most—when the universe came at me with real-life stuff—like a meteor crashing to earth—God wasn’t there. And that’s because he was “never” there. I was there. As a writer, I create characters all the time, and they’re powerful to me. They “exist!” I laugh with them, I cry with ...
Comment: Wow that's a big and difficult program to delete. I think it's more closely related to a virus because programs delete and they're gone but a virus can be deleted and come back. It take more effort for the end user to get rid of. Congrats on pushing delete.
Do you believe in Bigfoot?
Comment: I believe in big feet but not bigfoot, well unless a person lost a leg then yes he might be called Bigfoot. As far as hairy gorilla-like men living in North America, I've seen a few of those myself but they were all homosapien.
Best place to live?
Comment: Well, best is relative. If you're super rich I would say Malibu CA.
I wouldn't be surprised if this question has been brought up here before, but does anyone care about whether people say Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays?
Comment: I'll say whichever comes to mind. I don't look at Christmas as a Christian Holiday. It is, in fact, going against God to celebrate Christmas the way we do. Jeremiah 10:1-5 "1 Hear the word which the LORD speaks to you, O house of Israel. 2 Thus says the LORD: Do not learn the way of the Gentiles; do not be dismayed at the signs of heaven, for the Gentiles are dismayed at them. 3 For the customs of the peoples are futile; for one cuts a tree from the forest, the work of the hands of the workman, with the axe. 4 They decorate it with silver and gold; they fasten it with nails and hammers so that it will not topple. 5 They are upright, like a palm tree, and they cannot speak; they must be carried because they cannot go by themselves. Do not be afraid of them, for they cannot do evil, nor can they do any good.”
Why are religious people on this site? What is their intention?
Comment: I met one who showed interest in meeting me, the picture was of a young girl in her 20s. First 20 something is not what I want second I'm not looking to get back into another relationship with a theist if at all possible.
Why do some atheist still use religious terms?
Comment: Not to be tactless, but I try to avoid saying things like bless you when someone sneezes, but I have said OH GOD! while climaxing after great sex. I find that to be just an idiom and not at all religious.
Who was raised as an atheist?
Comment: I was. My mother was Catholic but my Father won the battle over how I was raised. I was the Atheist kid in the neighborhood. It wasn't always fun but I dealt with it.
Can science and religion realistically be reconciled?
Comment: I used to say they were two separate things, but I discovered they are the same in the initial approach. They both ask the same questions, but here is the divide, science won't answer with here is the answer until the evidence is in and when evidence is inconclusive or not available the answer is we don't know. Religions will always insert God to all answers unknown, and when the answer becomes known, they fight back and deny for a while and then move the goal post again.
Have you ever been fired for being an atheist?
Comment: I was not fired, but I was passed over for promotion when I was clearly the more experienced candidate, and my track record was considerably better than Christian who got the job. When I asked my boss why I was passed up, he said it had to do with the fact that I didn't have kids. When I pointed out Allen (the guy who got the promotion) didn't have kids either all he said was "Well there you go" which meant nothing other than we're done get out of my office.
If you could nominate an Atheist to lead our nation, who would that be and why. Would gender or color matter?
Comment: Christopher Hitchens would make a great president when he was alive obviously.
Will you support the existence of an " Atheistic country" ?
Comment: Nope. I would fight and be willing to die fighting to prevent any law that imposes restrictions on thought even if I agree with those thoughts. Anyone voting yes really needs to rethink there position on this. This is a gift waiting to bite you in the ass.
What do you think of the term "Spiritual but not religious" ?
Comment: I have no issue with it anymore than I have with saying I'm religious or nonreligious. It's a label identifying what you feel best represents reality. I don't share that view with you but I have no problem with you holding that as a truth
Do you ever get used to loss?
Comment: I can't speak for getting used to loss, but I've gotten used to depression. I was so used to it I didn't even know I was depressed until my situation change.
Are you attracted to the bad boys or naughty girls?
Comment: I've been with both nice girls and naughty. Neither works for me a little of both is what I look for
My experience shows me that religious people use their religion to provide "floor values" and others to provide "ceiling values." Let me explain: Those who see their religion providing a base from which to grow and reach out to and include other different people. They tend to be more open-minded and less judgmental. On the other hand, those who see their religion as providing absolute limits in terms of beliefs and actions tend to fall into the "religious right" and to judge and try to control others. I find the latter group to be full of dislikes and "thou shalt nots, and I neither like or trust them. ...
Comment: The sad thing is that the people you describe as holding "ceiling values" are more true to their Christian faith than the others. The Westboro Baptist Church stands on solid ground within their religious interpretations.
What is Humanism to you?
Comment: Humanism is placing more importance on the well being of people and recognizing that a deity can't or hasn't interact due to it not existing or not caring. We approach problems with the intent to develop rational solutions grounded in evidence, not superstition.
Dear God, I know you are very busy: your inbox must be quite full of prayers. Luckily you do the “all knowing”, telepathic thing, so not all people have to write you…because five billion sheets of copy paper; that would form a stack 306 miles high, is a bit tough to get through in any day. Considering there are around two trillion galaxies, each containing several billion stars, presumably almost all containing habitable planets filled with life, I imagine you are a bit overwhelmed answering our requests for personal favours. Overwhelmingly important prayers, like granting favourable weather, tax relief or cures for impotence, might seem a bit mundane for some of our former Gods, but we know you love us so much; these will not seem unreasonable to you. I hope you still have a few minutes left in the day for creation. On the subject of creation; there is something I really need to understand about that book you wrote. Referring to the first three lines in Genesis…just how did you create the heavens and the earth first, as you say, without light? I am not saying you are purposely trying to mislead us, or that you lied but, I must say, in the last few hundred years we have learned a great deal about cosmology. We now know that light in the form of hydrogen burning, in the first stars, created all the heavier elements necessary to create the earth. I mean you are God, so maybe you have a few tricks up your tunic, but how did you even create a tunic without ...
Comment: That's hilarious. Did you write that or did you pull it off of a website? Either way it was well written
What is your Heaven?
Comment: My Heaven will not come in my lifetime, but it would be a day when humanity realizes that there is no need to pray or worship an invisible man in the sky, when borders drop around the world and when the resources of Earth are protected. My Heaven will include a world where (taking from Martin Luther King Jr.) we are judged on the content of our character and not by the color of our skin. My heaven is a world where education and the pursuit of happiness is the worlds credo. My Heaven is a dream that if not realized will leave us divided and vulnerable to annihilation. My afterlife is in the knowledge that humankind is my kin and as long as humanity exists the part I played in it will always be there
Evangelicals in Government
Comment: I fully agree with Paul628 on this. We have the numbers to stop it but we also can suffer from apathy and a lack of enthusiasm. We divide ourselves when our representative loses we give up or refuse to back the winner. Republicans don't suffer from this divide as often as we do.
As an agnostic or theist, do you fear death? If so, why?
Comment: I fear, dying far more than death. I accept that my mind will stop and everything that I am is to be left behind in a pile of chemicals returning to the Earth.
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