I was born in Carthage. I live in Gordonsville and have lived various places in Smith County my entire life. I am from the home county of Al Gore, so there are a lot of "progressive Christians" around here but not very many non theists that I am aware of. I have only met one or two in the flesh. I only completed a high school level education and I now work a blue collar job at the local Wal-Mart. It can be mentally frustrating to live in an area with over 15 churches and two very small libraries, and no community of alternative minded individuals to speak of. I'd like to think it's made me a stronger, more aware person, at least mentally. I'm glad to be a part of this group.
I (among many others, I'm sure) share your frustration. I'm so close to Alabama, that we get our local TV news out of Huntsville. One station airs a piece they call "Focus on Faith" and it just makes me wanna puke. I'm sure it's too much to ask for a segment called "Focus on Reason" (or science, or logic), after all...who would be interested in that crap? This is one constant source of annoyance in my life. However, it is nice to go to the library and see a copy of "Origin of Species" or some other blasphemous publication prominently displayed for everyone to see.....it truely does my heart good. I'm glad you joined us here.
Speaking of libraries and book stores, I'm considering beginning a bit of a grassroots campaign in my community to stock more books with an atheist or non theist point of view. You can borrow a copy of the King James Bible at my town library, as well as hateful right wing propaganda by the likes of Ann Coulter or Glenn Beck, but you can't find a copy of the God Delusion or even Breaking the Spell.
I live in Livingston, TN which is not too far from Cookeville. I have to say that I'm pretty floored that there are so many of us in the area. I'm not exactly silent about my views (some say I'm pretty opinionated) and am constantly on the lookout for the lynching brigade. I am in college, have a hubby & two kids (all hold same beliefs) and a cat that holds the belief that he's the ruler of the house.
Hello fellow heathens and infidels. I am Greg, 46 years old, live in middle Tennessee and I am thrilled to discover Atheist Nexus. My story is rather simple. I actively sought God as a child and teenager, then about the age of twenty I realized that what I had long suspected was so, was true. Shortly thereafter I had a terrible accident that left me severely disabled. For about three months following my accident my unbelief wavered a bit, but was fully restored once the shock of my life-altering injury wore off. That was half my life ago, and yet, my dirty little secret remains just that, a secret. Only a few close friends know of my unbelief and I'm ok with that for now. But I am glad to find this website and look forward to getting to know some of my fellow Tennessee heathens.
well, my story, i was a pentecostal preacher from the day i turned 18, i fought the good fight, and kept the faith. but when i was studding to become ordained, i found somethings in the bible that didn't match up to my own morals, or logical thinking. the more i read and thought the more i decided it was Satan tempting me. so i decided to show my self just how right i was, so i logged onto youtube. i watched every atheist thing i could get my hands on, and the more i watched the more it made sense, and the less the bible seemed true. looking back now it's hard to believe, that i was a believer. i have read god is not great, by Christopher hitchens, godless, by Dan barker, the god delusion, and am currently reading the greatest show on earth, by Richard dawkings. looking back i no longer don't believe, i believe it's harmful, and dangerous. i don't believe jesus ever existed, and i think man made religion to justify their actions and control the masses.
my name is not jim jones, but i don't want anyone to ever forget. i was born and raised in Carthage Tn. and now live in brush creek tn. from my house I can walk to 5 different churches in less than a minute, and as it's been said, the library near here, you can check out a bible, but can't get anything on non-theism. as a former fundamentalist, i had a detox period, but i still know where they are coming from. i would actually love to meet someone near home, that understands it, and i'm very pleased to see so many people on here from Tennessee..