I have been an atheist my entire life, raised by atheists. A natural atheist if you will.

I actually went though an embarrassing long period of my adult life believing that most adults knew that there were no gods, that it was a pleasant fiction we all kept up to reduce children's night terrors, kind of like Santa Claus for death. Of course, I came to realize it fulfills that function for way too many adults.

That there are no gods is an established fact, just like the fact that the sun will rise tomorrow. There is no reason to belabor the point.

I have no interest in converting believers or joining the endless circular discussions concerning their beliefs. I hope this site will provide some interesting discussions without me having to explain my lack of belief every second post.

I am permanently disabled and no longer work. I have lots of time to kill. I am interested in science, economics, health care, politics and their intersections. I am interested in why people maintain their delusions in the face of facts, not just concerning religion.

My conservative friends consider me to be a liberal and my liberal friends consider me to be a conservative. I consistently voted for every President since Nixon when he won his first term and just as consistently voted against them when they ran for their second term; yes, even W., to my everlasting regret.

I don't believe we suffer from underhanded politicians who do not represent us. Rather we suffer from politicians who represent us all too well, with all of our irrational biases and constant expectations of getting something for nothing.

My disability includes the inability to touch type, slowing my response time. I hope you can make some small allowance for this and excuse me when I slow the discussion.

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If my husband and I have a child, they will be raised atheist as well. I would want them to have some understanding of religions and why people believe in them, let them go to a church, a temple, a mosque and so on so they can see believers of all kinds. I would do this when they are older, and let them see all the religions out there so they can make an informed decision to be an atheist. (if they come out anything other than atheist, we will still love them). I feel a child/teenager should have the opportunity to see what people believe. Most likely, since they will have been raised by atheists they will see beyond the whole "man in the sky" thing.

I feel that you were so lucky to have grown up with the most logical beliefs that there is. I just wish that more people were raised like you.
I agree Alex. I have raised my children to be freethinkers. They know that their Mother and I are both Atheists but that they are free to explore their own thoughts on the subject. As fate would have it they are all at least agnostic on the subject. They all realize the need to not offend anyone else’s beliefs at school or with other friends and the ramifications associated with expressing their lack of belief. We have had our fair share of issues to be sure.
It chills me to read about bullying by christian children, even more so if their parents didn't constrain them.

I in no way had a typical upbringing for an atheist kid.

I lived in 90%+ Jewish neighborhood. Since many Jews are atheists and only Jewish in the cultural sense, I didn't feel any ill will there because I was an atheist.

The Catholic High School I went to only had two religious categories, Catholic and Non-Catholic. The school raised money from the Jewish community and as a result reserved about 10% of their admissions for Jews. Because of where I lived I think most kids who didn't know me well thought I was Jewish. But the ones who knew I was an atheist, for the most part didn't seem to care.
My wife is Catholic and my two children were raised Catholic, including attending Catholic schools. This didn't bother me. The public schools are none too good in this part of the country (deep South US).

And besides I also went to a Catholic high school (because it was the best school I could get in and they offered me a tennis scholarship).

My parents felt like you, that I was going to live in a religious country and I needed to know about religion. We assume someday this will not be true, but for now, in the US, it is.

So far concerning my children I am breaking even. My 22 year old, beautiful, smart daughter is already rational having had her fill of religion by half way through high school. I still have high hopes that my 26 year old son, who is also highly intelligent (and beautiful!), can eventually drop the religion thing.
Welcome to the neighbourhood. Can't imagine that you will need to explain your atheism here. Like the rest of humanity I was also born an atheist, but just didn't find make believe friends needed to be necessary.

My god free teenage daughter looks and shakes her head at the religious world as I do. She had a good laugh the day I told her that people believe in a god. We definately don't live in the bible belt.

Enjoy your stay
Welcome Merkin.

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