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Comment by TNT666 on December 31, 2009 at 5:40pm
LOL, I considered the devil a much more interesting fantasy than gawd! I too considered super powers to crush the bullies around me. That was my first "hypothesis testing" :)
Funny the things we'll try with a young open and naive mind :)
Comment by The 502 on December 31, 2009 at 5:35pm
I remember being so confident that there was no god around the age of 11 or 12 that I prayed to the devil to give me the power of flight in exchange for my soul.

I still can't fly. :)
Comment by TNT666 on December 31, 2009 at 5:30pm
Ha, I also prayed once around the age of 14, I had a crush on this guy :) Around that time 2 girls I hung out with were trying convert me, so I figured I'd test the hypothesis :)
Comment by qıƃ ɟ ǝıɔɐɹʇ on December 31, 2009 at 2:33pm
I don't think I ever believed in any spooks, but I did make a private half-hearted attempt at prayer just one time to see if it would work (I wanted to make my sister not be retarded).

I memorized a huge pile of bible verses that are often used as prayers and recited them in order to win a bible at around age 10. But then I stood silent when expected to utter them later. And I was privately very annoyed at every similar occasion from about age 12.
Comment by Susan Stanko on December 31, 2009 at 9:51am
I believe in Santa, the Easter Bunny and the Tooth Fairy. At least there was evidence for those. I think I stopped believing in those things when I was 10
Comment by D.O.S on December 31, 2009 at 8:55am
TNT666: I only believed very briefly. I have an older brother who took care of that for me. I don't remember him telling me directly. If I remember right he got me to stay/woke me up to take a peek at "Santa." In some ways I grew up fast too. I've been burying people I care about ever since I can remember. I know I never believed in a hereafter despite buying into some other silly notions, at least briefly. Beliefs are funny things. :)
Comment by B-Girl on December 30, 2009 at 10:47pm
I don't remember believing in S.C., the E.B. or the T.F. either, likely I did for a while, but must have stopped fairly young. What I remember is pretending to believe in S.C. because I thought that if my parents knew I didn't believe, then I would get fewer presents (I was being practical and greedy), same goes for the E.B. and T.F. I didn't really have to pretend to believe in god, because we didn't talk about it in my house and did not attend services. The first time it ever became an issue was when we visited relatives for xmas one year and my aunt asked me to say grace. I had no clue what to say. Luckily, I felt safe going to my mother and telling her I didn't know what to say for grace. She helped me make something up that I felt okay saying. I didn't officially come out to my parents as a non-believer until about 10-12 years later and a few years after that my mother admitted her non-belief. Most of the family has no idea we do not believe (my father has never said anything one way or another about religion, but I am fairly certain he doesn't believe either, since he is very scientifically minded, was not really taught religion as a child [big family feud about it when he was a baby] and always looks very uncomfortable when attending religious weddings).

I still get gifts from S.C. some years, but J.C. and the big G have never given me anything. I tried to believe in them, gave them every opportunity to get me to believe, but they never responded. The E.B. even listened - when I left him a note asking to not get any Cadbury Cream Eggs (yeach!), I didn't get any of them. Helpful that the things I ask S.C. and E.B. for, are things that can be bought in a store, and I always left their notes where my folks could see them. The stuff I asked J.C. and the big G for were things that couldn't be bought, but were things that someone as powerful as folks said they were supposed to be, would be in well within their power.
Comment by TNT666 on December 30, 2009 at 7:02pm
Santa's a weird one. Of course it may be a matter of perception, but I'm pretty sure I am and always was a non Santa believer. I asked my mom once and she doesn't remember me ever believing... yet my brother and sister did, for only til age 7-8 or so. I was a pretty precocious child, toilet trained by 9 months... Maybe I just grew up way too fast :)
Comment by D.O.S on December 30, 2009 at 6:52pm
I think there are more Atheists out there that have always been basically non-believers. I don't think you can count children under the age of 8 or so as being theistic or atheistic. How many "believed" in Santa or fairies when they were really little? I don't view myself as a non-Santa believer. Once I actually thought about things I realized there was no supernatural.
Comment by The 502 on November 28, 2009 at 9:19am
Hello everyone, I've also found myself to be a rarity (at least here in the states) that I've been an atheist since birth. My parents are both believers, but neither goes to church. (Mom was raised Luthern and Dad was raised Catholic) I remember thinking about the existence of a god when I was very young and thought it was pretty silly. I found out more about people's beliefs as I got older, and I couldn't find any reason to think that they were no different than kids who believe in Santa Claus.

When I reached my 20's I was pretty vocal about how strange the whole idea of belief was. Later on I found out that my brother was a non-believer, too. When we were at a family gathering, the two of us were discussing Michael Newdow's court case trying to remove 'In God We Trust' from our currency. My parents seemed upset that neither of us believed in God. I never knew them to be strong believers, but they never discussed anything about it with us as kids. I think they just assumed we'd believe.
 

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