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If I believed in a heaven, wouldn't I wish to get there as quickly as possible? I mean, why bother with the trappings…"
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"I did a little reading on this before and from what I gathered, the 2.5% figure for PETA is the very lowest it had and the 44% figure by the Virginia shelters was an all-time high, with average figures closer to double or triple that for PETA and…"
Raised as a member of the AUB (commonly known as the Allred Group), I deconverted at age 18 and became a full-fledged atheist/secular humanist around age 19. I'm dual majoring in Sociology and Gender Studies at the U.
You're probably right about us all being nerds here. Although, I tend to think of myself more as a geek, but the point remains valid. I'm not specifically trying to persuade nontheists of my views. I actually spend most of the time offline trying to persuade the "spiritual but not religious" crowd. They're usually my target market and I slowly dissuade them from supernaturalism of the various types. Although, I guess they too are a little turned off by the word religion. They generally agree that it is the level of organization, the form if you will, and not the content that defines religion.
As I say this, I realize that you might be right after all. I guess I am trying to persuade people generally that have been turned off by religion, because those that are happy with religion or seldom in the market for a new one, even a nonsupernaturalist one.
Ah, thanks for the correction. :) It was my assumption that atheists tend to be more skeptical.....or at least the ones who seek out other atheists to have discussions with.
The friend I was referring to in my story is actually atheistic towards the Christian god but still believes in the existence of souls and ghosts...I find that most people on these atheist websites are skeptical towards those types of things as well.
When I tell some people that I'm a skeptic, they assume that I mean "conspiracy theorist". Hahahaha.