"Unrelated to the trial, but everyone thinks God thinks what they think. Social scientists have found correlations between beliefs of God and individuals, and if you change an individual's beliefs, it also changes what he or she thinks God…"
"Me, too! The fun parts of Easter (the eggs, bunnies, candy, spring, etc. part) and Christmas (essentially every single thing except the nativity and being dragged to a religious service) are entirely secular. BTW, I could go on and on…"
"I'm considering homeschooling my own children because I am a better teacher than many, many of the ones I had in school. I think that kids can be better educated at home, depending on the quality of the teacher and the temperament of the…"
"My husband's family is Catholic (my MIL goes to church more than just one time a week, my SIL is a Catholic blogger and before that was the church administrator, and the whole family is EXTREMELY active in the church). Perhaps the dynamic…"
"I wasn't angry or anyting when I found out, although I did not do a good job keeping the truth from my little brother. I actually started questioning religion as a result of Santa and the rest being lies, which isn't likely to happen…"
I'm an atheist and a humanist. I study social psychology (science of social behavior and interactions) and judgment/decision making at Ohio State, which has informed my beliefs to a large extent. My experience is different from many other atheists, because my family (even my VERY Catholic in-laws) and friends don't seem to mind. In fact, my sister-in-law is a fairly well known Catholic women's blogger and author and I did a series of guest blogs about being atheist on her blog. The kind of experience I've had, even with the very religious is overwhelmingly positive. I think that people are mostly good and have similar values; there's not much difference between religious and not religious except in belief. Everyone makes decision errors and has irrational beliefs, religion is a particularly common one.
Ohio State University: '06 BS, '08 MA
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