"The claim that religion is needed for social cohesion is one argument I've heard quite a few times from those who think religion is important to society. But I think meeting places like Secular Hub prove that people can get together and have a…"
"Here I had to vote for some local offices that I had no idea, even after googling them, of really what they stood for (I ended up voting against the one who said he went to a Christian university like it was a good thing. Other than that, just two…"
"The problem with the picture he sets forth is that it is true for a very small fraction of Christian intellectuals and leaders. Most people of faith--including most of the leadership--whether Christian or some other religion, really do honestly…"
"Or International Talk Like a Pirate Day or Towel Day. There's even a Darwin day. All these days are well and good and fun, but I feel we ought to be careful of self segregation. To borrow some language from the Christians: Yes, we do need to…"
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"In addition to the issues you have enumerated, a problem I noticed even when I was still a christian, was that many of the "converts" they win were already a member of an indgenous christian church, usually Catholic. Now I suppose if you…"
"Personally, I disagree with the the "Parents...SHOULD be," although you are right that they are. People are not somehow more evil than they were back in the day, rose colored glasses notwithstanding, and despite what we hear from the if it…"
"I tend to think some cultural things with superstitious origins are harmless and "just polite" like saying "bless you" after someone sneezes. I suppose it's similar to how I'd fight tooth and nail against any new…"
I gradually moved out of Christianity starting in High School, but I didn't actually start to self identify as a non-believer till 2003 when one night, after I had been reading "The Science of Good and Evil" by Michael Shermer, I was laying in my bed and I finally said to myself "there is no god." (at that point, I guess you could have called me a Deist) It was oddly liberating to finally admit it, and all the cognitive dissonance collapsed within my mind and the compartmentalization disappeared. Now, 10 years later I'm back in school pursuing Biology degree with the intention of following through to become a scientist and do my part to add to the sum of human knowledge.
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Hi Chad That's a fine story of yours. Congratulations and welcome to this world of rationality and peace, where in the end pure common sense is enough to lead to the freethinking wisdom common to non-believers and critical thinkers like you and us. We invite you to join the busy group "ORIGINS: Universe, Astronomy, Life, Earth, Humans, Religion, Gods, Atheism, Evolution, Darwin..." with 730 discussion topics and 3700 members. http://www.atheistnexus.org/group/originsuniverselifehumankindanddarwin Terry