"It seems to me that some pretension is a way of trying to impress someone. The art lover is trying to sound (or be) superior. The religious are being pious, or holier than thou, or perhaps they are scared of seeking the truth (or prohibited from…"
To sleep: perchance to dream: ay, there's the rub;
For in that sleep of death what dreams may come
When we have shuffled off this mortal coil,
Must give us pause: there's the respect
That makes calamity of so long life;"
"Bias seems to infect their every thought, and I don't mean just the obvious things like bias against gays, atheists, etc. Just thinking skewed toward belief instead of impartial judgement. Ken Ham (from Answers in Genesis) would unashamedly…"
"I was fairly similar, to be honest. Pretty much unafraid to speak about my other opinions (including my political opinions if anyone asks!) but rarely did I speak about my faith, except during one brief period towards the end of my believing years…"
"In that sense it makes perfect sense. I didn't do a lot of challenging either in my youth. Of course there were repercussions which no doubt discouraged it (in my case at least). Fortunately, there was an internal challenge to what I was being…"
Thanks for the reply. When I said "brainwashed", I was referring to the indoctrination (that starts at a very early age) that is so effective that one doesn't challenge anything that one is told. I look at the bible now and…"
"I can definitely relate to those feelings. I was brought up fundy also, in an offshoot of mainstream presbyterian. One of the key factors to my own 'conversion' was remembering how I shyed away from proclaiming my belief, how I never…"
"I didn't believe it...I was also embarrassed sbout it...The only exception was praying at the table..My brother and I would argue over who would get to do it..It seemed strangely important.I think if we'd been reciting Jingle Bells…"
"Yeah, echoes of that feeling in my own life, Happy to do all the xtian things among fellow xtians, but not one to expose the faith to the outside world. Probably because i knew that it would get correctly ripped apart for being ridiculous !"
I've been an atheist for quite a few years now (probably 10) but I grew up in the south and started life as a Southern Baptist. I'm sure you all know what THAT means: fundamentalism.Today, I had a startling realization: In all those years as a fundamentalist Christian, I was always shy about talking about "my faith", talking about Jesus, or saying those things that Christians routinely say to each other -- things like "praise the lord", "god is great", etc. I was still a practicing christian,…See More
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