So I'm 14 and was (am) raised as a lutheran. About 2 years ago I realized that it's all a bunch of crap, and i've been reading around the internet about atheism. I now think of myself as an atheist,…Continue
"Me and my mom were talking about how souls and heaven and stuff
Me: So you think once we die, everything in our brain just magically gets teleported to some place in the sky, where we "live" forever?
Mom: No, not our brains, our spirits.…"
"Well Gunnar, glad it went not bad and okay. I think you've done the hard part. So now just concentrate on growing up and developing your critical thinking skills. This will serve you very well as an adult. And you've already…"
"I was a couple years older than you when my parents started to realize I was asking questions that showed a lack of faith. >.> It upset them a lot. But really, all you can do is let them get used to it over time. As years pass and your…"
"It seems to me that you have thought this through, enough to join an Athiest forum- which many adults that are nonthiests would not go so far as to do. And your parents seem fairly level headed as well. I'm 26 with much less leveled parents and…"
"Well, I guess I kind of came out today. My mom brought up confirmation, and I said I didn't want to do it anymore. She asked why, and then before I could answer she asked "Do you not really believe this stuff or what?" The whole…"
"Gunnar, I had the same type of experience. I was being raised Jewish, and at the age of 12 I was for sure an atheist, and you are the first person I've met who was the same. At age 13 I had to get Bar-Mitzvahed, which is essentially…"
"You struggle reminds me of my youth. I was raised Catholic and like you I had to go through confirmation (not to mention all the other catholic sacraments including communion and confession. That last one is particularly creepy). …"
"Well, I told my parents I didn't want to do confirmation anymore, and they said I had to. I think they think it's a "I don't want to have to go every wednesday night" kind of thing rather than I don't actually want to…"
"Strategically I think it would be best to start asking questions, such as "why do you think religion is important" or "what do you think of different religions?" or "what do you think of agnosticism or atheism?".
"My opinion is that if guns aren't allowed, criminals will find a way to get them, then be free to do as they please because the civilians will be unarmed, and unable to do anything but yell for help. I made sound crazy, but I think more…"
"I am almost 27 and I still have not come out as an atheist to most people. Unless I think I can use reason to at least influence someone's mind about theism for their personal benefit, I usually just let people assume I am a Christian or…"
"It's a tough call. Have you thought about a soft approach, like instead of jumping right out there with your non-belief you could start by asking your parents some questions about faith, like "do you think there is evidence that god is…"
Hey Gunnar, nice to have you as a friend. If you ever have any BIG questions, of the deep and complicated type, and you have need of a philosopher, you may feel free to ask anything you like. There are plenty of musicians, scientists, computer-geeks, and well-read folk here, but perhaps not too many philosophers.
Hello Gunnar. Welcome to this rational world of Internet atheism---a haven from the superstitions and fictional god of the masses.
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