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I have no Idea how to tell my family i'm an athiest

Started this discussion. Last reply by Richard Healy May 10, 2011. 19 Replies

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

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"I've heard that the reason the life expectany in the US has gone down is because everyone's lazy and unhealthy nowdays, but I don't know for sure. It makes sense, though."
Jun 17, 2011
Gunnar replied to EccentricSM's discussion Amusing Responses You Got From People When You Came Out About Being An Atheist.
"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.…"
May 11, 2011
Richard Healy replied to Gunnar's discussion I have no Idea how to tell my family i'm an athiest
"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…"
May 10, 2011
Jennifer Nicole replied to Gunnar's discussion I have no Idea how to tell my family i'm an athiest
"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…"
May 10, 2011
Erin replied to Gunnar's discussion I have no Idea how to tell my family i'm an athiest
"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…"
May 9, 2011
Gunnar replied to Gunnar's discussion I have no Idea how to tell my family i'm an athiest
"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…"
May 9, 2011
Jedi Wanderer replied to Gunnar's discussion I have no Idea how to tell my family i'm an athiest
"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…"
May 9, 2011
Karl replied to Gunnar's discussion I have no Idea how to tell my family i'm an athiest
"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). …"
May 5, 2011
Gunnar replied to Gunnar's discussion I have no Idea how to tell my family i'm an athiest
"I think my dad forgot I had confirmation today (my mom is on a business trip) and he's not as insistent on me going, so I think he'd let me stay."
May 4, 2011
Gunnar replied to Gunnar's discussion I have no Idea how to tell my family i'm an athiest
"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…"
May 3, 2011
George replied to Gunnar's discussion I have no Idea how to tell my family i'm an athiest
"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?". Even…"
Apr 25, 2011
Gunnar replied to Samantha G's discussion Reading and believeing/Not reading and believeing
"I read the bible 1 or 2 years ago over the summer, and ironically it's what made me seriously think about  religion and become an athiest."
Apr 20, 2011
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"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…"
Apr 20, 2011
SGA Atheist replied to Gunnar's discussion I have no Idea how to tell my family i'm an athiest
"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…"
Apr 19, 2011
Michael Black replied to Gunnar's discussion I have no Idea how to tell my family i'm an athiest
"Very good advice in the post above. "
Apr 19, 2011
Wanda T replied to Gunnar's discussion I have no Idea how to tell my family i'm an athiest
"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…"
Apr 19, 2011

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At 10:51pm on May 16, 2011, Ruth Anthony-Gardner said…
Greetings, Gunnar! I'd like to invite you to a group where we talk about anything on our minds, Hang With Friends. :D
At 10:38pm on May 9, 2011, Jedi Wanderer said…
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.
At 4:12pm on April 21, 2011, Dr. Terence Meaden said…

Hello Gunnar. Welcome to this rational world of Internet atheism---a haven from the superstitions and fictional god of the masses. 

 

We invite you to make good friends by joining the busy group "ORIGINS: Universe, Astronomy, Life, Earth, Humans, Religion, Gods, Atheism, Evolution, Darwin..." with its 450 discussion topics and 2550 members.

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At 7:49pm on April 19, 2011, Ken said…
Hello & welcome to the Nexus.  We are glad to have you join us.
 
 
 

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