I have realized that I am an Atheist. You could say that I have known for awhile, but was terrified to come to terms with it. Let me just explain my background. I was raised as a strict Southern…Continue
"I do feel for you, as your upbringing was similar to mine. I was also to be that great preacher and did not want to let anyone down.
As to your saying that you have no doubts that Jesus existed, I simply cannot be so sure. Written records of Jesus…"
"One of the good things about being an atheist is that you never have to worry about God's purpose for you. He isn't there, and life has no purpose that humans can discover. You don't have to suffer these philosophical tortures, or…"
"Keith, I was a former Catholic who was married to a Jewish lady for 21 years. Take it from me, that there's nothing better than Kosher corned beef on Jewish Rye bread (with caraway). Yummmm! As an appetizer, have some Matzoh Ball soup, and…"
"Keith, welcome to the group. I expect that we can, together, help you. Your father's acceptance is very important. That your mother has lived with him knowing that he disagrees with her beliefs is a plus. When your true…"
I officially told my father this morning. Well, sort of. He started to talk about how he is anti-religion but believes in God. I thought for a moment and decided the best decision for now was to tell him I was agnostic. So for now I will…"
"This is a strong answer from Loren in the following regard: he addresses the fact that it will hit the fan at some point in time. Count on it, bet on it, be prepared for it. I've often told people that when considering the appropriate…"
"Your story feels very familiar to me. I was 37 years old when I finally shed the delusions and several more years before I realized I see no evidence of god or gods and claimed the label "atheist". I am quite comfortable now to be public…"
"Here is the only thing that makes me think that maybe I'm making something out of nothing. Throughout the process of my major changing my beliefs I have decently kept my mom in the loop. I have explained to her why creationism is wholly wrong…"
"First, welcome Keith. Glad you found us. As Melinda said, there are a lot of good and intelligent people on here. And, the advantage for you (and all of us) is that we are all atheists, can bounce ideas off each other, and learn from each other. I…"
"What do you do? Take this as advice you would receive from a good friend.
You live "your" life.
One aspect of atheism is the understanding that this is our only life. Your family may think it perfectly acceptable to pressure you to conform…"
"Hello, Keith.To say that this is a tough one is to indulge in ridiculous understatement. I guess the primary question is whether you can put yourself over as still being a believer or not. If you can, you can at least run under the radar…"
"I'm sorry you're having to go through this. Your mother sounds like she actually knows that if you get enough information, you'll find out that religion is bunk. How can you stop yourself from thinking? I wasn't…"