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Ready to take the plunge!

Started this discussion. Last reply by John Aultman Apr 22, 2012. 37 Replies

Gulp.After 42 years of church, praying and belief in a god, I'm 99% atheist. There's just one little nagging thread clinging on, the old "But what if you're wrong?" line. Some teeny part of me that…Continue

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Nara Nay liked K Avony's discussion Ready to take the plunge!
May 7, 2012
John Aultman replied to K Avony's discussion Ready to take the plunge!
"I believe the nagging feeling is normal for anyone who is trying to overcome years of  indoctrination by a religion. To me, Its similar to a person addicted to alcohol or drugs and suddenly going "cold turkey" it's scary and can…"
Apr 22, 2012
Colin O'flanagan Leahy replied to K Avony's discussion Ready to take the plunge!
"I think most of us coming out of religion experience the same concerns, however based on my experience the atheistic logic becomes obvious as you naturally move forward and you can't  understand how you actually believed that biblical…"
Apr 22, 2012
Nontheist Central liked K Avony's discussion Ready to take the plunge!
Mar 30, 2012
Michael Merry replied to K Avony's discussion Ready to take the plunge!
""So here I am, ready to take a step and say I'm an atheist. I guess my question is: Is this nagging feeling normal? Have other people dealt with this, and if so, what did you do? Or is this even an issue?" The nagging feeling is…"
Mar 28, 2012
Alex replied to K Avony's discussion Ready to take the plunge!
"Oh this is the exact feeling that I get sometimes. I contemplate Pascal's Wager, wonder over the Bible passages about salvation and hell, but then always come to the same conclusion that I always do. God is not real. The Bible has too many…"
Mar 27, 2012
Crazy Cat Lady replied to K Avony's discussion Ready to take the plunge!
"Even IF there was a super-entity that created the whole universe and everything in it. Any such entity would in incomprehensible to us. I always thought why would it care what you think and punish you for thoughtcrime. As the late…"
Feb 21, 2012
Eric A Flynn replied to K Avony's discussion Ready to take the plunge!
"Yes, it is perfectly normal to feel this way.  I've gone through deconversion with my brother and two close friends I have known since childhood.  It seems that there is a direct correlation of these recurrent feelings to the strength…"
Jan 20, 2012
Michael Merry replied to K Avony's discussion Ready to take the plunge!
"Pat Condell described the biblical nonsense known as original sin: "being billed for something I didn't order". Myself, I'd rather laugh with the sinners than cry with the saints (Billy Joel, Only the Good Die Young)"
Dec 16, 2011
James Davies replied to K Avony's discussion Ready to take the plunge!
"Think of it this way - Before you were even created, due to its omniscience, God knows the future - i.e. you are predestined to do whatever you do. When God created the universe, it would have known your destiny and thus, if it punishes…"
Dec 14, 2011
Michael Merry replied to K Avony's discussion Ready to take the plunge!
""Isn't it more reasonable that God would be humored by earnest disagreement, and that it's more important to live life as a good person than worship some invisible dad in the sky? Wouldn't he just be happy if you don't maim…"
Nov 27, 2011
Sentient Biped replied to K Avony's discussion Ready to take the plunge!
"Your nagging feeling sounds perfectly normal.  It's probably the main reason that many people, who know that religion is bogus, hang on.  "Just in case".  You are being honest with yourself, and there is nothing wrong…"
Nov 27, 2011
Michael Merry replied to K Avony's discussion Ready to take the plunge!
"Good point. I can't prove it, but I suspect a high proportion of church goers are actually social Christians, not devout believers. In the U.S., and, to a lesser degree, Canada, the social stigma of being labeled 'godless' is…"
Nov 27, 2011
Ava Wilson replied to K Avony's discussion Ready to take the plunge!
"K Avony, think about it this way (because some of us think of it this way). The question of whether 'we're wrong' (Pascal's wager, logical fallacy) is sort of silly.   1. You could be Christian and go to church, and the real…"
Nov 27, 2011
Rhonda Boyer replied to K Avony's discussion Ready to take the plunge!
"Yes, it seems to be normal.  I still miss going to church once in a while, and sometimes, I still think I wish there was an afterlife.  I miss the thought of seeing my dad and others I loved again, but I can live with that.  There was…"
Nov 27, 2011
Madhukar Kulkarni replied to K Avony's discussion Ready to take the plunge!
"I became a firm atheist about 40 years ago. I never had any fears about being an atheist. I was a firm believer in science and rational thinking was my route to atheism. So, my experience is that belief in science and rational thinking are enough to…"
Nov 17, 2011

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The Prodigal Son Returns

Posted on November 9, 2011 at 3:05pm 2 Comments

First trip back to church this week after my conversion. It was one of several I'm going to have to make for appearances' sake, as my wife wants our kids to have some religious upbringing.

I had been back only once since January. It was good to see old faces, many of whom asked where we had been. ("We've, uh, been on a break," was our response.) But during service, everything suddenly appeared...pointless. Talk of angels, beliefs in a second coming and resurrection of the dead, and…

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Baby steps

Posted on August 11, 2011 at 11:04pm 2 Comments

I'm still grappling with saying it.



I'm an atheist.



I get flashbacks to Sunday School teachers equating atheists with Satan worshipers. Atheists were evil, godless, out to destroy our faith and create anarchy and sin everywhere! Even when I understood that nothing was further from the truth, those false teachings still hit home.



But make no doubt about it: Religion has a strong hold on people, and it's hard to let go. Even after "coming out" here on this site, I… Continue

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At 1:17pm on August 13, 2011, Steph S. said…
Hello K Avony!  Welcome to the site.  We are here for you.
At 8:58pm on August 8, 2011, Ken said…
Hello & welcome to AN.  We are certainly glad to have you join us.
At 3:18pm on August 6, 2011, Dr. Terence Meaden said…

Hello Kurt Avony and welcome to this rational world of Internet atheism. This is a haven of truth and peace, far from the superstitions and fictional god of the masses. 

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We invite you to make good friends by joining the busy group "ORIGINS: Universe, Astronomy, Life, Earth, Humans, Religion, Gods, Atheism, Evolution, Darwin..." with 500 discussion topics and 2800 members.

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At 8:55pm on August 4, 2011, Ruth Anthony-Gardner said…

Welcome, K! Glad you could join us. :D

Please consider joining a group to meet people and talk about anything that's on your mind, Hang With Friends.

If you learn about memetics, the last vestiges of religious memeplex programming may be conquered.

 
 
 

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