I agree, there is great advice here. One way I keep my cool at these religious functions I must attend at times is this: I imagine I am in another country observing their customs and ideas, much like an anthropologist, only as a guest.…"
"Reading through these responses, I'd say you've got some really great advice! If it's at all encouraging, my four years as an undergraduate were easily the happiest of my life - that and I was still a Christian at the time! You have…"
"Definitely go as it's a unique opportunity. You'll be glad you did later on. Your insider's perspective will help other atheists. Make sure you save all the material/propaganda they give you. You'll may want it for showing people…"
"This is probably not what you want to hear. But religion fascinates me. When I look back on what I believed when I was a fundamentalists I can't believe it. But the human drive for religion can't be dismissed. And from the viewpoint of…"
"Thanks for the advice, everyone. I think that I will go so that I can understand the Christian perspective. I find the one-sidedness of apologists very annoying, and I was wondering if you had any advice on how to keep my cool. I am considering…"
"I am 18, and I considered not going, but my parents are paying for a significant amount of my undergraduate school, and I fear that they won't if I don't go. This conference is the compromise for not having to go to a small Christian…"
"You don't say how old you are, but as you get older, you will have to exert your independence from your parents in many different ways, and differences in belief is just one. I think you should discuss with your dad that you don't want to…"
"Christian apologetics is a fascinating system of organized self-delusion. I realize it may be difficult to stomach, but I've never met a Christian apologetic argument that wasn't full of obvious holes, missing the point, bait and switch,…"
"If you're not looking to cause too much drama at home, you may just want to give in and go. If nothing else, at least you'll get some college credit. Look at it as a spy game, and you're the mole.
Before you go, learn to spot logical…"
"It might be a good idea to go and learn their arguments for religion so that you can come up with reasons why all the argument they come up with are wrong. Just an idea. Unfortunately, I don't have any ideas on how to keep yourself from going…"
Here in Goshen, there are a lot of people who are atheist or agnostic but will never admit it in public. This town is mostly owned by the mennonites, and even though some of them are liberal, you still need belief in gawd. I went to fairfield h.s. and don't think anyone knew or cared if I was an atheist. I think it was just assumed that everyone believes in a creator. I didn't really care for school then.
Anyway, religion aside, there are some good people here. Kara at Spacious Heart Yoga, Michelle at the Gift of Gab, Michelle at the Dandy Lion. I would encourage you to find friendship there. I don't think any of them are atheist, but they are liberal enough to be supportive.
There's a brave girl. Welcome to Atheist Nexus where you now have 8800+ good friends and discussion groups.
Among the groups, try visiting perhaps the busy group “ORIGINS: Universe, Life, Humans, Evolution, Religion.....” with its commonsense discussions to repel religious nonsense. You will be welcome.
One is "Proud to be Atheist" (74 posts) seeing that atheists and humanists hold the intellectual high ground compared with the superstitions of the god followers. Similarly, “Religion is aberrant, atheism is truth” (42 posts).
Terry Meaden (English archaeologist; Oxford; founder of “Origins”)