I'm relatively new to the atheist social networking community, and am interested in advise on how to build a personal community of nonbelievers. I come from an evangelical/fundamentalist background…Continue
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I am new to this universe. I released my previous identity and belief structure as a fundamentalist Christian, and am looking to join a community of skeptics. I am not yet familiar with all of the terms, organizations, or the structure of this community. I am eager to learn, and also long to give back by helping questioners through that phase into the place that I am. I am not interested in becoming an "evangelist" per se, but I prefer the idea of becoming an apologist. Much more to come!
Without the shedding of blood is no remission...
I do not understand how there could have been a time in my life when that statement did not seem absurd to me. Now that the fog has been lifted, I see the absolute ridiculousness of the concept of blood atonement for the forgiveness of the sin of being a human being. I simply cannot understand how the concept of a god that required...even craved blood could in any way make…Continue
It has been about three weeks since I was inspired by some unknown force (that I do not call god) to involve myself in the freethought/new atheist movement. It began when I returned from my vacation to Northern California. My husband and I drove from Northwestern Oregon to San Francisco, and I realized that I noticed the natural beauty in a way that I never had before. Somehow that inspired me to google "atheist" when I arrived home. Since then, I can't get enough of The Thinking…Continue
Being on my "all things atheist" kick, I have been feeling rather enraged about my own childhood indoctrination and being scared of hell. I'm having a bit of cognitive dissonance because I can't bring myself to be angry at my parents, since I understand that they were also victims.
I have been reading a number of blog entries and statements made by atheists, asserting that teaching children about hell is a form of child abuse. I absolutely agree with this! However, being…Continue
I'm not quite sure what happened, but the last seven days have felt like I"m on to my next great obsession. I've seen this happen on and off over my life, when a passion hits me and I just can't get enough. I'm not necessarily thinking this is a bad thing, but am noticing a pattern within myself and feel it's worth attending. My obsession is soaking in all things atheist. Something happened suddenly and without warning, and now I just can't get enough of reading,…Continue