Please forgive the delay in replying - I always want to give a reply my undivided attention and my classes have had me frazzled! Forgive me, as well, if I am repeating myself, but my sons (24 & 21) are both atheists, so they knew, more or less, how I felt about religion - it was my parents, boyfriend, & his family I worried about. My boyfriend knows and says my beliefs are a non-issue. His family doesn't know and he is a believer :( My BF and I don't discuss religion or politics lol
My journey has brought me to a point where I do have more confidence in my beliefs and I feel somewhat armed as to how I would respond to someone who asks why I don't believe in god. I still have room to grow there, but all in good time. My older son's minor in college was philosophy and he is now in law school. I really enjoy discussing religion and atheism with him - I'm anxious to complete this semester to have time to sit and talk about these topics, as well as to have time to read a book or two (Dawkins, Hitchens, Harris). My hope is to become comfortable with and have confidence in my feelings and opinions, and to be knowledgeable about other religions, other than catholicism, in order to confidently refute the BS that believers like to use to deny rational thought and fact.
I hope that coming out to your parents isn't a difficult scene for you. I suppose you anticipate a problem since they don't know. My hope is that when you make the decision to talk to them about it, all will go well. Being a mother, I know that I love my sons with all my heart and accept them for who they are. If one of them were gay, it would not change a thing. I sincerely hope the same for you.
Thanks again for the offer to look around your page and I look forward to hearing from you whenever the mood hits :)
Thank you for adding me, Richard and I appreciate your comment. I have recently admitted to myself and close family that I no longer believe in religion, nor to I want it or need it in my life. So, I am still on the journey of discovery and confidence, if that makes sense! I'm looking forward to seeing more of your discussions and posts.
Ok Richard, I visited your FB page....and couldn't remain silent. It's nice to see I'm not the only person who has a douche bag or two that always tries contradict everything you say. Also, that church story above, is PRICELESS!!!!!!!
Well, having to travel to Bloomsbury to study I don't want to spend most of my days on public transports. The furthest I've looked was probably Greenwich. I find Canary Wharf much more inviting, though, albeit a tad more expensive :P
That's funny. Fortunately for me the old nun was not as disagreeable as a rash. In fact she was last vestige of the school's religious origins. I was for the most part also spared from a religious up bringing. My parents had religion beaten out of them in Catholic school and I only occasionally attended church with my grandmother.
I like the story behind the graphic. Thanks for the link. Have you visited Darwin's house?