Thank you Dr. Meaden, for commenting back! It seems that since I have wasted so much of my life on nonsense (I had doubts but suppressed them) I am having trouble getting over the anger I sometimes feel. I visit my father and he has church blaring on the television, my nieces and nephews are constantly talking about how great god is. I login to Facebook and those people who are otherwise intelligent continue to post Christian propaganda and prayers to each other. If I'm honest with them then I lose friends and family. It is so frustrating - I am surrounded! There is no way it can be this bad in the UK, lol! I guess I need to find a happy medium, a way of dealing with the ignorance and to be more understanding. I often wish I lived in a secular society such as Canada, Sweden or Australia. I'm a realist and I can't see any possible way for the masses to ever give up their superstition (the fear of death is behind it all). Please tell me how you deal with it! I know that most Christians are decent, loving people so I don't want to come off as haughty or sanctimonious (which I have a tendency to do). I often wonder how men like Thomas Paine, one of my heroes, dealt with it. It was assuredly harder then. I know that science will continue to provide answers for that which only religion previously provided and eventually the bath water will be emptied only to find there was no baby there to begin with. But even then people will hold tightly to religious faith and maybe humanity will never extricate itself. I wish people could start living for LIFE instead of death and then maybe we can alleviate the suffering and injustice for far too many!
Thank you, Dr. Meaden. It is so nice to be able to connect with like-minded people, thank you! I'm in VA surrounded by bible-thumpers and do not know even know ONE atheist. It is so frustrating because I was a Christian for many years. No matter how I try to reach other Christians they just won't hear what I'm saying. The problem is they never read their bible, the book they base their whole life upon. I read it several times and that's exactly why I became an atheist :)
Thanks for the welcome-must be nice to live in the UK-but I guess we all need to "be the change" we wish to see in the world-so it is Texas for me-maybe we can get something going in the realm of freethought in the "hill country."
Dr. Terence, Wow, 4 A.M. I wish I could do that. Oh I do, I get up an average of four times a night. When I do, I usually read something interesting...again. Last night it was half a chapter of Greg Griffin's Anarchy Revolution. Have a happy
Well thankee Doc, that's real nice of ya.......I type rather slowly and have trouble keeping up with the pack on this chat site, moreover, I'm a tad ocd about spelling/grammar/syntax, so that slows me down even more. The thread moves on w/o me as a result.......but it's nice to be among friends. And damn, am I glad I don't live in Texas where they'll kill you if you're the wrong color. It's still 1935 in Texas. Of course, that applies to most of the red states, where atheism is considered a hanging offense......