"JS - I am not myself a convert to atheism. For as long as I have been aware of religion, I have rejected it. I suppose I feel too comfortable in my atheism. For a couple of "soft" books to get you into the right mindset, I recommend…"
"JS, it seems as though you experience many of the same feelings I have and had. There is so much chaos going on as I try to sort out what happened, why, and what I have to do in order to be break out of my love/hate relationship I still have with…"
"JS, you have got to be kidding. Have you heard a mother denounce her son or daughter for being homosexual? Have you observed a sophomoric kid praying in the middle of a football field and who knows for what he is praying; for the best team to win?…"
"Susan, I said it. Just look at each of the continents and the killing going on in the name of some deity, in whatever form. So, I spoke with hyperbole, but start with evil in families and the domination and exploitation of women, the abuse of…"
"David, I value your clarity with careful expression of ideas. You make good sense and I would love to have you over for coffee and scones and a good chat.
I am one who believes that religion causes dysfunction in individuals and communities.…"
"Mahatma, I respectfully disagree, and I could be wrong, I have been many times in my life.
Religion, its principles, teaching, preaching, and followers, based on an external power provides an opportunity for a scoundrel to lead…"
"David, your comment perfectly describes our current situation and things are better. My mother and grandmothers could not say and do the things I am doing; I stand on their shoulders, even as they had been silenced and made impotent.
"I think it is important to recognize, though, that religion alone is not the cause of the destructive behavior you describe. Rather, it is the "immutable" claims, the "unquestionable", "infallable" character of the…"
"Joan - I understand your pain. I sometimes think the same in dark moments of despair. I just remember that things are in general much better now than they were just a few decades ago, and unaccountably better than they were just a few centuries ago.…"
"Science and reason offer more comfort by making the world understandable and predictable, and it will replace old attempts at bartering with mythological gods created to maintain the fantasy of having control. How many virgins does god want to…"
"Susan, I agree with your wanting a "Like" button. David, when you wrote,
You definitely rang chimes in my head. I am feeling a rant coming on so I wll pause a moment and breath.
There; A parent, a family, the neighbors,…"
"JJ - This is precisely the point Dennett makes in "Breaking the Spell." There are many interesting, provocative theories regarding religion's origin, but none yet can be thought of as close to definitive since not enough of the right…"
"It is a fascinating question. I have seen hypotheses for an evolution of religion ranging from "as a psychosomatic pain killer" to "advantageous hyperactive agency detector." Some of the hypotheses have some explanatory…"
I'm a former Christian evangelical bible teacher, counselor, preacher, defender of the faith for 13 years. I deconverted while studying to complete a degree in pastoral counseling at Vaguard University about years ago.
The process was painful to say the least. Most lifelong non-theists cannot relate for obvious reasons. I found myself in "no mans land" without friends or support from anyone. I had to rebuild my philosophy of life and rethink just about everything.I Currently live in Dallas with my fiance and kids.
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