Our server costs ~$56 per month to run. Please consider donating or becoming a Patron to help keep the site running. Help us gain new members by following us on Twitter and liking our page on Facebook!
Current time: June 25, 2022, 4:19 am

Thread Rating:
  • 0 Vote(s) - 0 Average
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Why are you an atheist?
#1
Why are you an atheist?
Like the subject says, why are you an atheist? Have you been an atheist all your life (never pushed into any religion) or have you been converted recently?

I was a Christian for the first 11 years of my life, but it was something I was forced into by my parents and school etc. It was when I moved to secondary school (at age 11) that I started to doubt God and religion. There are just too many religions out there with completely different beliefs, it is impossible to know for sure which is "correct". I became unsure of what I did believe, but later realized that I literally couldn't believe that any form of God existed. You only have to take a look at the world to realize that.
Reply
#2
RE: Why are you an atheist?
I suppose I've drifted between being Atheist and agnostic.

I learned about Creation in schools and then again in high school however instead of trying to convert me they taught me several Religions from a non-bias view point.
Reply
#3
RE: Why are you an atheist?
All the way up to high school I was Christian because it was what I was taught to be. 10th grade I started questioning my beliefs and kind of just settled on Atheism/agnosticism. Now I go to college at HSU in Arkansas right across the street from Ouachita Baptist University (Mike Huckabee went there). All my friends are devout Christians and they made me realize why I'm an Atheist. I can't stand the thought of fate and destiny and the idea of just sitting there and hoping that something good will happen to me if I pray or god wills it.
Reply
#4
RE: Why are you an atheist?
I became an atheist at an early age. I was always the kind of person to be difficult to convince of anything. Religion had no chance in bringing me over.

Also i've never been good at responding to threats. Once religion used it's fear tactic I only ended up becoming more and more of an atheist. The threat of fear caused me to sway way over into atheism.

The largest reason on why I'm an atheist is the fact that there is just no evidence for any of their claims. They have nothing to show at all. Just word for word. While science on the other hand had everything to show. Science was about learning, gathering data. Religion is just instant knowledge and I thought to myself - Where's the fun in that? it's too simplistic.

There are many reasons on why I'm an atheist, but the main one is the fact that they have no evidence to support their claims.
Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence - Carl Sagan

Mankind's intelligence walks hand in hand with it's stupidity.

Being an atheist says nothing about your overall intelligence, it just means you don't believe in god. Atheists can be as bright as any scientist and as stupid as any creationist.

You never really know just how stupid someone is, until you've argued with them.
Reply
#5
RE: Why are you an atheist?
I have been an atheist for most of my life. In fact I'm not sure I ever believed, however I had to endure Religious Instruction at school as part of the Education Department curriculum.

My dad is an atheist and my mom is agnostic. All my brothers and sisters are atheists and almost all my friends and work colleagues are too.

I was married in the gardens of an old stately home by a celebrant.

I am fortunate that I live in a secular country where religious people are more likely to be considered odd-ball by the wider community.

I remember being in Atlanta in 1997 reading a weekend newspaper when I came across approximately 8 pages devoted to religion. Here we are may get one half page relating to religious news/groups etc.

I do feel for US atheists. They are truly a minority in what is considered a whacko Christian nation!
Reply
#6
RE: Why are you an atheist?
(August 26, 2008 at 1:50 am)KRW1612 Wrote: I have been an atheist for most of my life. In fact I'm not sure I ever believed, however I had to endure Religious Instruction at school as part of the Education Department curriculum.

Do they still do that? I heard school took out Religious studies but I'm not sure.
Reply
#7
RE: Why are you an atheist?
Primarily i feel i've always been atheist. Christianity never made sense to me. Even when i started school when i was 5. I think, as well though, i became much more opinionated and aggressive about my atheism because i wanted to rebel against my Christian school and teachers and friends - pretty much everyone i knew apart from my family!

I'm an atheist simply because i don't know how to be otherwise.
If i were to worship anything it'd be molecules...or Eddie Vedder...
Reply
#8
RE: Why are you an atheist?
Quote:Do they still do that? I heard school took out Religious studies but I'm not sure.

Yeah, it was a long time ago. I'm 48. It was only a 30 minute lesson once a week.

Australia has had a very healthy seperation of religion and education in its public school system for at least 40 years or more.
Reply
#9
RE: Why are you an atheist?
(August 26, 2008 at 8:14 am)KRW1612 Wrote:
Quote:Do they still do that? I heard school took out Religious studies but I'm not sure.

Yeah, it was a long time ago. I'm 48. It was only a 30 minute lesson once a week.

Australia has had a very healthy seperation of religion and education in its public school system for at least 40 years or more.

I was taught it here in the UK and I heard rumours about stopping it. This was about 5-6 years ago.
Reply
#10
RE: Why are you an atheist?
I went to a very religuos private school between the ages of 7 to 12. The remainder of my schooldays were devoid of religion, my parents had no beliefs.
At 21 I became "born again" got married, and immersed myself 100% in fundie Baptist church life. Young Earth creationism, literal inerrant bible, the whole shebang. Got my father converted too and he's still in there.
A slow loss of faith, weariness of church life, emigration to the UK (from Zimbabwe) and no church. I felt I still believed all that stuff, but no longer had the ebergy or the will to live it.
Broader reading, and the internet brought atheist philosophy before me, and I started to realise just how crazy, illogical and desperate all the things I used to believe were.
A cold analysys of Christian theology brought me to realise just how manipulating and WRONG it all was.

YouTube videos of The Blasphemy Challenge was my inverse Damascus road experience. I saw a video of a young man saying "I deny the Holy Spirit, and I'm not afraid". That, for me, was liberating. All the guilt, all the fear fell away. I realised that I had been living in fear and thrall of phantoms, myths, fairies. The Word has no power, it's just a mixed up book, chosen by conference, and full of human error. Prayer is talking to thin air.

I am since fascinated with the notions of morality and society. Because it turns out, that without god, I'm still a good guy and a decent father, and I haven't raped or murdered or robbed anyone! I am also still exploring ways to fulfill my "spiritual" needs. (hate that word) And there is music, and literature and science.

And SCIENCE! The things I've learned about the world, the universe, humanity, it's magnificent.

Christians may accuse me of hating God, but truly, I know there is no such being. I am bitter about the wasted years and the lies I was told.
Other Christians may say I was a false convert, never a true Christian, but I felt and knew the forgiveness of God, I went through every emotion, and it was very real. And in my head.
'How can you say, "We are wise, for we have the law of the LORD," when actually the lying pen of the scribes has handled it falsely? Jer 8:8
A child of five would understand this. Send someone to fetch a child of five. Groucho Marx
Reply



Possibly Related Threads...
Thread Author Replies Views Last Post
  Why are you an atheist? Ongietan 26 1378 February 20, 2020 at 1:19 pm
Last Post: Ranjr
  [Serious] Why are you an Atheist? maxolla 303 13767 February 15, 2020 at 8:57 am
Last Post: Abaddon_ire
  [Not Even A Little Bit Serious] Why AREN'T You An Atheist? BrianSoddingBoru4 28 1833 December 28, 2019 at 12:48 pm
Last Post: LastPoet
  Closet Atheist Coming Out and Telling Family and Friends You're An Atheist Cholley71 10 6162 September 27, 2016 at 1:01 am
Last Post: Minimalist
  When, Where, How and Why did you become Atheist? bambi_swag 122 18074 October 18, 2015 at 6:26 pm
Last Post: robvalue
  Why You Should Be Atheist Dunno 77 21057 October 30, 2013 at 7:56 am
Last Post: MitchBenn
  Why Are You an Atheist Max_Kolbe 15 3158 October 5, 2013 at 4:51 am
Last Post: Mothonis
  Why, Why,Why! Lemonvariable72 14 2970 October 2, 2013 at 1:21 pm
Last Post: Doubting Thomas
  Why are you atheist? jap23 112 25156 April 10, 2013 at 11:26 pm
Last Post: MORETORQUE
  Why are YOU an Atheist? Doubting_Thomas 111 21238 January 26, 2013 at 4:36 pm
Last Post: Nevzorov_Nikita



Users browsing this thread: 1 Guest(s)