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Now it's personal
#1
Now it's personal
I don't really know what to say. Not so good at talking about myself. I'll briefly lay out a couple of biographical items and then just, I dunno, answer your questions from there (if any).

1. I'm a Christian theist. Although theologically I fall within the evangelical camp, I really hesitate to use that label because it is saddled with a lot of baggage, most of which isn't relevant to me. Furthermore, a lot of the typical problems evangelicals have to deal with are inapplicable with me: I'm not a young-earth creationist, I don't believe there was a planet-wide flood a little over 4,000 years ago, or that humans have immortal souls, or that hell is a place of eternal conscious torment, and so on. So, technically an evangelical but I shy away from that label, and my biblical world-view is not typical.

2. I joined AtheistForums because I am working closely with a cherished family member who's in the process of "deconstructing" (a term which I trust is familiar to many of you). This has made the intersection of faith and science a deeply personal issue with important consequences, causing me to not only look at this Christian faith more critically but also to really try and understand the atheist point of view, which is no longer just an academic matter. (This family member now self-identifies as an atheist.)

So, there you have it. The floor is open for questions, if any.
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#2
RE: Now it's personal
Welcome.

We're always happy to get new members, including theists.

We have Christians and Muslims here, as well as the atheists you'd expect, and a few agnostics.

Many of the atheists are also ex-theists of different stripes. I, for example, am an ex- Catholic.

Anyway, I'm sure someone will be able to answer most of your questions.
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#3
RE: Now it's personal
(May 22, 2020 at 3:56 am)JohnMBauer Wrote: I don't really know what to say. Not so good at talking about myself. I'll briefly lay out a couple of biographical items and then just, I dunno, answer your questions from there (if any).

1. I'm a Christian theist. Although theologically I fall within the evangelical camp, I really hesitate to use that label because it is saddled with a lot of baggage, most of which isn't relevant to me. Furthermore, a lot of the typical problems evangelicals have to deal with are inapplicable with me: I'm not a young-earth creationist, I don't believe there was a planet-wide flood a little over 4,000 years ago, or that humans have immortal souls, or that hell is a place of eternal conscious torment, and so on. So, technically an evangelical but I shy away from that label, and my biblical world-view is not typical.

2. I joined AtheistForums because I am working closely with a cherished family member who's in the process of "deconstructing" (a term which I trust is familiar to many of you). This has made the intersection of faith and science a deeply personal issue with important consequences, causing me to not only look at this Christian faith more critically but also to really try and understand the atheist point of view, which is no longer just an academic matter. (This family member now self-identifies as an atheist.)

So, there you have it. The floor is open for questions, if any.
Welcome
“The sun from far gives life. But get close to it and it burns anything down to ashes”
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#4
RE: Now it's personal
Welcome.

The intro section is reserved as a DMZ of sorts - for the social pleasantries of meeting.

So don't feel discouraged if you get less response here than you may be expecting.

Explore the board and you may find much to read that will pertain to something very similar to your situation.

Many have gone before.
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#5
RE: Now it's personal
Did you bring the tacos?
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#6
RE: Now it's personal
(May 22, 2020 at 4:31 am)no one Wrote: Did you bring the tacos?

I did. But I cheated by stopping at Taco Bell. Because I'm lazy.
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#7
RE: Now it's personal
Welcome to the forum, John.  Don't worry about the tacos.  No one ever REALLY brings tacos.

It makes me sad.

Boru
'A man is accepted into a church for what he believes.  He is turned out for what he knows.' - Mark Twain
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RE: Now it's personal
(May 22, 2020 at 3:56 am)JohnMBauer Wrote: I don't really know what to say. Not so good at talking about myself. I'll briefly lay out a couple of biographical items and then just, I dunno, answer your questions from there (if any).

1. I'm a Christian theist. Although theologically I fall within the evangelical camp, I really hesitate to use that label because it is saddled with a lot of baggage, most of which isn't relevant to me. Furthermore, a lot of the typical problems evangelicals have to deal with are inapplicable with me: I'm not a young-earth creationist, I don't believe there was a planet-wide flood a little over 4,000 years ago, or that humans have immortal souls, or that hell is a place of eternal conscious torment, and so on. So, technically an evangelical but I shy away from that label, and my biblical world-view is not typical.

2. I joined AtheistForums because I am working closely with a cherished family member who's in the process of "deconstructing" (a term which I trust is familiar to many of you). This has made the intersection of faith and science a deeply personal issue with important consequences, causing me to not only look at this Christian faith more critically but also to really try and understand the atheist point of view, which is no longer just an academic matter. (This family member now self-identifies as an atheist.)

So, there you have it. The floor is open for questions, if any.
Welcome. No questions from me. I find Christian testimonies and world views very boring.
One thing you never see: A guy in Boston, Mass. with a Union flag yelling "The Nawth's gonna rise again!"






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#9
RE: Now it's personal
Start a thread in the appropriate forum. I've never been religious so the believer's viewpoint is alien to me.
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#10
RE: Now it's personal
Welcome aboard. The atheist pov is dead simple. We don't believe in gods.



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