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Posted 4/13/08 , edited 4/18/08
My father is roman catholic and my mother is protestant, as were their parents before them.

I went to Roman catholic middle school and highschool, and eventually college. College however is hardly indoctrinating like middle school and highschool were.

Growing up I had what the philosopher Daniel Dennet calls "belief in belief" in God. Social forces were exerted on me to take up certain doctrines. I never really had these beliefs except in a superficial way of going along with them. But, I certainly wanted to believe at times because the pressure to conform and make sense of your social surrounds is a powerful force.

So, one goes off to college at 18 where these social structures are not present anymore, and this belief in belief simply shrugs off. I won't go into details, as I hardly remember them.
Posted 4/18/08 , edited 4/19/08
I can't say I'm an athiest, or anything for that matter. Some people say I'm agnostic, but I don't even think I'm that. I guess there could be a God, or something out there. I've had a lot of weird experiances in my life where I'm pretty sure "something" goes on in our universe that can't fully be explained by science, or more so science as we know it; however, I also find the idea of some big guy in the sky to be really hillarious.

I think it's just human psychological nature to want to understand things. Psychologically, the brain wants to make sense of the unknown and anything in general. It's probably why so many people see UFOs and other stuff. They see something their brain can't make sense of and the brain grasps onto anything it can to make some cognative sense of understanding/recognition to it. That's what I feel about religion and God. People just formed beliefs because they want to make sense of "life", and can't on a psychological level. Hence, it's a little easier to rationalize if you just say "well this happenes cause god" etc etc.

I hope that makes sense. ^_^'' Sleeepy....
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I can't say I'm an athiest, or anything for that matter. Some people say I'm agnostic, but I don't even think I'm that. I guess there could be a God, or something out there. I've had a lot of weird experiances in my life where I'm pretty sure "something" goes on in our universe that can't fully be explained by science, or more so science as we know it; however, I also find the idea of some big guy in the sky to be really hillarious.

I think it's just human psychological nature to want to understand things. Psychologically, the brain wants to make sense of the unknown and anything in general. It's probably why so many people see UFOs and other stuff. They see something their brain can't make sense of and the brain grasps onto anything it can to make some cognative sense of understanding/recognition to it. That's what I feel about religion and God. People just formed beliefs because they want to make sense of "life", and can't on a psychological level. Hence, it's a little easier to rationalize if you just say "well this happenes cause god" etc etc.

I hope that makes sense. ^_^'' Sleeepy....


i guess there could be unicorns..
i guess there could be shinigamis..
i guess there could be pixies..
i guess there could be elves..
i guess there could be ETC ETC ETC..

Why cant people see a garden and say its mysterious and beautiful, without imagining pixies at the bottom of it too?

modified version of dawkins quote..

we might not be able to explain everything now, but we are getting ever so close, why jump to conclusions and make something up? Instead of waiting and get an even better answer? much closer to truth..
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hmm.. my entire family is religious exept the danish site, which really is everything else than religious..
I started out Roman Catholic, simply because my mom always said to me, that i was catholic. no concept of god whatsoever no grasp of whats happening and certainly not able to answer the questions like why are we here.. I was simply catholic, because my mom told me i was..
After some time, sorounded by people who didnt care about god, bible, jesus made me also lose interest in it, nobody ever talked about it, and if someone tried to explain something by fancy shortcuts like god did it, you would just be ignored..
But every single time i got home, god was everywhere, so i decided to take some time of my daily life and read the damn thing.. after that i never felt christian again, i sort of lingered of and called myself pantheist, since i still liked the concept of god, but though what the heck, even if i say god no one would realize what god, and automatically asume the abrahamic ones, so i turned agnostic, and later on atheist...
Much later i entered the debates on the internet, starting reading the books and now im here..

Basically, god made me an atheist, and who are you to question his wisdom?
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Ever since i was a little girl, i did not believe in him (god). i was truly a practical child, and never believed anything i heard out of pure stubborn-ness. you could say i have never been baptist like my family is. i have never been a major church goer either. in fact, if i ever appeared at church at all it was to eat doughnuts, and/or because i was dragged there for easter. as a preteen/ early teen, i tried to understand more about religon and kindof forced it on myself after hearing something from a preacher saying that you must have "true faith" to get into heaven or you burn. knowing i didnt have any faith at all it i tried praying... knowing nothing would happen, i tried reading the bible more.... only to doze off after the first paragraph, i tried watching hardcore exorsisms to see if it would make me see what god is about, but i just saw a fucking retarded person shaking and getting sprayed with water. i came to the same conclusion i had though all along *god is bullshit*, and out of anger i became cynical, and had a disgust twords anyone who truly followed any god, and never questioned them. i still get a pain in my stomach when i see people pray, it makes me want to vomit. religion was most definately push onto me AND HARD. i have spent my entire life pretending to believe in what i was told, and to this day no one knows i am atheist other than on the internet. if it were to get out, i would be disowned. but i plan on abandoning these people before they can abandon me, and to do so im relocating over seas (for more reasons than i care to speak)


COMRADE! I don't believe in any religion. I want to be a free thinker.. But only pple on the internet knows that.. I don't want to get killed, you know. I am born with Islam beliefs forced on me.. How i wish i could make my own choices in life.. I pretended to be into Islam and have been lying to my family that i have prayed for years.. I'm very guilty for that... But I can't let this secret get out.. EVER.. So i guess i will lie till i die.. I want to live on my own in another country but i can't do that as my parents would be sad that their daughter are moving away from them.. Sigh... I'm such a bad child..
Posted 3/29/14
I am an atheist and pretty much always have been, sorry if I don't really have a deconversion story.
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