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Should I attempt to discuss atheism with younger siblings?
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Posted 6/12/14
Why not creationism?
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Posted 6/12/14 , edited 6/12/14
when faith is built off the foundation of another, it is the first to implode on itself. Put simply, she may not have hit this wall yet, but eventually something will cause her to question her religion that she follows. She will either 1) lose her identity and through the questions and uncertainties look towards definitive answers (path of Atheist, Agnostic, Deist, etc.), or 2) strengthen her own bond and devotion to religion. Either is fine, but eventually she will be forced to question what she believes, that's how so many people have fallen away from the church, as well as so many people flocking to God.

P.S. I'm a deist
Posted 6/12/14
she said attempt -grin- i love that word
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Posted 6/12/14 , edited 6/12/14
(i am not a christian myself) but let her do what she wants. dont be one of those jerkwad atheists that believe the best way to change someones life, is make them live their entire life depressed that when they die, they simply cease to exist. Nothing wrong with someone being a christian, especially if they are doing it so they can have hope of something after death. Its not your place to tell someone what to believe.
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Posted 6/12/14 , edited 6/12/14
I suggest that you give it another few years before a discussion like this. I think that you should simply educate her on your reason behind leaving Christianity. Not necessarily, pushing her towards it, but not pushing her further from that idea, but if you do educate her, also try educating her in other religions as well, because sometimes people just believe in what they were taught as children, so by teaching her other religions she can either dig deeper into religions or move further away from them.

Let her make her own decision though after educating her. Good luck.
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Posted 6/20/14
Just be honest with her and about your beliefs when she asks. Don't push it.
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Posted 6/21/14
You came to your own conclusion on your own, you should let her do the same. Maybe she'll follow in your footsteps, or maybe she'll strengthen her belief in Christianity; either way it'd be her own choice. I think at some point there, she will question her beliefs and in that time maybe she'll come to you.

I got brought up with parents who weren't religious at all, though my school pretty much preached Christianity. We sang a lot of hymns, and such. I came to my own conclusion at a young age though, and decided to be Atheist. I guess something just didn't seem right about the whole religious thing, to me.
Posted 6/21/14 , edited 6/21/14
I believe nobody pushed their beliefs (or lack thereof) on you, did you come to the realization that God doesn't exist by yourself?

In my experience, all you can do is share your ideas or beliefs and discuss them if the other party is interested but never try to convince them that you are right and they are wrong. Everyone has the right to believe whatever they want and if you want people to respect your atheism, you should also respect their beliefs. In the case of religion, you can't prove God exists BUT you can't also prove God doesn't exist so let her be.

My family was never religious, my brothers are atheist and I used to be atheist too until I started to believe in God, it was my choice...no one forced me to believe and my brothers respect that just like I respect their lack of belief and I know nothing I do or say will make them believe just like no one could convinced me...I took that step by myself and your sister should do the same.
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Posted 6/22/14
Would it be likely for as many people to believe in God (I capitalized it, aren't I nice?) if there was no incentive to believe in God? I think many people become atheists or stay atheists because they see the fact that an unprovable incentive drives the majority of followers. To atheists that reeks of deception and since virtually every atheist has been confronted with it sometime in their lives, atheism by and large involves nullification of the incentive that perpetuates almost every religion. This is untrue for all those religions because there is no incentive to be an atheist.
Posted 6/23/14
Do it before creationists get to them.
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Posted 7/7/14 , edited 7/7/14

vangosroth wrote:

I wouldn't. It's really none of your business.


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Posted 7/9/14 , edited 7/9/14
The people who say "It's not your place", "Don't push you beliefs". Please apply that to the schools and churches. Your sister has already been indoctrinated into theism at an early age, you owe her and it's your duty to explain the other side of the coin so at least she can try and develop her own view.

There shouldn't be a need for either side to push their beliefs on the young and impressionable but since that's what theists do, they push their beliefs constantly onto naive children at an early age, it's desperate and a survival mechanism. If theism isn't forced upon the new generations then it dies out. And since that is what we are faced with as logical thinkers and atheists we should counter it by at least saying: "Hey that crazy guy with the funny hat may have told you that there is only one belief and you are born a sinner and if you don't believe you will spend eternity burning, but I am an atheist and we believe in evidence, logic and science, and if you are an atheist you don't have to live a life of constant conformation, and hey if you don't want to completely rule out god, that's cool too, there are other religions and you can also be an agnostic if you like"

I find it funny when people say things like "Urgh atheists, always trying to convince us there's no god, pushing their beliefs" When that is exactly what theism has been doing for 1000s of years. Hypocritical double standards.
Posted 7/9/14
You should never attempt to change someone unless they want to be changed.

Rather, I would bring it up with her and discuss it with her. Ask her about Christ and why she chose to follow him; ask her about other religious; talk to her about her philosophy and beliefs. If you just come up to her and tell her that Christ isn't real, she's probably going to be off-put. I mean, if someone came up to me and tried to convert me into a Christian, I'd be quite annoyed. If they started up a conversation about WHAT I thought and WHY, I would be ecstatic to share my opinion.
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Posted 7/9/14

SaintJames012 wrote:


P.S. I'm a deist


I knew I had seen this word before, but my memory was fuzzy and I had to look it up. I like it. Sounds compatible with Scientific Pantheism. Which I like.

Anyways, my two cents on the OP topic at hand:
Why are we assuming that giving up sweets for lent accomplishes nothing?
Curbing her sweet tooth could very well help prevent cavities and diabetes.
The practice of giving up something you like in general helps teach self discipline.
Just being diametrically opposed to all things practiced by theists seems a bit pigheaded to me.

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Posted 7/9/14
No. Doing that shows that you're no different than those religious fanatics pushing their beliefs on others.
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