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Old 08-13-2011, 02:18 PM
 
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There was a poll taken on my previous board and it was interesting that half were lifetime atheists, and half deconverts. I rather think that is a reasonable percentage.
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Old 08-13-2011, 02:40 PM
 
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I don't remember, sometime in my early teens. I didn't "want" to become one (it's not a club). It just happened when I started thinking.
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Old 08-13-2011, 03:08 PM
 
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I don't remember, sometime in my early teens. I didn't "want" to become one (it's not a club). It just happened when I started thinking.
Atheism needs to go "viral", then we need to "deal" with our Govt

regarding a realistic future, its amazing home much "crap" people will tolerate

with a religious mindset.
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Old 08-13-2011, 06:18 PM
 
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There was a poll taken on my previous board and it was interesting that half were lifetime atheists, and half deconverts. I rather think that is a reasonable percentage.
I belong to the former, atheist since birth, free range feral atheist.
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Old 08-15-2011, 05:24 PM
 
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Because I let sheep be sheep, I however would rather not be led to the slaughter.
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Old 08-15-2011, 06:58 PM
 
Location: Englewood, FL
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I don't remember, sometime in my early teens. I didn't "want" to become one (it's not a club). It just happened when I started thinking.
Wait... surely you were thinking before your early teens...
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Old 08-15-2011, 07:28 PM
 
Location: Texas
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I'll keep this brief since I've told my story before here.

I was always a doubter, even as a kid. As soon as I read the Bible, taught to be literally true by the church I attended, I couldn't believe anyone could seriously believe such nonsense.

It's not that there isn't some good things in the Bible; it's just that most people, from my personnel experiences, never seemed to focus very much on any of that stuff.

Anyhow, coming to the realization that the God I was told was real was nothing more than a character made up by goat herders a few millennium ago was a liberating experience. I didn't doubt He wasn't real anymore, I knew it
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Old 08-16-2011, 03:28 AM
 
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Wait... surely you were thinking before your early teens...
I believe he means 'thinking' as distinct from just believing what he was told.
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Old 08-16-2011, 11:42 AM
 
Location: Chicago
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Wait... surely you were thinking before your early teens...
When you're a kid you are told what to do, believe in, eat, wear, etc.
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Old 08-16-2011, 12:09 PM
 
Location: Dallas: Oak Cliff
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For me I was a doubter from as early as I can remember. I can remember my mother telling me the whole story of creation and I would ask "who made God" She would say we don't ask that. It never made any sense to me.

It troubled her but my parents were not hardcore despite living in Texas. By the time I was 10 they had given up on me ever being a Christian.
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