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Old 09-14-2013, 07:08 PM
 
Location: NW NJ & SE Oahu
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Two alcoholic parents (in a loveless marriage) and a schizophrenic older brother (suicide) started the ball rolling for me.

Then...along came George Carlin..
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Old 09-15-2013, 11:48 PM
 
Location: City of Angels
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My parents are atheists and never talked about religion when I was growing up. Wasn't really exposed to how crazy religious people are until adulthood.
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Old 09-16-2013, 01:42 AM
 
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Like all people, I was born an atheist. I just never stopped being one.
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Old 09-16-2013, 02:35 AM
 
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The atheist experience show on Youtube turned me super atheist in the blink of an eye, also reading the bible and learning more about science and other religions helped too. What did it for you?
Nothing. There is no point in my life where I recall ever buying the lies. Even a little bit.
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Old 09-16-2013, 04:27 AM
 
Location: SGV, CA
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For me atheism takes on a racial factor. As I became more aware of my ethnic heritage during my late teens, I also realized that Christianity was something foisted onto my psyche by the WASP normative ethos prevalent throughout America. I eventually realized that I was clinging to a culture that wasn't mine, which made it easy to reject Christianity for the social indoctrination it is.
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Old 09-16-2013, 04:50 AM
 
Location: Venice Italy
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The age of reason made ​​me an atheist, however, the issue is not resolved because the human mind is unable to explain... our existence is inexplicable
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Old 09-16-2013, 06:52 AM
 
Location: Northeastern US
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The age of reason made ​​me an atheist, however, the issue is not resolved because the human mind is unable to explain... our existence is inexplicable
That's okay. It's better to admit you don't know what you don't know, at least until and unless the situation changes. Religion is contriving explanations for which data isn't available. The resulting explanations don't even rise to the level of hypotheses most of the time, as they are either logically inconsistent and/or untestable.

So the "resolution" is to learn to sit with uncertainty and to be unwilling to draw conclusions that aren't warranted or substantiated.
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Old 09-16-2013, 07:25 AM
 
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Nothing. I always was.
This
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Old 09-16-2013, 08:08 AM
 
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The age of reason made ​​me an atheist, however, the issue is not resolved because the human mind is unable to explain... our existence is inexplicable
That's ok. Irreligion aside (and one can be a theist but have no truck with religion) agnosticism about cosmic and even biological origins is a reasonable stance. My atheism reserves belief on that. Others might prefer to say 'undecided - agnostic'. The question has been debated often enough and both sides have a case, though I do think the naturalist -materialist case has more going for it, but then I would, I suppose.
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Old 09-16-2013, 08:12 AM
 
Location: North Carolina
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I can't ever remember believing in god.
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