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Old 04-23-2014, 07:14 AM
 
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Because men are smarter than women...Duh! everyone knows that!
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Old 04-23-2014, 03:31 PM
 
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It's always been more acceptable for men to be iconoclastic than women. Plus, women were traditionally seen as the "keepers" of a household's spirituality. The women in my family were always far more involved in their church than the men.
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Old 04-30-2014, 12:00 AM
 
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men are more intellectual, women more emotional.
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Old 04-30-2014, 12:04 AM
 
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I was baptized as a baby due to family pressure but even as a 9-11 year-old child, I already started questioning the existence of god and in my mind I was like ''Is he even real or is it just something created, why can't anyone see him if he exist, when was he born, how can you give birth and be a virgin still, etc.''. I wasn't like any child that easily can be told to believe into something because that's how things are, that just accepts it and never questions. I guess I was a different child for a girl, the one that like thinking and analyzing things. Then as a teen, I was already an atheist but only revealed this to my mother during either my junior or senior year of HS (I couldn't keep up the pretending anymore). Till this day, most of the family members aren't aware of this and it won't be taken too lightly by many. It sucks that most would find us weird because the world is still mainly made up of believers.
Yeah, I had similar experiences, though I was raised in a secular environment. I remember in elementary school some of my classmates would talk about 'god', and when they explained it to me I always thought it seemed completely imaginary.

There's some evidence that degree of individual religiosity might have some basis in genetics. Consider studies of identical twins separated after birth and raised in different environments. To me this is one of the most convincing methods to potentially determine how much certain behavioral tendencies can be attributed to genetics. Obviously, there's no precise way to determine this, but if two identical twins share certain specific beliefs and other behaviors it's likely there's a significant genetic basis (though determine any exact % is probably impossible).

Anyway... Researchers have found that identical twins raised apart typically have very similar levels of religiosity. This doesn't necessarily mean they'll have the same religious orientation -one might be Christian, the other Muslim- but for both twins the degree of personal importance (or lack thereof) of religion is much closer than it is for fraternal twins or non-identical siblings.

Also, the prevalence or absence of certain personal characteristics and certain 'personality types' is often indicative of how religious someone is. As much as I'd like to think that I'm secular for entirely rational reasons, in all honesty I'm probably disinclined towards religion for largely innate reasons. Like you, I remember being completely disinterested in religion from an early age - probably about 7.
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Old 04-30-2014, 04:26 PM
 
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Because men are smarter than women...Duh! everyone knows that!

Try again. Females outperform males in every subject world wide.

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Old 04-30-2014, 04:29 PM
 
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I think it's at least in part because:

1. women see the church as a social hub

2. many religous women have been brainwashed to think men "should" be in charge and they have to toe the line or else

3. historically, women were effectively shut out of so much human endeavor, the church was one of the few places they felt they had any efficacy.
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Old 04-30-2014, 06:10 PM
 
Location: Oakland, CA
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I think it's at least in part because:

1. women see the church as a social hub

2. many religous women have been brainwashed to think men "should" be in charge and they have to toe the line or else

3. historically, women were effectively shut out of so much human endeavor, the church was one of the few places they felt they had any efficacy.
I agree 100%. Reasons 1 and 3 also explain why there are so few Black atheists.
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Old 05-01-2014, 07:07 PM
 
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Women care mostly about relationships. They would have to give up relationships in order to give in to their doubts about christianity. I am a woman and an atheist and I lost many friends and family members when I owned up to it. It just made me an angry atheist who can't find any friends.
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Old 05-01-2014, 11:44 PM
 
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Women care mostly about relationships. They would have to give up relationships in order to give in to their doubts about christianity. I am a woman and an atheist and I lost many friends and family members when I owned up to it. It just made me an angry atheist who can't find any friends.
Many others on this forum have had similar experiences. It's really unfortunate that you (or anyone) is prejudged for their religious perspectives. While secular myself, I try not to judge individuals as human beings by their religious beliefs.

In fact, I don't think someone's religious beliefs are necessarily indicative of her personal character. There are plenty of wonderful, philanthropic religious persons, and plenty of secularists who are complete a-holes (sorry, but Christopher Hitchens was a major a-hole). And of course the inverse is equally true.

But yeah, I know what you mean. I've met others who I initially seemed to have a connection with, but then I expressed a secular perspective and they wanted nothing to do with me. Sad, but so it goes...
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Old 05-02-2014, 12:12 PM
 
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Try again. Females outperform males in every subject world wide.

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That's a VERY sexist thing to say! How dare you!!!!!!!

ps. based on your article, it's boys vs girls....not men vs. women
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