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Old 08-11-2014, 04:00 PM
 
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It makes me feel so, you know, free to make up my own mind.

What are other advantages you've noticed?
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Old 08-11-2014, 05:18 PM
 
Location: Greenbelt, MD
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I'm an ex-Christian so I have seen both sides.

Not being a slave to an invisable deity and realizing you are the one who must get it done because there is no outside force that is going to help. Prayer never worked for me, even when it came to my religious and abusive upbringing. One wouldn't think it was too much to ask to stop the violence. It took me way too long (into my 19th birthday) to realize god was a lie.

I was relieved, free from the chains of religion.
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Old 08-11-2014, 05:27 PM
 
Location: Parts Unknown, Northern California
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Sleeping in Sunday mornings.

Not having to hang out on the Christian forum.

And mocking the televangelists, I'd really miss that if I was a believer.
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Old 08-11-2014, 07:21 PM
 
Location: Northeastern US
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My life is far more BS-free than it used to be.

I was never the rebellious type, so I never did feel particularly stifled or restricted by Christianity. However, in retrospect, even though my morality and personal standards are no different, and I'm pretty old-school, I do find the additional flexibility and freedom very nice. I'm just as married to my current S.O. as I would be if it were "official" but there are very good financial reasons not to make it official (we are both widowers and fast approaching the age when we can collect survivor's benefits if we are still single). I would have made it official contrary to my rational self-interest before, or felt guilty if I didn't. It's nice not to be hung up on that sort of thing. I still don't sleep around and I'm still loyal and devoted, but I don't need someone else to validate that for me.

By far the best reason is that I no longer have to labor mightily to rationalize why my existence looks, feels, walks, talks / quacks, smells and tastes like it would if I lived in an indifferent universe full of random stuff happening, vs what it's supposed to feel like with your magic sky daddy watching out for you and orchestrating your destiny.
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Old 08-11-2014, 07:45 PM
 
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You actually get a day of rest.
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Old 08-12-2014, 02:47 AM
 
Location: Missouri, USA
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Definitely...the ability to see the world as it truly is and use that information to plan, strategize, lead, and understand.

Atheism gives us power to work the controls of this earth and ourselves as efficiently as possible.
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Old 08-12-2014, 03:05 AM
 
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Once in the church (singing) I was glad to leave. Bunch of puffed up hypocrites and frauds.

After five or so years of 'searching', finally discarding the claims of Christianity and indeed the other religions of the Book was a huge relief. A 'deconversion experience' though I didn't understand it at the time.

A quite substantial time in eastern religion (Shaved head, purple robe) ended when I found the religious life was not for me (1) and then the challenge from a believer to 'Really read the Bible' (specifically the gospels) and that started off a study that led to where I am now (2). A militant 'New' atheist with a mission to let everyone know that the gospels do not stand up to scrutiny.

The advantage to my previously confused thinking was huge. I can see through BS more easily. I can get to the bottom of problems and mysteries more easily; facts, not my personal street cred, is what matters. And coming here.the wonderful people I have met. So clever, and knowledgeable and I like the Christians too, even if I fight with them. And it has greatly improved my vocabulary and spelling (but not my typing) - I even learned how to spell prosetylize...proselitize?

Atheism has made such a difference to my life.... ...let us now all sing atheist Hymn No 1 (and only) ... "Atheists ain't got no songs.."

(1) nor the others, they were all crossing off the days until their monastic time was up and back to the beer and babes.

(2) when I asked him to 'really read the Bible' - specifically the Gospel problems and discrepancies, he wouldn't do it, but preferred to rely on blind (and I mean blinkered) faith.

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Old 08-12-2014, 03:29 AM
 
Location: Florida
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Lack of guilt over things there is no reason to feel guilty about.
The ability to face and handle negative events in a rational and more productive manner.
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Old 08-12-2014, 04:13 AM
 
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I do not see any advantage in atheism so much as I see advantages in the processes and world views of which atheism is a result.

That is to say..... my world view is simply that I do not accept a premise, assertion, opinion or argument unless it comes with substantiation. If nothing is offered to believe X then I do not believe X.

And there are advantages to THAT process. Atheism is just a RESULT of that process given that there is NO evidence, argument, data or reasoning on offer to me to even lend a modicum of credence to the claim there is a god.

It is not atheism I see as having advantages at all... but the process that has led me to many things, including atheism.
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Old 08-12-2014, 04:35 AM
 
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I agree. But for me, the atheism had to come first and that led me to rationality - which I then found very useful applied to other areas.
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