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Old 12-31-2015, 12:58 AM
 
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I have met very few people at that age who are agnostic or atheist. I am personally an agnostic and don't believe in any religion.

Is your belief in God and religion stronger now that you are older? Any Atheists or agnostics here?
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Old 12-31-2015, 02:55 AM
 
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I've found it just as usual to find older people who have realized they aren't believers and possibly never truly were but had just been going along with convention when their lives and minds were more concerned with the other more pressing issues of earning a living, raising a family, etc.
Are there any here? I would think I'm not the only one.
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Old 12-31-2015, 03:25 AM
 
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the problem i would think is who do you talk to during sex ?
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Old 12-31-2015, 05:57 AM
 
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I am an atheist and just moved to the south.
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Old 12-31-2015, 06:13 AM
 
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I don't believe in any set dogma though I do accept the idea that spirituality is as real and important in life as material welfare. I just think people must seek themselves, find their own belief system rather than have it enforced by clergy or imposed from old traditions.

I respect people of faith, though--as long as that belief and faith doesn't lead to intolerance and bigotry.

It is important to my idea of a healthy spirit to keep an open mind.
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Old 12-31-2015, 06:26 AM
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Location: Tucson, AZ
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No religion here, either. It's just a fade to black...

I'm not 65 yet, maybe it becomes like the atheist in a foxhole when I get to that point.

But I doubt it.
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Old 12-31-2015, 06:46 AM
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Location: Georgia
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My faith is made up of atheists, agnostics and theists. We don't typically count ourselves using those labels (the way I generally think of our sub-groups within are as UU Humanists, UU Christians, UU Buddhists, UU Pagans, UU Jews, and pure UUs). However, if I had to put percentages to the three categories, I'd say we're roughly 10% atheist, 70% agnostic, and 20% theists.

There isn't much difference in the breakdown between young and old, though the complexion of each category is different between young and old. By that I mean that the young theists tend to be Jews and Pagans, while the older theists tend to be Humanists, Christians, and pure UUs (either as pantheists, deists, etc.) Regardless, there are not only many atheists and agnostics our age, but also many atheists and agnostics who engage with religious communities, recognizing that one does not preclude the other.
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Old 12-31-2015, 06:54 AM
 
Location: Central Massachusetts
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When the JW's came to my house I told them I worshipped Satan and proceeded to bring out my black candles and black robe.
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Old 12-31-2015, 06:54 AM
 
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The thing about atheists and agnostics is we don't have to talk about it all the time nor do we try to convert others. It makes it hard to find us stand-aloners.
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Old 12-31-2015, 07:14 AM
 
Location: Central NY
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As I've gotten older, I have found the beliefs I once had have definitely fizzled. I do believe in God, but I no longer believe he is all loving, all forgiving, etc.

Looking at the condition of the world, children being slaughtered and otherwise brutalized, the mass shootings, bombings, killings....... no, I don't believe that God really cares.

My so-called faith went out the window quite a few years ago. Very hard for me to believe in something I can't see or hear, but have no problem being angry and full of disbelief.
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