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Old 08-09-2019, 11:01 AM
 
Location: Chicago area
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I was raised in a house absent of religious ideology. I went through a religious phase in my younger years and that passed. I'm an atheist now.
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Old 08-09-2019, 11:03 AM
 
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Baptist born and raised. 35 years of being way to involved with Satan. Catholic now, wish there were a more traditional catholic church near me. Too much sin and temptation in this old world.
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Old 08-09-2019, 11:04 AM
 
Location: NC Piedmont
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I've been an atheist since age 14. Still one, and always will be. Others can believe and I don't mind, until they try to impose their beliefs upon those who don't share them. I don't care if they believe in angels or aliens, just don't expect others to live by their rules, or expect that their religion exempts them from their responsibilities to society.
One reason i have been less reluctant to talk about my disbelief is that it does seem to be more accepted and less people try to push theirs on others. When people press, it's hard to defend atheism without ridiculing belief.
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Old 08-09-2019, 11:13 AM
 
Location: New Mexico
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I've reached the point where religion and faith are two different things. I'm fairly traditional in my religion and belong to the protestant church (denomination) I grew up in and figures prominently in my family going back 4-5 generations. I consider some of their dogma positions as chock-full of human errors and intolerance...so I ignore them. I attend church about once a month (a 45 minute drive). Faith is something you believe and live. Like someone who is a carrier for hepatitis or chickenpox, I try to be a carrier for my faith. Other people do a better job of it but I try.
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Old 08-09-2019, 11:16 AM
 
Location: Southern California
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To be moral and good to others and yourself doesn't need religion in the mix. LESS.....

I've run into more hypocrites in my life and starting with the catholic church.
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Old 08-09-2019, 11:27 AM
 
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Never was religious. Now becoming more outspokenly nonreligious every day.
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Old 08-09-2019, 11:27 AM
 
Location: Tennessee
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One reason i have been less reluctant to talk about my disbelief is that it does seem to be more accepted and less people try to push theirs on others. When people press, it's hard to defend atheism without ridiculing belief.
I always couch things with, "I don't know."

I suspect there was some sort of "creator force" that spun it up and left the universe to its own devices beyond that. I have a hard time believing in the whole "we are so bad by default that we must go to hell unless we accept a savior" thing. Some Buddhist and Hindu concepts resonate.
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Old 08-09-2019, 12:27 PM
 
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I think, I'm less religious as in I don't go to church anymore, let alone go 2 times on Sunday, and also Wednesday night.


But I'm still a believer, and I would say I'm more spiritual, and more sure of my faith than I used to be. Maybe it just comes with age. I don't know.
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Old 08-09-2019, 12:41 PM
 
Location: NC Piedmont
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I always couch things with, "I don't know."

I suspect there was some sort of "creator force" that spun it up and left the universe to its own devices beyond that. I have a hard time believing in the whole "we are so bad by default that we must go to hell unless we accept a savior" thing. Some Buddhist and Hindu concepts resonate.
Sometimes people you are talking to think they do know and see that as an opening.

I subscribe to the eternal universe theory. It's an offshoot of quantum theory. The matter that makes up the universe has always been here and always will be. There was not a point where something came from nothing. That doesn't necessarily negate big bang - but what blew up and where did it come from? Why do we feel like there has to have been a beginning?
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Old 08-09-2019, 12:45 PM
 
Location: Tennessee
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Sometimes people you are talking to think they do know and see that as an opening.

I subscribe to the eternal universe theory. It's an offshoot of quantum theory. The matter that makes up the universe has always been here and always will be. There was not a point where something came from nothing. That doesn't necessarily negate big bang - but what blew up and where did it come from? Why do we feel like there has to have been a beginning?
Other than what I was little and being raised in the church, I think I've mellowed out a lot on religion over the years.

In high school and college, I was pretty much a militant atheist. Unless someone really presses the religion issue (and I know a few people who do), I rarely bring it up.
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