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Why Are You an Atheist?

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Sometimes these problems can be easily solved yet we lack the motivation or even the motivation to get at the heart of the problem now I an going to ask you why you are an atheist?

– You read the works of Voltaire and became a convert?

– You are a secret Luciferian posing as an Atheist.

– You are a Communist?

_ You went to church when you were younger but never experienced God?

– You want to make yourself God and do not like competition?

-You are a postmodernisand you believe that that there is no ultimate truth?

-You read the works of Charles Darwin and are writing manuscripts of the next “My Atheist Struggle”?

– A Catholic Priest made a pass at you and you blame God?

– You are secretly in love with Richard Dawkins and have not told your parents that you are not like other men?

– You are not convinced evil exists.

_ You believe the ten commandments are harmful to the well being of human kind.

_ You are following a trend?

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January 15, 2009 at 2:51 pm

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  1. It would seem to me that the author of “Dawkinswatch” might have some suppressed desire for the man. I’m surely not watching him.

    I grew up in a the Catholic Church and I have always wondered why a priest never made a pass at me. I was much cuter then. 😉

    Not sure what postmodernisand is.

    I love competition. I challenge you to a game of Monopoly. You can bring your god or your imaginary friend or whoever.

    I would comment on each point but I have to go experience lunch.


    January 15, 2009 at 4:42 pm

  2. The answer to all of those questions:



    January 15, 2009 at 4:53 pm

  3. I became an atheist through a slow process where I came into contact with a few things here and there that didn’t add up.

    I have no capacity for faith, I never have.

    The Theory of Evolution makes much more sense with the given evidence.

    The Bible is full of contradictions and lies.

    Christians more often than not try to lie to me about facts in an attempt to convert me, they bring up things like Pascal’s Wager or other little bits that have been debunked time and time again. If the person knows they’ve been debunked and still tries to use them then they are lying in attempt to convert. Why can’t God stand on his own feet without lies?

    Most gods seem to behave like spoiled children and kill swaths of people. Why wouldn’t an infinitely intelligent being be more creative in his problem solving capabilities?

    I see no evidence for any god, the universe works in exactly the way it would if there were no gods.

    I want to define the way I use the term atheist so that there is no confusion. I define atheist as someone who has a lack of belief in any gods or supernatural entities. That means I do believe that gods to not exist, I just refute the claim that they do, until I’m shown the proper evidence.

    Sisyphus Fragment

    January 15, 2009 at 4:57 pm

  4. Heh. That’s the kind of ridiculousness that the world needs less of – I’ll be surprised if you managed to keep a straight face while writing that.


    January 15, 2009 at 9:32 pm

  5. Er, I guess I’ll just link to a few blog posts. For more information read something other than creationist literature.

    Asshat: A refutation to some arguments once made on a theist’s blog.

    A Pre-Schooler’s Journey to Disbelief: The story of my pre-school rejection of God.


    January 16, 2009 at 1:26 am

  6. […] January 16, 2009 Everybody’s favourite Internet creationist, “Dawkinswatch” (watching Dawkins so you don’t have to), is opening up his blog for comments from Atheists answering the question: Why are you an Atheist? […]

  7. My reason is very simple. There is no scientific evidence for the existence of an all powerful creator.


    January 16, 2009 at 2:36 am

  8. Amazing, 0/12.


    January 16, 2009 at 3:24 am

  9. I grew up and stopped believing in fairy tales.


    January 16, 2009 at 6:56 am

  10. My separation from christianity came in stages, first I rejected God when I read the bible and found God was nonsensical:

    …an all mighty omniscient being taking any actions? creating light without stars? embedding spiritual beings into physical bodies when simple spirits suffice? eternally punishing weak and ignorant beings without understanding of evil? Using his magic to stuff billions of species into a tiny boat so his magical flood kills everybody in the planet instead of, you know vanishing them in a microsecond with his magic?…

    and evil:

    …since he already knew Abraham would accept to kill his son, the total result of the exercise was to make Abraham have a hell of an afternoon, whats up with all the slavery, bigotry, misogynism, homophobia and ultimately all the authoritarianism and insistence in obedience against any ethical concerns one might have? Why does he demands we believe without any doubt that he will answer our prayers while at the same times makes no guarantee that he will actually answer them? and then pretends that taking no action and letting matters take its logical course constitutes an answer?…

    and poorly defended:

    Lack of evidence? Just believe it!
    Makes no sense? Just believe it!
    There are better explanations! Don’t listen, its the Devil!
    But that’s not fair! Do you want to discuss that in hell?…

    But I didn’t became an agnostic until I found that there are many other religions and that their followers are sincere.

    I became an atheist when I found out that all of them are based on false claims that must be taken on faith.

    Only science make a rigorous attempt to reach truth.

    I finally cased believing in my soul and the afterlife when I learned about neurology (and evolutionary psychology, but mostly neurology).

    It’s simple, the mind is the brain, no brain no mind, we can actually predict what part of your mind you will lose if we remove specific part of your brains, etc.


    January 16, 2009 at 6:56 am

  11. Oh, and…

    You are secretly in love with Richard Dawkins and have not told your parents that you are not like other men?

    Presumably women can’t be secretly in love with Richard Dawkins?


    January 16, 2009 at 6:59 am

  12. – You read the works of Voltaire and became a convert?


    – You are a secret Luciferian posing as an Atheist.

    Not that, either.

    – You are a Communist?

    I thought I was, when I was 12. I stopped believing in communist teleology around the time I stopped believing in other silly things like God/gods.

    _ You went to church when you were younger but never experienced God?

    Why assume church? I went to Synagogue. And no, I’ve never

    – You want to make yourself God and do not like competition?

    Why would I want to be a megalomaniac interstellar dictator?

    -You are a postmodernist (sic) and you believe that that there is no ultimate truth?

    Ugh. I like postmodernists about as much as I like fundie creationists. You should have used an uppercase “T” in truth. These things matter when you’re talking about philosophical absurdity.

    -You read the works of Charles Darwin and are writing manuscripts of the next “My Atheist Struggle”?

    Yes, I’ve read Darwin. And no. Just, no.

    – A Catholic Priest made a pass at you and you blame God?

    If I blamed God for anything, that wouldn’t be particularly atheistic of me. No, I think human beings are screwed up enough on their own.

    – You are secretly in love with Richard Dawkins and have not told your parents that you are not like other men?

    I’ll pass that question on to my girlfriend.

    – You are not convinced evil exists.

    Sure, people do pretty nasty things, but what does human behavior have to do with God? People also do some amazing things. All I know is, human beings are pretty complicated creatures. I don’t believe in pure evil as some kind of external force, and I don’t need religion to confront and control those parts about myself that I’m not proud of.

    _ You believe the ten commandments are harmful to the well being of human kind.

    Which set of 10 Commandments? There are at least three in the Old Testament. And why don’t they prohibit rape, torture, child abuse or slavery?

    _ You are following a trend?

    Never been the type to do much of that, no.



    January 16, 2009 at 9:00 am

  13. “Presumably women can’t be secretly in love with Richard Dawkins?”

    @Elles- Or maybe women can’t be atheists? Throughout the questions there’s the assumption that whoever answers will be male and an ex-Christian. As though people don’t go from, I don’t know, Judaism or Buddhism to atheism?


    January 16, 2009 at 9:16 am

  14. Elles, I think maybe women can’t really be atheists? Besides it is your job to be barefoot and pregnant in the kitchen doing god’s will supporting your man and his other wives!

    I mean really, can you come up with more lame reasons?

    Oh please bring on the hot air of evolution.


    January 16, 2009 at 12:10 pm

  15. Some of the following was borrowed, but pretty much sums me up better than I ever could.

    Growing up I was encouraged to go to different churches, learn about different religions, make a choice (or not) when I felt I had found (God?)something. There were things I liked, and things I didn’t like. However, there were always too many unanswered questions. One thing I realized is that the Bible stories, and believers’ interpretations of them, were not as seamless as they were made out. Believing that the truth could not harm me I continued to pursue answers, and intellectually (if not outwardly) refused to accept the unsatisfying “pat answers” offered by theologians. Eventually I realized that religions could never withstand the same empirical scrutiny that scientists, engineers, and even historians routinely demanded of their practices — that ultimately the question of faith was personal and non-rational, and that religious faith required a leap that I was not prepared to make My current position is not fixed in stone either: I remain open minded should compelling evidence or arguments present themselves, but so far, despite continued examination of the topic, this has not happened.

    I think in Dawkninswatch’s world all atheists are men.


    January 16, 2009 at 1:29 pm

  16. Your list of most likely reasons why I, and others, are atheists demonstrates your complete lack of knowledge of atheism and science. This will surely come as a complete surprise to you but the answer for most of us, is not on your list.

    If you truly want to understand us, you need to step outside the gated, locked community of your religion. There’s a reason why we frequently call ourselves, “freethinkers”.


    January 16, 2009 at 2:27 pm

  17. I became an atheist because I could keep my intellectual integrity by remaining a christian. I am a man of intellectual curiosity and honesty. In order to hold true to these values, reality demanded that I become an atheist. That’s all there is to it.

    Do you know what it means to be intellectually satisfied? Do you know how nice it is to not have to invent pegs to fit all the holes of Christianity? Do you know how nice it is to not have to try to make sense of the world in the context of “God’s Plan.”

    If the christian god exists, the only words that can adequately describe him is “sadistic” and “hateful.” Only a sadistic and hateful god would make beings capable of feeling pain, and then sentence most of them to an eternity of torture. It is not intellectually or morally acceptable to worship such a being, regardless of whether or not that being exists. When I realized that, I was free from reins of christianity to explore other options. Interestingly enough, that path of inquiry led to atheism.


    January 16, 2009 at 2:38 pm

  18. Because there is no evidence for the existence of a god, or supernatural intervention of any kind.
    None at all.

    Bipedal Tetrapod

    January 16, 2009 at 3:03 pm

  19. Growing up I was not indoctrinated into religion. Yet I was fascinated by it- I learned about many different religions, and compared them to each other. I was intrigued by the many commonalities between religions- yet many of those same religions said THEY were right and the others were wrong, despite the common threads.

    As I got older, my life experience, as well as continued investigation/reading (including the entire bible), led me to believe that religion itself was silly. I believed in God for a while, in an Agnostic sort of way, until more recently, when I finally admitted to myself that it simply did not make sense to me.

    I found that the more people tried to convince me about God and religion, the more it didn’t make sense to me. Of course, the more I learned about the Universe, and Physics, and Evolution, the more I began to feel that God and religion were just tools people used to understand the universe, when they couldn’t understand more complex things. Personally I found that my life, and my place in the universe held more meaning for me when I started to understand the immensity of it all, minus the aspect of “God.” If I don’t believe in God, and Heaven, then my time here is much more rich and valuable because I don’t get a second chance.

    I find the entire universe more amazing and beautiful, not less, when I think about happenstance and science, rather than someone waving their hand and just making it happen.

    I find more comfort when thinking about death, in the fact that it just ends, and the matter that makes “me” will become part of the universe and continue the cycle of life, than I would in the idea of eternal judgement.

    I’ve come to believe that religion has largely been a tool of control through the ages. I believe that ethics and morality existed long before the Bible did, and are a very reasonable offshoot of evolution and communal living (every species on the planet that lives in a group has a code of conduct, and enforces it).

    All in all I’m not explaining very well. But I’m neither a communist nor in love with Richard Dawkins. I’ve never been molested by priests. I take the time to give back to my community and try to good things for people. I don’t believe in Satan, either.


    January 16, 2009 at 3:58 pm

  20. …or maybe just because I have never seen or experienced any physical evidence of a supernatural being. But another major reason for me is that the number of different religions and gods around the world is likely somewhere in the thousands. Why does your religion have any more legitimacy than any of the others? In other words, why should I worship the Christian God over the god of some indigenous tribe in southern Africa? The hypocrisy of ANY religious sect that vehemently proclaims the superiority of their religion over another or that they have the one “true” God is just absolutely appalling to me.


    January 16, 2009 at 4:13 pm

  21. I’m an atheist because not only are there no gods, but also because all the arguments for the existence of God are spectacularly, embarrassingly stupid.

    The Barefoot Bum

    January 16, 2009 at 4:23 pm

  22. I need time to come and deal with individual points, I will point out that from the comments I have heard you are materialist rather than true atheist. Maybe you are Atheist because you are materialists.

    Does The Spirit Realm exist?

    Is it amazing that this post has attracted so many Atheist?


    January 16, 2009 at 4:43 pm

  23. Interesting. I deduce that:

    You want to associate atheism both with communism and with Nazism. Good luck with that.

    You assume atheists are men.

    You’re not great on grammar and spelling.

    In answer to your question: I came to see that there are many contradictory religions, none offering sufficient evidence to reject all the others. Why don’t you believe in Thor?


    January 16, 2009 at 4:54 pm

  24. A non-atheist posting something with the atheism tag on WordPress is like a drop of blood in the water to sharks. WordPress atheists are like sharks, they’ll pop up in a frenzy and then in a few hours it’s over and they’re gone.

    Sisyphus Fragment

    January 16, 2009 at 5:45 pm

  25. sisyphus, but the blood is so good…


    January 16, 2009 at 5:59 pm

  26. oh, and I’m a socialist…does that count?


    January 16, 2009 at 6:00 pm

  27. “you are materialist rather than true atheist”

    A pile of atheists respond and you refuse to believe they are “true atheists”. I’m sorry, but YOU don’t get to define ‘atheist’ and then declare us false atheists (as an aside, are you a TRUE Christian?).

    Anti-evolutionists like Ken Ham and Kent Hovind make a lucrative living by misdefining evolution (since it’s a scientific theory shouldn’t scientists be allowed to define their own theory?) and then showing how the scientific evidence doesn’t support their misrepresentation, thus evolution is wrong.

    Honestly dawkinswatch, do you really want to know why we are atheists or are you just mumbling to yourself inside your Christian sanctuary? I’m willing to try and explain it to you but you have to be prepared to accept that your preconceived ideas just might be wrong. I am.


    January 16, 2009 at 6:22 pm

  28. “I was a communist when I was a kid, and I’m not sorry.”

    -Allen Ginsberg


    January 16, 2009 at 6:22 pm

  29. @Sisyphus

    The problem is we’re sick of people spouting unsubstantiated, unresearched, vitriolic idiocy about us and then claiming to be morally superior. Correction, it’s not idiocy; there isn’t enough stupid in the universe to account for the volume of this tripe we see on a daily basis. The vast majority of it is intentional, bigotted, lying for Jesus.

    So, no. We’re not ‘gone’. We’ve just moved on to the next steaming pile of theofalsity that needs shovelling up. It’s like a giant game of whack-a-mole but less funny and orders of magnitude more terrifying.

    Mike Higginbottom

    January 16, 2009 at 6:23 pm

  30. “I need time to come and deal with individual points, I will point out that from the comments I have heard you are materialist rather than true atheist. Maybe you are Atheist because you are materialists.

    Does The Spirit Realm exist?

    Is it amazing that this post has attracted so many Atheist?”

    No, I do not believe any “Spirit Realm” exists.

    And, no, it’s not so amazing.

    Actually I went from agnosticism/deism/pantheism/spiritualism to materialism, so yes, I am an atheist because I am a materialist. BUT, I’m also a humanist. This has only indirectly to do with materialism.

    Ask me why I’m a humanist. You might be surprised. Come on, ask me. Come on… Maybe you want to keep to your narrow belief/non-belief prism instead of talking about something that matters… like ethics.


    January 16, 2009 at 6:40 pm

  31. “I need time to come and deal with individual points, I will point out that from the comments I have heard you are materialist rather than true atheist. Maybe you are Atheist because you are materialists.”

    Um. Excuse me?

    “Does The Spirit Realm exist?”

    Let me reiterate. There is no evidence for the supernatural. Period. No hint or inkling or tease. Nothing but fairy tales, or in your case, ghost stories.

    Bipedal Tetrapod

    January 16, 2009 at 7:12 pm

  32. “I need time to come and deal with individual points…”

    Oh won’t that be fun!

    “I will point out that from the comments I have heard you are materialist rather than true atheist.”

    And I will point out, that once again, you are wrong.


    January 16, 2009 at 10:25 pm

  33. Anyone surprised that Dawkinswatch hasn’t taken my ethics challenge?

    Come on, DW. Ask me an important question. Like “Why am I a humanist?” I’ve bookmarked this site, and I’ll be waiting, in the event that the Wizard of Godz gives you your courage.

    By the way: this is “Tin Man.” He died because stem cell technology wasn’t advanced enough to save his failing heart. “Scarecrow” might have lived a good, Christian life, if only his intelligent designer had given him a body free of Trisomy 21, the genetic condition that causes Down’s Syndrome. And Dorothy here just wants to go home… away from the polygamist cult where at the tender age of 16 she was married to a man in his fifties, and his five other wives.

    So, to take a page from your favorite book, “Let my people go.”


    January 16, 2009 at 11:13 pm

  34. I’m a theist and a Christian who thinks Voltaire makes a good read, am a democratic socialist, and who does not believe evil “exists” because I agree with Saint Augustine that evil is the privation of good, not a substantial “thing” or “force” Not sure where that puts me in the survey but given my two cents worth.


    January 17, 2009 at 5:01 am

  35. @rgz

    The problem of evil might be more subtle than you think, God created Lucifer an angel- Isiah 14 but the angel wanted to be like God.


    January 17, 2009 at 12:26 pm

  36. If your ‘G’od is so powerful, why not get rid of Lucifer who is messing up the lives of ‘H’is favourite creation? Either ‘G’od is not all-powerful or ‘G’od is not all-loving, which is it? The simplest solution is that there are no gods or devils and the world works without them.

    It’s been said that evil is created in the pursuit of evil.

    A final thought dawkinswatch: Has it ever occurred to you to see how many people ‘G’od has killed in the Bible vs. Satan? You may be surprised to learn that Satan killed 10 (with ‘G’od’s approval but they were resurrected – Job’s family). ‘G’od killed at least 2.3 million but it’s likely much, much higher. Here’s the list using your Bible’s account: http://dwindlinginunbelief.blogspot.com/2006/08/how-many-has-god-killed.html

    Why are you worshipping a mass murderer?

    Why is Satan vilified for simply wanting to become like ‘G’od but the mass-murderer is considered all-loving? Maybe ‘G’od is the bad guy and has hoodwinked you into thinking Satan is bad?

    It’s refreshing to know that there is no evidence for any of this nonsense.



    January 17, 2009 at 4:08 pm

  37. I’m an atheist, a materialist and a communist. Got a problem with that?

    The Barefoot Bum

    January 18, 2009 at 3:48 am

  38. I am an atheist and a capitalist. I can answer “no” to every one of the questions.

    Your assumptions are flawed and you really need to rethink – ideally without starting from such a baseless foundation.

    Humanistdad pretty much said everything I could think of here.


    January 18, 2009 at 9:59 am

  39. Why am I an atheist? Not for any of the reasons listed here. The supposed ‘reasons’ why someone would be atheist are fairly stupid and, quite frankly, what I’d expect from someone who doesn’t put much thought into the actual reasons why someone would become atheist.

    – You read the works of Voltaire and became a convert?

    I actually had no idea who Voltaire was (besides some random dead guy) before I looked him up on Wikipedia. Given that I really dislike reading Enlightenment era British writers, I doubt I would have ever enjoyed reading his. And you generally have to enjoy something to “convert” to it willingly.

    Also, Voltaire is supposed to have been a Deist – so really, this question speaks more to agnostics. Agnosticism is not the same thing as atheism.

    – You are a secret Luciferian posing as an Atheist.

    What the hell is a Luciferian? Some off-shoot of Satanism… if I understood the Wiki correctly. Ummm…. no. How about, ‘are you a secret Luciferian posing as a Christian?’ And for the record, its atheist and atheism. The ‘a’ is not capitalized.

    – You are a Communist?
    No again.

    Why does everyone lump atheism and Communism together? That’s like saying that since you’re a bigot, you must be part of the Repubican party. (Cheap shot, I know.) X does not imply Y here.

    _ You went to church when you were younger but never experienced God?

    Ooooh, oooh! I know the answer to this one! It’s – no!

    I did go to church when I was younger. I hated it, but it was because I had to wear a dress and it made me miss lunch. (Seriously, church-going parents, feed your children. Please.) While we eventually stopped going, none of that has anything to do with why I’m atheist now. Though it probably helped that I wasn’t having ignorance shoved down my throat every Sunday.

    And what do you mean by “experience God”? You mean one of those things where you going into hysterics, and bark like a dog, or some crazy shit?

    – You want to make yourself God and do not like competition?

    Haha, you must think atheists are the ultimate egomaniacs, thinking this is a possible reason. No, that’s usually reserved for crazy cult leaders. And you would have to believe that a god could exists to even imagine you’d have competition… so wait! Are you talking about the Biblical God, who claims to be the only one in existence and yet has to put out any imagined competition?

    -You are a postmodernisand you believe that that there is no ultimate truth?

    Spellcheck alert! There is no such thing as postmodernisand. Do you mean postmodernist / postmodernism?

    For one thing, the word “postmodern” confounds me. Post is “after”, modern is “related to the present” – so postmodern technically refers to the future, even though it doesn’t. Why don’t we call it futurism?

    Okay, back on track – I’m not a postmodernist. As for this thing about “truth” – there is not ever any ultimate truth. So, no, again.

    -You read the works of Charles Darwin and are writing manuscripts of the next “My Atheist Struggle”?

    Haven’t yet read Darwin. As a college undergrad majoring in physics, Darwin isn’t a guy that’s next on my reading list. And is that supposed to be a book… no, since the only Google hit was back to the post these questions are from.

    – A Catholic Priest made a pass at you and you blame God?

    Maaaaan, those Catholic Priests, they’re out to get you. I’ve actually never met a Catholic Priest, so such a situation has never come up.

    And how serious a “pass” are you talking about? Are you talking about the when they molest young children and teens? Or are you talking about a “pass”, where he uses some crappy lines like “hey baby, can I get your number” or “I can show you a real good time”?

    I’d never let this hypothetical Priest get away with the first version of the pass. The second one is just a very annoying part of a girl’s life you learn to deal with. Unless you can sue random idiots for trying to grab a date with a random stranger.

    – You are secretly in love with Richard Dawkins and have not told your parents that you are not like other men?

    WAIT, WHAT?! Richard Dawkins gay sexxors?! WHERE’S THE FANFICTION FOR THIS, DAMMIT!

    Sorry, you made my inner yaoi fangirl squee in delight. Unfortunately, I am a girl, so I am definitely “not like other men”, to use your phrasing. But lo! Such a man would be like other men! For there is more than one gay man in this entire world, quite luckily.

    – You are not convinced evil exists.

    Why would dis/belief in evil be the basis for dis/belief in a god/s or religion? Again, X does not imply Y.

    To be honest, I do not believe in evil, though I use the word in my vocabulary. I believe people can be bad or good, depending on their choices, but I do not believe that there is any evil.

    _ You believe the ten commandments are harmful to the well being of human kind.

    Interesting question, but do tell, how does this relate to one’s atheism at all? There are many atheists who think the ten commandments are a decent starting point, while there are others who think they aren’t.

    _ You are following a trend?

    A trend? What sort of trend? Like a trend-line? A social trend like fashion? But no. You are wrong again.

    If I were to distill the reasons I am atheist and (generally) humanist, it would be because religion is nonsensical to me, and I don’t need to interpose “something” where there is nothing. Religion is like aether, but more nonsensical.


    January 19, 2009 at 12:37 am

  40. The barefoot Bum,

    You know that Karl Marx was a practising Satanist?


    January 19, 2009 at 6:45 pm

  41. Karl Marx was an atheist, not a Satanist.

    Actually, I know several Satanists. They’re much nicer people than most Christians.

    The Barefoot Bum

    January 20, 2009 at 12:09 am

  42. […] You went to Dawkinswatch’s blog, you commented, he decided that the main reason we were all Atheists was because we were materialists, he wrote a new post. […]

  43. Since ‘probably’ is no Satan, I don’t worship him/her/it but it’s more appropriate to worship Satan than god.

    The Bible makes far more sense if you start by assuming god is bad.


    January 21, 2009 at 1:13 am

  44. Oh god. I can’t believe I’ve been found out.

    I thought NO one could ever guess that I’m really just a devil worshipping, trend-following, communist, god wannabe who was raped by a priest as a child.

    You, sir, are quite the perceptive cookie.


    January 23, 2009 at 10:25 pm

  45. I grew up in a conflicted, dual-religion household. Religion around me was, fortunately, very much the “I’m-OK, you’re-OK” generic variety, so I wasn’t exposed much to fanaticism. This was New York, so we were never expected to turn our backs on science or critical thinking. In high school I was mostly indifferent to religion, but a teacher I admired said that without God, life wouldn’t have much purpose. So I said OK to belief, but in a very lukewarm sort of way. This continued right up through the first 6 years of my first marriage. But for a variety of reasons, I wasn’t too satisfied with my life or myself, and around that time, I moved from the northeast to the south (the bible belt). Churches with cheerful, welcoming signs stood on every corner. I wanted some sort of magic in my life; I suppose I had given up on being able to effect any meaningful change on my own. All the church people insisted that all I had to do was put my faith in Jesus and he would fix my life and never let me down. I dived head-first into Christianity and gave it my all (except for the politics – I could never bring myself to become anti-abortion or anti-gay, though fiscally, I moved a bit to the right). I paid careful attention to the theology, attended a variety of churches and read the bible from cover to cover. I talked myself into feeling “the spirit” a few times, and tried to see a transcendent, supernatural meaning in everything. At times, this backfired, since that made it easy to become fearful, narrow-minded and superstitious.

    This went on for 15 years. By this time, my son was in his early teens and had already informed me that while he didn’t loathe religion, he didn’t relate to it and preferred to keep a distance.

    By this time, I’d fallen on some hard times (i.e. unemployment and depression). Sitting idle at one of my many temp jobs, it occurred to me that there had been a time, once, when I was much happier. Upon some review, I realized that that happy time was BEFORE I became a Christian. I thought about all the ways I’d denied myself and rejected my own ego and opinions, as well as logic and reason, in order to bring myself into line with what I thought God wanted. In addition to this, though I had prayed daily for some help with my problems, it seemed things were just getting worse. In a rather sudden decision, I decided to start expending my mental energy on taking care of my own needs and relying on my own judgment, rather than waiting around for God to do it. Not only did things begin turning around for me immediately, but I felt as though a huge weight had been lifted from me.

    My “recovery” took a few years; it was a gradual process. I joined a Unitarian Universalist congregation, which welcomes believers AND non-believers of all types, and affirms life and joy and reason. I liken myself to a former cultist who undergoes deprogramming. I feel more alive now than I ever did during my Christian phase.

    I feel more welcomed and affirmed by fellow atheists than I ever did by Christians, because I know I can accept the hand of friendship and not feel compelled to count my fingers afterward. I find the behavior of believers now to be pathetic and often abhorrent.

    Sometimes believers ask me why I’m so hostile toward them. I assure them that whatever anger they perceive is directed at myself, for having let myself be duped for so long.


    January 26, 2009 at 12:48 am

  46. […] Why Atheism, You May Ask? The other day I followed a thread from Splendid Elles to a post by Dawkinswatch asking “Why are you an Atheist?” […]

  47. That has GOT to be the most ridiculous set of reasons available. What it says to me is that you do not understand atheism at all. What is a ‘true atheist(tm)’ by the way? Why is a disbelief in god(s) through following a naturalist philosophy disqualify such people from being ‘true atheists(tm)’?

    As for pretty much everyone here, the answers to the list of inanities are ‘no’. The answers to your subsequent questions (Does The Spirit Realm exist? Is it amazing that this post has attracted so many Atheist?) also are ‘no’. To the latter, in addition, word gets round with people saying, ‘don’t fundies say the darndest things?’


    January 28, 2009 at 2:47 pm

  48. To steal a quote..”I think therefore I am.”

    lewis thomason

    February 4, 2009 at 2:43 am

  49. This is so fucked up and hasn’t anything to do with the reason of atheism!
    I am an atheist because I know things that most people don’t know, and these things show me the non-existence of a superior, creator, spiritual being(s).
    By the way, I am SO ANTI-COMMUNIST… No one needs to be communist just because they’re atheists


    May 23, 2010 at 12:35 pm

  50. I am an atheist in the fact that I simply do not believe in supernatural beings, divine or otherwise. The statement “a priest made a pass at you and you blame god” shows your clear inability to grasp atheism. An atheist would not blame god because we DO NOT BELIEVE HE EXISTS.

    I sincerely have more reason to believe in Santa Clause than god. Once, present magically appeared on Christmas day for me and I was convinced he was real. I have NEVER, not once had something even close to that same “proof” of gods existence. With a certainty of 100% I can say that all of the acts attributed to “God” (of which most are sinister in outcome), have all been the product of humans.


    February 20, 2012 at 10:54 pm

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