I'm a musician in Nashville. I'm originally from Muscle Shoals, Alabama, where I was raised in the Church of Christ. The very conservative anti-science thinking screwed up my worldview for a long time. I still have a major guilt complex from it. I stopped attending church around 17 or 18, but it took me until I was 22 to realize that there was no magic being in the sky looking out for me, that I should have paid more attention in science classes, that people who didn't follow the Bible to the letter were not in danger of burning in a lake of fire (and thus were not in need of "saving"), and that I had probably been behaving very ridiculously for my entire life but had not been self-aware enough to realize it. It's been kind of awkward transitioning. I tried being "agnostic" for a while, but with a little help from Richard Dawkins I realized that I was really just an atheist. Or rather I just don't believe. Calling myself an atheist implies that I'm a member of some kind of group that is lumped together because of what the members refuse to believe rather than what they do. I kind of don't like the idea, but I do think that due to the state of things in this culture (U.S.A./Bible Belt) it has become important for atheists to find each other, discuss ideas, and "come out" so that we can no longer be marginalized. I realize it's a long time coming because God is such a taboo, but there are so many nonbelievers out there who are either terrified that they'll be punished with hell, terrified of the social repercussions, or maybe they're just a couple of science lessons away from realizing the difference between fact and... nonsense. I'm ready to learn more and try and make a difference.
Hope I meet some interesting people here!
I'm a musician in the Nashville area.