As a child I never thought about religion, I just thought it was some big bother that I didn't want to get into so I went along with the crowd. Around the time of conformation classes (I was about 16 I think) my parents told me I had to attend them. They had never before told me I "had" or "must" do anything in regards to religion. I told them I didn't want to attend them because I thought it was a waste of time, I had enough to do as a student anyway and I feared my grades would drop. They let it go because of my dedication to getting into a good college.
I got into said college :D. I took liberal arts classes and changed my major a few times till I discovered my passion for Art History. I currently hold a masters and I'm continuing my education. (I'm a sucker for pain.) In the last three or so years I really got to thinking about me and my place in the universe so I wanted to educate myself in philosophy, ethics, and a other various humanities. Taking a religious studies class cemented my atheism, god cannot exist because everyone has a different version of god.
I enjoy looking at religious art and figuring out the origins of the style, symbolism, and story (mythology.) Currently I'm doing research for a book about christianity as a myth and discuss my thoughts through art.
I really enjoy Academic Earth. I'm watching the lecture series "New Testament and Literature" by Dale Martin of Yale University here. I hope to gain some useful information and insight for my book ;D.
Hello everybody. I'm from the Gladstone region, Queensland, Australia. I've only become aware of the atheist movement quite recently through reading about the atheist billboards making the news in the U.S. It's old news I know but I don't watch TV or read newspapers...
I'm interested in scriptural criticism because it goes hand-in-hand with my interest in Christian apologetics. I enjoy debunking religious beliefs based on scripture. I do this so I can engage Christians in discussion and encourage Bible believers to analyse their Bible critically. If they agree there could at least be some rationally unexplainable problems with the text then I try to encourage Bible believers to analyse their beliefs about religion in the same way.
I was raised Mormon, minored in Near Eastern Ancient Studies and took 2 years of Hebrew just so I could read the Hebrew Bible in it's original language (didn't quite work out but I still find the Hebrew beneficial). I started questioning my beliefs when my brother came out as gay and later left the church when he shot himself on the steps of an LDS church one year later because of their strong support of anti gay marriage amendments.
I still read the Bible religiously but for purely academic reasons (NRSV). I've also read a lot of books that analyze modern Bible scholarship and find it incredibly interesting. I think the average fundamentalist would be surprised at the number of Atheists and Agnostics there are in modern Bible scholarship teaching in theology departments of most of the Wests top colleges.