Are you open about being an atheist or are you in the closet?

I am semi in the closet. I do have to admit that I am not comfortable discussing my views with just anyone. I am the type that wants everyone to like me (such a fault I have!) and I am nervous someone will think I am a bad person. Even when I find someone who is passionate about science, I still try not to venture down that avenue. So lucky to have you guys!

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Some call Saul the antichrist. I'm sure he built Jesus up more than his followers did. Calling him the antichrist is because he changed what Jesus said and who Jesus was. The original followers did not trust or like him. He built Jesus into a superman and the 4 conflicting Gospels that we have followed along to help make the impossible stories. Without Saul of Tarsus there would have been no Jesus as wew know of him today.

It is all in the marketing, isn't it, Michael! Market an inferior product with a lot of promises and some threats;  we have a winner. 

I contend that we are both atheists. I just believe in one fewer god than you do. When you understand why you dismiss all the other possible gods, you will understand why I dismiss yours. Anonimus 

Actually, that was Stephen F. Roberts, Sylvia.

Ii HAVE TWO LISTS OF QUOTES; IN ONE SAYS ANONYMOUS AND IN THE OTHER IT SAYS S. ROBERTS...

Here is what I found about the quote:

"Brief history of The Quote...
"I contend we are both atheists, I just believe in one fewer god than you do. When you understand why you dismiss all the other possible gods, you will understand why I dismiss yours."
...Stephen F Roberts


"...Yep, that's me! I am the author of the above quote which has become a bit of a popular statement throughout the net (and some in the real world too).

 

"Semi-out" of the closet describes me as well. For the same reasons. Many people look at me, who know I'm an atheist, as an extremist. They think it's unresonable to deny the supernatural. For these folks it's a little uncomfortable so I avoid conversations about religion with them.

I never reveal my atheism to anyone I don't know well, and especially at work. I've even learned to stop talking about it, no matter how much I am baited into it, with relatives at get togethers. The conversation always becomes a heated debate and goes nowhere good. Too bad, because I love to share why atheism is a more correct version of the universe than theism. But...I've learned to choose my battles.

Slowly, I'm coming out more and more as our child grows. It's important to me that she does not feel ashamed of embracing reality. Nor should she feel uncomfortable having an atheist family!

it's important to me that she does not feel ashamed of embracing reality.

Think about the lack of self confidence in that statement CP. You are obviously undergoing withdrawal symptoms.

That comment was more of a reference to how the rest of the religious family and friends could make (or try to make)her feel.

No withdrawals here! Just happy to be atheist!

glad to hear it CP

Hi David, I was also quite shocked at how many ignorant theists there are out there. I was even more shocked at how many INTELLIGENT ignorant christians there are. Intelligence does not equal reason, it seems, as these folks are able to perform incredible feats of mental gymnastics in order to make their case. I've debated for weeks on end with some of them and was quite impressed (and disgusted) at the way they can bend reality to come around to a biblical god.

I'm going to a family reunion later this month.  I have proposed setting aside an hour to talk about politics and an hour to talk about religion.  Most who responded think I'm nuts, and playing with fire.  That's to be expected.  A very few are intrigued and say they'll drop by.  I am always open about my political positions (Sanders liberal) and religious beliefs (secular humanist).  After the reunion I'll plan to post the outcome here.

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