The title is pretty self-explanatory. I had just assumed that after my research and falling out, I chose to be an Atheist. The other day I was speaking to my brother, and he said that to him Atheism wasn't really a choice. And in a way it's true. I don't think I could ever force myself to return to Christianity or believe the things I was taught. I'm kind of stuck, really. So, what do you think? Is atheism a choice?

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I wouldn't call it a choice, but then, I never had to put up with being taken to church and introduced to the whole god idea.
Meh you could have been agnostic at very least w/o religion, so i think that makes it atleast partly a choice.
I never decided to be an atheist. I've always been one.
Well, before you come to believe in a god, you are an atheist. Everyone is an atheist at birth, because no newborn has the capacity to understand, let alone accept, the existence of a god. So, in that way, it is not a choice. As you learn, however, you start to make decisions which will eventually affect the way you view the world. I would say that atheism itself is not a choice, but rather a consequence of other choices which have led you away from a believe in a god, or at least not led you towards one.
Agreed. Atheism is the default setting. Kids have to be taught about god.
Agreed, they are taught that particular answer to one of their many questions. Like "where did I come from?" (stork) "Who brings the presents?" (Santa Claus) etc.
Children, and people in general, are curious. Religion (and gods) began, and in fact still are, answers to questions that no one could answer: What is lightening, what makes things grow up out of the ground, where do we go when we die.

As skeptics and scientists and, yes, us pesky atheists that won't take god for an answer, continue to search and discover the truth behind the silliness (aka dogma) all things that can be known will ultimately be uncovered...

...and the answers will continue to be much more awe inspiring then the scapegoat shrug off called "god."
I totally agree with this! Spot on! For me not a choice. There were no choices involved at all for me. If you don't believe, then you don't believe. I never did, and to this day still don't believe in the invisible god man in the sky. I couldn't even choose to believe, because I could never get around my logic. What puzzles me is how others can choose to ignore that nagging little voice in their head called logic and rationality.
Oh wait, that's the debil.......roflmaao!!
Precisely (see Michael Shermer's "Why people believe weird things." Many people will always take the path of least resistance which in this case would be to follow the crowd or the family faith. It takes a hearty (mechanical) soul to stand apart and choose to find their own answers which is not particularly in our best interests or even a decent survival ethic (it has only been recently that atheists have not been burned for admitting such).

So for the majority of history it has been more a survival tactic, as well as basic psychology, to follow the crowd.

...and your cat does believe in god, and it is you my friend. LOL
That's not completely true, the Earth is the center of the universe, ask any catholic...
Well then, your cat is smarter than most of the people I'm surrounded by. lol
I dont think that for me becoming an Atheist was a choice. I was very young, about 8 years old, attending church, and I remember sitting there and listining to the preacher, and just thinking to myself, what a load of crap!
That then freaked me out, when I started to realize I didnt believe anything I was being taught in church, and I got scared that if I didnt force myself to believe I would go to hell and suffer for all eternity!
I tried to force "god" in my life for about a year to a year in a half, then one morning I woke up happy, because I had come to realize, it was all bull shit!
I was then the most happy I had been in a long time, I started doing my research of evolution, so I could understand better what was happoning to me. I didnt know what I was, or what I was called until I was 12 years old.
But in the end I dont think I chose to be this way, I just think I was too smart to believe the BS that they were trying to shove down my throat.
Yes -it happened for me quite young as well. But I was lucky, my parents were Jehovah's Witnesses and I was questioning their beliefs in elementary school (and getting my butt kicked for it the whole time). I am not bitter about being raised like that but as far as religions go they are right at the top of the silly list.

So I guess you could say I was a bit prejudiced (ruined spiritually) against god and religion from the beginning.

The funny thing is that all my life and to this day I still research the bible, Talmud, Quran, dead sea scrolls and Nag Hammadi texts, etc. among other histories of man as I find the beliefs of man fascinating. I truly believe that if more religious people actually researched the history of what they are accepting as truth they might think again and at least have a more educated grasp of where the beliefs came from and who inspired them and why.


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