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Was there a particular event in your life that contributed to you becoming atheist?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Christopher Cosgrove Jul 29, 2015. 70 Replies

I'm new to this site, so I apologize ahead of time if this topic is repetitive.About a month ago, a close family member of mine passed away after a four year battle with cancer.  She was diagnosed at…Continue

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Christopher Cosgrove replied to Kalista Whitney's discussion Was there a particular event in your life that contributed to you becoming atheist?
"I don't think I had a single incident that resulted in my de conversion or move to atheism but I was constantly bothered by the inconsistencies and hypocrisy that I saw. I went to a Catholic Church and remember when I was only six or seven…"
Jul 29, 2015
Concerned parent replied to Kalista Whitney's discussion Was there a particular event in your life that contributed to you becoming atheist?
"I lost family over the years and am familiar with the heart searing pain of losing someone close. It gave me comfort to think they were "in a better place". When my mother passed after a two year battle with ALS, I was devistated. As I sat…"
Jul 28, 2015
Eric Sergent replied to Kalista Whitney's discussion Was there a particular event in your life that contributed to you becoming atheist?
"A bit different for me. (blush) I actually rejected religion, christianity, because I felt there was something very wrong with nuns and priests. I found nuns and priest creepy and they scared me. So to avoid the creepshow I just rejected all that…"
May 22, 2015
Michael Penn replied to Kalista Whitney's discussion Was there a particular event in your life that contributed to you becoming atheist?
"Thanks for that link, damian. That's some scarey stuff and sounds like somebody can't understand that non-theist has nothing to do with Satan. I missed this one because I've not kept up with Hemant Mehta recently. I hope they get this…"
Oct 11, 2014
Michael Penn replied to Kalista Whitney's discussion Was there a particular event in your life that contributed to you becoming atheist?
"My critical thinking came by watching Jerry DeWitt videos on You Tube. I started waking up then. I have never met Jerry, but the way I see it we are both still preachers of a sort. He got further along in the ministry than I did also."
Oct 11, 2014
On my Kneesus for Jesus! replied to Kalista Whitney's discussion Was there a particular event in your life that contributed to you becoming atheist?
"Fuck, why do you people always give such long replies to shit?"
Oct 11, 2014
On my Kneesus for Jesus! liked Kalista Whitney's discussion Was there a particular event in your life that contributed to you becoming atheist?
Oct 11, 2014
Michael Penn replied to Kalista Whitney's discussion Was there a particular event in your life that contributed to you becoming atheist?
"What happens when you don't pray is relatively the same thing that happens when you do  pray."
Oct 11, 2014
Michael Penn replied to Kalista Whitney's discussion Was there a particular event in your life that contributed to you becoming atheist?
"Dave, I used to be a lay preacher. Later I come to realize that prayers are not answered. If you think they are it is a coincidence. I'm not on a fence. There is no logical evidence for a god. He does nothing because he is imaginary."
Oct 11, 2014
PlainDave replied to Kalista Whitney's discussion Was there a particular event in your life that contributed to you becoming atheist?
"I "became" a christian when I was 17. I remained a faithful Christian for 37 or 38 years. Then a few years ago I started to doubt the existence of a god. I'm somewhat on the fence now. However, I've come to realize that my…"
Oct 11, 2014
jay H replied to Kalista Whitney's discussion Was there a particular event in your life that contributed to you becoming atheist?
"There were lots of turning points for me, I was raised in a very religious family, but I never could fully get into it even though I tried (felt it was my obligation). I started, at some point, to step outside my viewpoint and imagine how I would…"
Oct 11, 2014
Grinning Cat replied to Kalista Whitney's discussion Was there a particular event in your life that contributed to you becoming atheist?
""...who seemed to have an obsession with begetting." That also aptly describes quite a few religionists who use that book, who are extremely concerned with who is doing what kind of begetting (or not begetting) with whom!"
Oct 11, 2014
Caroline Aurora replied to Kalista Whitney's discussion Was there a particular event in your life that contributed to you becoming atheist?
"i'd been involved in a conservative christian church for around 10 years. Struggled - for most of that time - to do what was required of members, and to believe the teachings. In the end I quit fighting it - mainly because I found that it…"
Oct 10, 2014
ShroudedAtheist replied to Kalista Whitney's discussion Was there a particular event in your life that contributed to you becoming atheist?
"I was 12, it was a particularly wet and cold day outside and I didn't have anything else to read, so I read the bible for the first time.  The whole shebang.  Then, I shook my head, thought, "It didn't really say that…"
Aug 22, 2014
paul babcock replied to Kalista Whitney's discussion Was there a particular event in your life that contributed to you becoming atheist?
"Sorry to hear about that death' death. But in answer to your question, for me , no, there was no particular event. It was instead a long, decade or so, journy from theism to doubting and questioning theism, to deism, to agnosticism, to finaly…"
Aug 4, 2014
Morgan West replied to Kalista Whitney's discussion Was there a particular event in your life that contributed to you becoming atheist?
"What sparked my atheism was actually my interest in Christian Apologetics. I wanted to become well versed in all the questions atheists ask and know all the answers to them. But I ended up inding that the apologists arguments were unsound and…"
Aug 4, 2014

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I recently lost a loved one to a four year battle with cancer. After talking with her on her death bed, she told me, "I'm not ready to go yet." However, she passed away this morning despite her will to live. Although I was raised Catholic, the teachings of the church never resonated with me. Instead, I found agnosticism much more plausible, and it worked for me - until now. I've come to the conclusion that I would be crazy to believe in a god who would allow such tragedies to happen or god who permits such incomprehensible depths of pain. All the prayers in the world, and all for nothing. The god I once believed in was nothing more than wishful thinking.
Fortunately I found this site, and I am hoping to find support for those who are grieving - without the preachy religious nonsense.

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At 1:43pm on July 4, 2014, waseem mughal said…

Hi Kalista Whitney... Hope you are doing good..... Yes we are here to help you.... My story is a bit similar to yours.....i hope we can be good friends

At 8:01pm on January 19, 2014, Steph S. said…

Greetings! Welcome to the site!

At 6:39pm on January 19, 2014, Dr. Terence Meaden said…

And welcome to the busy group "Origins". 

At 5:02pm on January 19, 2014, Dr. Terence Meaden said…

Hi Kalista

That's a very nice understandable introduction. Welcome to Atheist Nexus---an internet world of rationality and peace, common sense and freethinking wisdom. You will find many like-minded freethinking atheists--friendly, caring rational people. 

We invite you to join the busy group "ORIGINS: Universe, Astronomy, Life, Earth, Humans, Religion, Gods, Atheism, Evolution, Darwin..." with 880 discussion topics and nearly 4000 members.

http://www.atheistnexus.org/group/originsuniverselifehumankindanddarwin
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At 1:58pm on January 19, 2014, Kalista Whitney said…
Hello. I'm new to this site, and I am trying to upload a profile picture. For some reason it posted to the main photo collection. If anyone could help me with this, it would be much appreciated. Thanks!
 
 
 

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