"This is an old thread, and I don't know if anyone is watching it anymore, but here is Christopher Hitchens talking about this exact issue. The link is to the video at 22:04, though the entire interview is well worth watching. At the time,…"
"I'm laughing! I've been having some wonderful time with my daughter, who is 15 and found her own way to nontheism. We've been listening to The Thinking Atheist podcasts and discussing the different ways that christians…"
"Lol, nothing wrong, in my humble, with bless you and merry christmas! I don't believe Jesus was a diety, but i still love a good party, and a believe in wishing people well when they have a cold! What i find hard is when people say stuff like,…"
"I think you should feel free to reach for the bible. There is a lot of good stuff in there, from beautiful prose to some lovely thoughts on love and peace. Just remember there is a lot of evil stuff in there too, and that is probably what lead…"
"I've been out for 3 years now. At first I would find myself wishing I still believed that praying might make a difference. As a family member was leaving for a trip or a difficult exam, I had this impulse to "bless them". It's…"
"I had to make a list of the main things that convinced me there is not god so that I could go over it when I have moments of doubt. Those moments happen often for me because I am new to Atheism. I still get a sinking feeling when I hear christians…"
"I know about it seeping into your dreams. Pisses the hell out of me. And sometimes, you don't even know what those snippets were supposed to mean. I remember a dream I had a couple of years back, of being possessed by a demon (probably another…"
"I can totally relate. This is why I like how Dr. Ray uses the virus analogy in his book. I was pretty darned brainwashed . . . . I went through a 4 year indoctrination in a fundamentalist bible college. I more or less lost my faith about…"
"Sometimes, it's hard, even when you know the facts. There are times when i think it would be easier if I was christian or even a deist, for simply settling my mother's (albeit irrational) fears. You think something like, "How could…"
"I don't find myself reaching for God or the Bible. Well....I do reach for the Bible to find those passages and contradictions that come in handy when discussing it with true believers! I do, however, find myself knocking on wood or…"
"When I was a child I really did think that way. I insisted on believing in Santa for the sake of gifts in December. Better safe 'n sorry! We all grow out of these childish habits, we just do them at different paces. Just maintain your skeptic…"
"This happens a whole lot, especially in recovering Catholics like me.
I finally put Pascal's Wager to rest just a couple of years ago, when I realized that it means that, to be on the safe side, one must appease the most savage and vindictive…"