Thank you for your welcome (2011) and sorry for being late! (I really enjoyed your welcome, but conceited, I didn't want to expose my poor English)
Brought up in a Pentecost-family, but living in a country (Sweden) with 85% atheists I ought to, mentally, feel at home rather in a country with 85% believers, so I read Nexus with high recognition.
With no problem being an atheist, I can pity the minorities of believers here. After all, our common forefather invented religions, deities, angels etc. So for me it's why?
50 years as an atheist (And chemist) my great interest is now evolution and cosmology, topics with build-in evolution. So I'm very grateful living in era with free papers like The Scientist where you can read of all subjects outside your own sphere. If you can sort out the rubbish Internet is a "blessing". ( I like biblical words because they are so human)
I am a United Methodist atheist. I don't believe any of the shit, but I enjoy the church people and they are my friends and I don't care that they believe that shit. I just don't tell anybody I don't believe the shit, and I enjoy the people and stuff and singing in the choir. Why shouldn't I?
getting cynical over time. thinking of them as bad dna code with insidious transcription that turns them into viruses. born again means taken over by the viral instructions. you cannot reason with them as it is not a matter of intelligence. there is just something awfully wrong with them, like horrible genetic diseases such as huntington's syndrome.
It's being a while since I was on and since you welcomed me, when I first signed up.
How are you AP?
Since I sign up, I have been reading and thinking about religion more. The direction of my thinking seems to have shifted from total rejection of any religion or religious idea, to understanding how religious ideas can offer insight into human fears, motivation, and the socio-basis for delusion. I credit T Eagleton' Yale lecture (Faith, Reason, and Revolution), his response to the likes of Hitchen and Dawkins. This sympathic appreciation seems to have strengthened my atheist stance more.
What kind of experince have you had, AP, in the last year that has shaped your atheist stance, and how?
well thank you! sorry, i joined then never checked back in! i guess i need to get better at that! i think i spend more time on facebook. but thanks for saying 'welcome' and hopefully, we can chat again! :)
I'd like to invite you to join a brand new group Hang With Friends. Based on your list of fun facts, you'd make a great founding member. In fact, it would be nice if you started a "fun facts" discussion, as an ice breaker. :D You can find it in new groups. Ruth