All Blog Posts Tagged 'childhood' (9)

Altar Calls And Night Terrors

It was another terrifying experience. One of many throughout the years. This time I woke up, face covered in tears, mind in a panic as I took a few minutes to calm down. I spent a bit longer than usual getting reoriented, my mind's movie content having hit a NC-17 for a number of things. But confirming that horrible episode of disaster and loss wasn't my reality anymore always takes a minute after waking up anyway. Deep cleansing breaths of cool forced heat assured me of what my slowly waking… Continue

Added by Bluegrass Skeptic on February 12, 2015 at 8:15pm — 3 Comments

Flannel-graphs and Other Travesties

Being on my "all things atheist" kick, I have been feeling rather enraged about my own childhood indoctrination and being scared of hell.  I'm having a bit of cognitive dissonance because I can't bring myself to be angry at my parents, since I understand that they were also victims.  

I have been reading a number of blog entries and statements made by atheists, asserting that teaching children about hell is a form of child abuse.  I absolutely agree with this!  However, being…


Added by cbenhamcox on August 20, 2013 at 1:26pm — No Comments

the toys you never won


there was chesapeake and i learned to spell the name on the yellow paper and i put my name and chesapeake and west virginia and i wrote them down and that was the name and i was there and living in it and being in it before i knew what it was called by people who were not in it and the noise and i lived above levin’s discount in three rooms with my brother and my mother and my father and he was the one and there was yelling all the…


Added by Philip Jarrett on January 15, 2013 at 9:56am — No Comments

My Lost Childhood I: Freethought and Skepticism Don't Live Here

(Excerpt from a blog post about my childhood)

M*A*S*H: The Communist Leftist Threat to American Democracy

One evening, I cannot remember how, I was sitting upstairs and the conversation went to television.  Then somehow I ended up…


Added by Godless Poutine on April 21, 2012 at 7:00am — No Comments

My Way to Atheism

My Way to Atheism

Some people experience becoming atheists as a conversion.    I did not.   I slowly got aware that I never was a real christian.   I was an atheist behaving by imitation, as if I were a christian.   I was baptised, and from their point of view, that made me irreversably a fellow christian.   But of course, that is nonsense.    A handful of water on my forehead as a baby had no impact upon the wiring of my brain.

I had the whole load of christian…


Added by Maruli Marulaki on October 2, 2011 at 3:08pm — 1 Comment

The story of my life - so far - part 2

Hey guys, so it's been a few weeks but here's part 2.

So I've had my revelation and at the time I was 8 years old. What this meant for me was that I was still vulnerable to change. My parents were a bit worried that they may have scared me out of something that I was happy with. But at the time I told them that "I don't want to live my life controlled by something as believable as Santa." So, still in my naivety, I confronted my religion teacher with the following question: "Why do you… Continue

Added by Adrian Gerard on December 6, 2010 at 5:00am — 1 Comment

The story of my life - so far - part 1

Hello all, as a new member to the Atheist Nexus, I thought I'd share the story of my life so far, as I am only 16.

I was brought up in an atheist family in Australia. My dad is atheist, my mum is Buddhist, but Buddhism is a philosophy with no god. When I was attending primary school I was quick to enroll myself in the Christian Religion class that took place once a week on a Thursday. I was also quick to get hooked onto the concept of God and all the Christianity had to offer me.… Continue

Added by Adrian Gerard on November 15, 2010 at 4:20am — 2 Comments

My story

This is my story. I think it is different than many other people's story so that's why I'm telling it in some detail. It begins in a remote part of northern California where I grew up during the early 70's. Imagine a barely developed countryside with homesteads separated by miles of woodland and connected by a winding dirt road. My nearest neighbors were my cousins who lived about a mile away. Other than my siblings they were the only kids my age I knew until I started school, but I saw them… Continue

Added by Tom Thompson on February 25, 2010 at 3:11pm — 2 Comments

Pam and Lindsay

The following is an excerpt from my upcoming book "Exodus from Zion".

Warning: This post contains graphic descriptions of abuse.

Outside our summer programs of VBS and choir, most of the time my siblings and I played with the other kids on our block. Ryan and Justin were my brother’s age. Unfortunately, Ryan was usually grounded due to his grades, and Justin was a bully. I remember once when Justin punched me in the side of my head and my brother beat him up… Continue

Added by Angie Jackson on May 31, 2009 at 8:00pm — 7 Comments

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