wow - that's really great! are you involved with the genetic engineering? pest control? organics?
maybe the science isn't 'religious' per se, but it is of the earth and therefore important somewhat spiritually in healing the earth.
all my grandparents were religious: greek orthodox, german catholic, jewish russian and polish.
my parents (jewish and catholic) were non-religious til i was 11, when my dad went back to being jewish in a reform temple. didn't believe in god, but in the culture and holidays. but i don't involve myself in anything 'religious' at all. celebrate some holidays - cause of my son, but he argued with a friend in kindergarten saying there was no god - it blew me away! :]
it must have been very hard for you with your atheistic views - families often don't react well to their children not being their religion. but this group has really helped me to feel more positive about being atheist - everyone is so open with each other. you don't have to worry about getting bad 'vibes' from people cause you're a non-believer or just plain hide the fact (like at work).
hi lana - so glad you have joined our religion 101 discussion group. i look forward to what you have to say - especially your being a scientist. (what are you into?) so far, we haven't gotten deep yet, but it will evolve.
your story - well, it's hard to find the words. the way you and your husband found the strength to deal was amazing. long ago, i came to conclusion that a god who allows such suffering as goes on in the world is either a sadist :) or not a god at all. ugh, how people can believe as they do is unfathomable. (maybe it has to do with smarts, although a lot of intelligent people are religious ??)
so welcome - alexa
i was agnostic for a long time, but now that is long gone.
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