Hearing Pascal's wager from a theist (when I was still a Catholic) was actually one of the things that first got me questioning my religion. Even then I could see the obvious flaws in the argument! With my father, the arguments were really more about things like tradition and being faithful to the family rather than theological arguments. (I have, of course, since heard all sorts of Christian apologetics from other people). And in all fairness to my father, he is well versed in the Bible. (And, despite being a Roman Catholic, he often rails against the Pope and the corruption in the upper hierarchy of the Church, and often says they should be tried for crimes against humanity.)
As far as I know, my heritage is all Chinese, but it is possible there is a little Caucasian in there somewhere. On my mom's side I have ancestors that have been in the United States since at least the mid 19th century. Some of my ancestors worked on the the First Transcontinental Railroad. Family on my dad's side are much more recent immigrants to the U.S.
I hope things go well when you come out to your extended family. From personal experience, I know it can be very difficult.
First, thanks for stopping by my page. Yes, I started questioning my faith many years ago, but only recently came out to my parents (though I'm pretty sure they knew for a while before that). There was about a week of disappointment from my father, and arguments trying to bring me back in, but in the end they've accepted it. My father -- the most devout person in my immediate family -- has even said that, though he disagrees with me, he's proud that I'm thinking for myself, taking a stand, and did such a careful job researching religions. So all in all I consider myself pretty lucky. Chinese-American families (some, anyway) are big on tradition, though, and they want me to keep attending Mass and such at least until I go to college. Given how well they've taken my atheism, it's a compromise I'm happy to make for them.
My grandmother has recently learned about my rejection of my family's religion and has essentially disowned me, though. She won't talk to me, and it's like I don't exist to her anymore. And I'm sure my parents are taking a lot of flak from her because of my choice. That part is much harder, because when I was little I had this really close and special relationship with my grandmother.
clinical psychology PhD programs are incredibly competitive and my specialization (forensic) is even more so which meant i needed to go where i got in. and this was the only program that accepted me so unfortunately i have to put up with it for a few more years. at least most people in my program are nonbelievers so most of the people i'm around are cool. makes it much easier to deal with.
That's just it-- It IS an extremely liberal college, and even Greensboro as a city is considered pretty liberal (for the south, at least). But I can't even count how many times I was stopped by some Bible bashers that wanted to "talk to me about me relationship with God" just walking across campus to get to class, or how many times I got invites to the many weekly Christianity gatherings that the majority of campus attends (from both people who knew how I stand with religion and those who didn't).
sadly no, Huntsville is more a prison town (houses Texas' death row and 7 other units) which makes it highly unenjoyable. i'm just putting in my time here at school and then i will get back to where it's good and godless as soon as i can.
Hi Joseph. I just updated my profile. When I wrote "n/a yet," I meant "not anything yet," not "nothing applies to me." I wrote that because I was short on time the day I created my profile. I hope that clears up any misunderstanding.
I'm glad to hear you don't think there are too many relativist atheists on here (by that I mean ones who insist on taking religious people's views seriously). I really dislike that brand of atheism. I understand people's urge to place themselves above the fray, so to speak, but ultimately, there are simply things we can't let slide. Like religiosity, for example, but you will hear many atheists comparing our interference in/criticism of religion to religious people's proselytization of us. I see this as a comparison of apples and oranges, as I gather you do as well.
I guess my question about radical atheism was prompted by curiosity about how atheists self-identify on the wide spectrum of non-belief. Curiosity into that and how they categorize the different positions on that spectrum. I suppose I'm also frustrated by atheists who maintain that being openly critical of religion and those who practice it is wrong, and I'm hoping to hear from some people who take a less delicate stance.
I just read the first article you linked in a comment... looks like we're all atheists because we have an unsolved Oedipus complex and/or a bad relationship with our fathers... I'm just wondering how I can have an Oedipus complex, being female :D
I will start again sorry I did not read over my comments on your wall to you before posting.
Anyway thank you for stopping by on my wall. I am glad to be here as I have found that intelligent people guys or girls eventually get over what I do as a profession and start to talk normally to me. I am interested in science.
I admit I was focused on making as much money as I could and found a job that I loved doing and pays well.
I am currently fascinated by Richard Dawkins take on memetics and I have been watching many documentaries regarding this and I plan on reading his books the selfish gene this week.
I see you work in IT awesome. I hope to get to know you better and find common ground that is not my profession. One thing I would like to share is Fundamentalist Christians from my personal experience are aggressive and into well lets say really weird stuff. Freethinkers and atheist's seem to be more respectful on a whole.
Dita Von Tease is a very intelligent and gorgeous woman do you know of her at all. If not check her out. Evolution wise we are drawn to those who are good looking and not ugly. There is no expectation to be smart and intelligent and good looking. I was never encouraged in school and I thought I was pretty dumb. I have discovered all you need is an interest in an area and it just all starts to fall into place. It is great and I am on a journey and thirst for knowledge.
I joseph, thanks for your welcome.
No, the link between the two governments is not strange at all. The Vatican still has a lot of power here, mostly because there are still a lot of people who are, nominally, catholic. The stronger political party at the moment (the wretched Berlusconi... -_-) links itself to the Vatican to grab the votes of the catholics... The real problem is that the supposed "progressive" party is not much different -_-
And they are really starting to be detached from the "real people". Apart from the atheists, in Italy there is quite a strong community of laic and secular people, and a lot of moderate catholics who are, to make an example, favorable to abortion, euthanasia, divorce, gay marriage ecc...
We just don't shout loud enough at the moment.
And yes, every time i go abroad or read a foreign newspaper I'm ashamed at the way we are seen....