Not saying that I'm an expert, by any means. But I'd like to think that I at least understand the basics well enough to know what it is talking about. I actually did have evolution taught to me a bit in high school freshman biology. but it was a mere glimpse, prefaced by the teacher making a 10 minute disclaimer about it haha.
Yeah you'd be surprised how they do it lol. I'm not a Bio major there for sure, but the intro class i took, they just didn't mention it at all. Basically a slight extension of what I learned in high school biology. And I agree with both of your last statements lol.
Haha I wish they were. They more or less just ignore evolution in general, but at the same time they don't teach creationism. it was started by the Methodists some time in the late 1800s or so and yes they are pretty much the most laid back, liberal Christians out there lol. They even have a few congregations that have homosexual ministers. The number is extremely low, like less than 1%, but it's something nonetheless. Basically the reason why I'm going is because they gave me the most money out of the schools I was applying to after taking a year off.
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