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MineralMan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-14-10 11:54 AM
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13. Why am I an atheist?
Because I can be nothing else. I went through the Christian church experience as a kid. Once I turned about 20, and after having read the entire Bible front to back, I started looking at other religious beliefs. At the end of those studies, it became clear to me that humans were very good at creating deities to support their preconceptions. So many deities; so many beliefs. All aimed at answering questions that couldn't be answered with the state of human knowledge. All aimed at enforcing societal structures.

I could no longer believe in deities, so I am an atheist. I don't care what others believe...not a bit. As long as they behave well, they're welcome to any superstitions they may have. If they try to tell me that I must share them, I either laugh or tell them to bugger off, depending on their level of persistence.

I'm quite contend with my nonbelief. It causes me no issues whatsoever. Nonbelief in supernatural stuff makes everything make a lot of sense, where belief seem to confuse things. I live. I die. There it is. Just like every other living thing.
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  -Definitions BurtWorm  Oct-14-10 10:18 AM   #0 
  - G O D  BeFree   Oct-14-10 10:26 AM   #1 
  - I can't agree with your use of the word "necessary."  MineralMan   Oct-14-10 10:37 AM   #2 
  - I agree with you, but these definitions are meant to clarify a disagreement between  BurtWorm   Oct-14-10 11:15 AM   #9 
     - I'm afraid that the intent is not clear, nor your definitions.  MineralMan   Oct-14-10 11:19 AM   #10 
        - I see what you're saying.  BurtWorm   Oct-14-10 11:37 AM   #12 
           - Why am I an atheist?  MineralMan   Oct-14-10 11:54 AM   #13 
              - Did you consider yourself a believer before age 20?  BurtWorm   Oct-14-10 11:59 AM   #14 
                 - Before I was 20, I was a child. Children believe all sorts of things.  MineralMan   Oct-14-10 12:04 PM   #15 
                    - Not fully satisfactory, no. Sorry.  BurtWorm   Oct-14-10 12:30 PM   #18 
  - Your definitions of atheist and agnostic are the same thing.  trotsky   Oct-14-10 10:47 AM   #3 
  - Well I guess the question is necessary for what or whom?  BurtWorm   Oct-14-10 10:57 AM   #4 
  - I think your views are closer to mine, but ...  damntexdem   Oct-14-10 11:03 AM   #7 
  - I guess my definitions are meant to entail more or less rational belief.  BurtWorm   Oct-14-10 11:10 AM   #8 
  - Yeah now I'm leaning towards them not being useful definitions.  trotsky   Oct-14-10 12:27 PM   #16 
  - No, for any moment they WE are unsure about the necessity, we have no belief in the necessity.  damntexdem   Oct-14-10 10:59 AM   #6 
     - That just shifts the definitions one step.  trotsky   Oct-14-10 12:29 PM   #17 
        - I like those better than my definitions  BurtWorm   Oct-14-10 01:08 PM   #19 
        - Almost. IMO much depends on the definition of "God"  GliderGuider   Oct-14-10 02:16 PM   #20 
  - I reject your definitions.  damntexdem   Oct-14-10 10:57 AM   #5 
  - 'Hard agnostic: someone who believes that humans cannot know whether or not there is a god ...'  BurtWorm   Oct-14-10 11:27 AM   #11 
     - I am also thinking out loud  Meshuga   Oct-15-10 06:24 PM   #24 
  - How can I have decided belief in God isn't necessary when God cannot be defined?  beam me up scottie   Oct-15-10 05:22 PM   #21 
     - I was just thinking out loud.  BurtWorm   Oct-15-10 05:25 PM   #22 
        - I'm with John,  beam me up scottie   Oct-15-10 05:44 PM   #23 

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