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We are a group for former, deconverted, currently leaving, or doubting Christians. We're here to support former Christians who may feel alone, isolated, disconnected, etc, from their previous religious communities and might not have the same equivalent communal support to turn to in a time of transition and potential difficulty, or simply for those who want to meet others who rejected their faith.
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Same old arguments......Still unacceptable.Same old arguments... by ShadowofWOPR
I'm sure a large handful of you have gone through this but here's just a little chapter of todays story.
I ran into a group of about a dozen mormons on the street on the walk home from work, they stop me and start explaining their typical speech.
Annoyed I say I have no time for their fan-fiction and personally feel we'd be better off without theism as a whole as it causes people who would be otherwise normal to believe in things that completely defy logic, like magical underwear, and how more often than not it's the source of violence, or at least a driving force used to increase ones force.
They spit back (as predictable as the tides) "Yeah, because Stalin, Mao, Pol Pot, and Hitler were all such loving people."
Why do theists continue to bring up a Georgian Orthodox, Buddhist, Reincarnate, and a Roman Catholic whenever they want to say "All atheists are violent people". Makes about as much sense as saying "All muslims are idiots, look at Ben Stein." (a je
Crisis and Beliefs This is going to be a touchy subject, so I warning everyone in advance.Crisis and Beliefs by Anicomicgeek
This is something I've realize about myself over the past few months. I've going through a rough time the past year or two. I don't know how I'll come out on the other side, but I do know how I feel now. I was raised Methodist most of my life. I spent the better part of 30 years believing in God. I haven't had a hard life. Truth is, aside from being picked on at school and having Asperger's Syndrome, I've had an easy life. However, there are also conditions comorbid to Asperger's, like OCD--and mine has been spiraling out of control for the better part of a year. However, I don't have the money for therapy, so I tried to pray for it to either go away or for things to change so I could get help.
But then I realized after a few months that no help was coming. Worse, I kept getting stung, even getting an infected sting and even got s
DiscoveryListened to a great story today. It was about Christof Koch, a Catholic-raised scientist, struggling with his religious beliefs while working the late great Francis Crick. In his own words, he recounts his difficulties reconciling his spiritual church beliefs (or his Sunday beliefs, as he called them) with his scientific work (the rest-of-the-week beliefs). And he also talks fondly of his mentor, Francis Crick, a titan of intellect with heroic courage, especially during his last days fighting cancer. What gripped Christof was how Crick never let his fear of death and the unknown interfere with his reason as scientist, and his amazing ability to come to grips with the inevitable without the need for the supernatural. Or, as Christof put it, "It's like leaving forever the comfort of your childhood home, suffused with the warm glows and fond memories. But I do believe we all have to grow up. It's difficult for many; it's unbearable to the few, but we have to see the world aDiscovery by PyrrhusiVictoria
A less significant second de-conversion storyNot every ex-christian can claim to have two de-conversion stories, but after recent events, it does appear that I do. I already talked about how I left the AoG church and the sort of brainwashing they did with me, but I haven't talked much about my experiences in the Mormon church, since I suppose I didn't feel it was that much of an important impact on my life. Alas, after recent events that does appear to be the case.A less significant second de-conversion story by MauEvig
Now I will state that I myself have no ill will against Mormons, members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day saints or anything like that. I may have friends on here who are Mormons, and that's perfectly fine. I respect your beliefs, just as I will respect any Christian's, Satanist's, Jewish, Islamic, Hindu, Buddhist, and of course Atheist's beliefs. I just want to make that clear because a lot of Members of the Church have an idea that we're out to get them or whatever. This is not the case.
During a time when I was going in and out of Faith, I'd suffered a br
'Hopefully one day you snap out of this phase'?!Sometimes I get the argument, "Hopefully you will grow out of this phase and if you wanted to actually help this world you wouldn't do it by attaching to a dead backwards movement."'Hopefully one day you snap out of this phase'?! by ComradeSch
Well, let's go back into MY childhood, as these reactionary puppets would think I've done.
-When I was three years old, I distinctly remember hearing about the core of the Earth being hot, and commenting, "So that's where Hell is?"
Yes, I was raised Seventh-Day Adventist. I became an atheist over time, and the initial exposure to atheism came from my father, when I was nine.
-I also distinctly remember thinking that Heaven in the clouds, too high for humans to find.
When I was nine, I took a flight from my island to Ft. St. John. And that showed me the upside of the clouds. I didn't see angels and shit there!
-I also remember distinctly saying that dictatorship would be a good option compared with the current system when I was ten. I REMEMBER BEING A FAR-RIGHTIST. What was my rationale for
Why I left the faith: the aftermathPart 6Why I left the faith: the aftermath by EternalGeekExposed
I want to start this part with a disclaimer. Religious belief is upheld in my country as moral and necessary and it's a stigma that non-believers are constantly trying to overturn. Because of this, I want to emphasize that religion is not necessary or good for me. In fact, I am much happier and better off without it. All the same, losing my religion was deeply painful and I am still in the process of grieving it in some ways. I will discuss all of the wonderful things about being free of faith soon. But for now, I want to confess this truth: losing my faith hurt. And that's what this part is about.
You see, I didn't want to stop believing. I desperately wanted god to be real. He had been a part of my life as long as I could remember. He had been my friend, companion, comforter, and someone to rely on. My life, experiences, and personality had all been shaped by my former beliefs (I'm still not sure if in good or bad ways). I didn't want to lose that. I
Links/Commentary - SCA Morning Read - July Vol. 3(For more on the SCA and news of a secular concern, go here - SCA Morning Read Archives)Links/Commentary - SCA Morning Read - July Vol. 3 by CorSecAgent
I don't have much to say here except to express that I hope you young people are paying attention. There are things brewing in this country, both socially and politically, that have the potential to leave a stain on the face of our land. This political apathy that you seem to exhibit is no longer acceptable. You need to be aware of what's happening and you need to express your displeasure with the status quo. Engage your elected officials, demand reform, and most importantly - Vote when the time comes...
Feature - Asshats in the News!
+Creationists Take Down Another Top Professor
Links/Commentary - SCA Morning Read - July Vol. 2(For more on the SCA and news of a secular concern, go here - SCA Morning Read Archives)Links/Commentary - SCA Morning Read - July Vol. 2 by CorSecAgent
I'm starting to feel a little better, though I'm still in a low-vitality phase. I have managed to get my laundry done, folded and put away for once. Usually it's just done and loosely layered in the basket for retrieval when needed. I've also managed to make a fresh batch of tapenade. I purchased the ingredients weeks ago but have only just now mustered the will to prepare it. I shared a portion with a friend of mine, someone who really gets what goes through my head at these low points - like how you can still harbor an affection for something yet completely lose interest in it at the same time, baseball in my case. Luckily I still have Cricket to bolster my love of sport... In many ways, when I watch The Ashes, I feel like I imagine I felt as a kid marvelling at my favorite baseball heroes, heroes who turned out to be utter jok
Links/Commentary - SCA Morning Read - July Begins(For more on the SCA and news of a secular concern, go here - SCA Morning Read Archives)Links/Commentary - SCA Morning Read - July Begins by CorSecAgent
This will probably be a longer post than usual given that I haven't kept up for a few weeks now. I haven't been in the most productive head-space lately. After the IAF Board Election last month, things went even further downhill for me, emotionally speaking so...yeah... Still not completely recovered but I'm not as low at the moment as I have been recently...
That said, don't be surprised if the level of pessimism herein seems high. The fundie backlash against the recent Same-Sex Marriage ruling has me thinking evil thoughts about religious people...very evil thoughts...
And bigoted bullshit such as this coming from my own neck of the woods really doesn't help matters -
Nine Iowa lawmakers thin