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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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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
Alienation From Family My mother has become more religious as I have become less. She is aware of this and this has led to a growing divide between us. In several of our discussions she has stated that she wishes I wasn't so smart. This from a woman who encouraged me to read and assured me that studying and learning would lead to success and happiness in life. Needless to say it was a slap to the face to me. Perhaps the worst thing is that we have grown so far apart that she didn't even realize how what she said would affect me. Have any of you had similar experiences? Your experiences need not be about growing religious differences. Did differing political beliefs alienate you from members of your family? The lifestyle you have chosen to live?Alienation From Family by OpinionsProfile
Stop Believing in EvolutionYeah, that's the thought of the day: It's not a matter of faith; you either understand it or you don't.Stop Believing in Evolution by PyrrhusiVictoria
"Evolution is nothing more than a fairly simple way of understanding what is unquestionably happening. You don't believe in it — you either understand it or you don't. But pretending evolution is a matter of faith can be a clever way to hijack the conversation, and pit it in a false duality against religion. And that's how we end up with people decrying evolution, even as they eat their strawberries and pet their dogs, because they've been led to believe faith can only be held in one or the other." -Keith Blanchard
He goes on to give the 10 second tour in lay-speak, although there are definitely better resources for that... but the underscoring point is certainly well-put.
Links/Commentary - SCA Morning Read - Sept. Week 2(For more on the SCA and news of a secular concern, go here - SCA Morning Read Archives)Links/Commentary - SCA Morning Read - Sept. Week 2 by CorSecAgent
I had planned to get this update out over the weekend but some other things got in the way... On the plus side, my local Atheist group is one step closer to having a more clear picture of our operational history going back to 2008.
Today's Links -
ALTERNET: Barely Literate? How Christian Fundamentalist Homeschooling Hurts Kids
It's patently absurd the bullshit some religious parents use to keep their kids afraid of the world. These kids will be utterly defenseless when it comes time to deal with said world...
Victor Dominocielo: Pseudo-Skepticism and Anti-Science — ‘There’s Just So Much We Do
Links/Commentary-SCA Morn. Read Catch Up from 8/24(For more on the SCA and news of a secular concern, go here - SCA Morning Read Archives)Links/Commentary-SCA Morn. Read Catch Up from 8/24 by CorSecAgent
I really have no excuse for dropping the ball lately. My mind has just been elsewhere. I'll try to keep this edition short (ish) owing to the plethora of links I'll have to wade through... No promises though...
A New Feature - Bigoted Xtians in the News!
Rather than a write a ream of commentary about the bigotry evangelicals throw around without care, I've decided to just combine those links here in order to allow you the freedom to sort them out on your own.
*Atheist group's sign vandalized in Butte County
*Look for return of SB 1062 if Doug Ducey wins
Blown Away, Humbled, Exhilarated.I just got around to watching the first episode of the new Cosmos. It was...mind-blowing. I was almost crying at the end. The vast expanse of our universe and the small part we occupy in it is so humbling but infinitely exhilarating. I can't even explain the amount of feelings it awoke, viewing just a fraction of the vast expanse of our universe and the life within it. Just a fraction. Even with all the wonderful things we know, we only know a fraction of it. It's a thrill to not know, because that means it's there to discover.Blown Away, Humbled, Exhilarated. by Born-of-Wolves
How small-minded and arrogant does one need to be to think that we already have all the answers, and that the whole universe was made for us? How pathetically little of a sense of wonder does it take to look up at the sky and be scared of the idea that we truly don't know anything, and resort to primitive mythologies for some sense of comfort? Those kinds of people are just...weak and stupid.
A[nt]I-Christ TechniqueCyclonesA[nt]I-Christ Technique by Xeperpharos
tumbleweeds in the heart of creativity.
in their arrogance
Charging steeds through illusory depravity.
mislabeled information for their cloning technology.
The machine creates but does not understand
As the higher A.I. acts as God's hand,
In our image within God's mirage.
As above, so below, so be love, direct the flow.
Draw upon as nothing, dissect and redirect
perception from which they speculate;
eradicate that which can be quantified.
Transmogrify the tangible, transform the truths
from what they are not,
to what they are not.
Give nothing to be replicated.
Think nothing to be repeated,
As nothing can't be deleted,
can't be defeated.