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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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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
Coming Out As An Atheist... Not So Fun.So I told my Mother today, and pissed did she get.Coming Out As An Atheist... Not So Fun. by TheDigitalAbyss
My sister wasn't much happier, though I suppose she was the middle man much like I used to be when she had an argument with one of our parents.
My parents are both Christians so hearing their son is an Atheist clearly doesn't make them feel good. This of course burst out in a loud argument. When one of you're parents, someone you've known you're entire life tells you that don't even know you, it's a big hit.
I now also have to deal with the guilt that she'll be upset all day at work, excessive worrying is bad enough, imagine dropping this bomb shell on someone who freaks out if you don't answer the phone.
I closed my facebook account today, apparently most of my family and friends have a problem with my political views.... My understanding is they've been calling my Mother asking what's wrong with me.
Whats wrong with me? I woke the fuck up that's what's wrong with me. I realized how much shit their is in the world and realized I'm not
Who Wrote the Bible?"Who Wrote the Bible?" By Richard Elliot Friedman http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0060630353?ie=UTF8&tag=httpwwwgoodco-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=0060630353&SubscriptionId=1MGPYB6YW3HWK55XCGG2Who Wrote the Bible? by AmericanDreaming
I've long been interested in the origins of the Bible, specifically the Old Testament, and more specifically, the five books of Moses (Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy,) since these were the texts that started it all. I wanted to see what the leading minds in biblical scholarship - not theologians, clergy or apologists, but actual academics - had to say on the subject.
Richard Elliot Friedman, noted biblical scholar and professor, has dedicated this book to that purpose. He takes a look at who wrote the Bible, how many different people/editors there were, when they wrote/edited, and why they wrote or edited in the ways that they did.
Friedman spends the first part of the book as well
WE DON'T NEED NO STINKING COMMANDMENTSWE DON'T NEED NO STINKING COMMANDMENTS by pixelegion
In order to be an expert at ethics, one must transcend the legal and sanctioned religious "appropriate truths" of the day in order to access the meta-truth of both legality and righteousness.
In other words, the biggest difference between the average "what if you're wrong?" fearfully faithful believer as opposed to the average reasonable and truth seeking freethinker, is that when faced with questions such as the all-too-common, Christian go-to hypothetical, "What if you're wrong about God? Aren't you afraid of eternal hellfire?" The atheist fears no such thing.
In fact, even if such nonsense turned out to somehow be true - and this illusive god finally decided to present Us with the evidence of its existence We'd been asking for all this time - in addition to an admission of being completely mistaken, We would refuse to bow to such a murderous, genocidal, and petty blood-god. To quote Huck Finn, when faced between the decisio
Open Letter to a Christian FundamentalistI noticed your video on “prove it” and I find it, as well as most of your content laughable.Open Letter to a Christian Fundamentalist by ComradeSch
First of all, “Prove that God doesn’t exist”? Prove me that the Flying Spaghetti Monster or that the Invisible Pink Unicorn doesn’t exist and I’ll use your method. The Abrahamic god has no function he must perform, since we know that, for example, evaporation and condensation creates the rain, and not God opening up a window in the heavens, as it says in your book.
And you consider the theory of evolution laughable (even though gravity is a theory with just as much fact and evidence to back it up, whereas the only reason you believe in creationism is because of the Bible), and yet, you believe, in the face of overwhelming evidence, that a bearded man in a bathrobe took a handful of filth and tossed it at the ground to make a man? And next you believe that he ripped out a rib and turned it into a woman? If I were a thinking person, I’d take the the
You will not 'save' me. (Rant)To any Christians who finds out that I am not a Christian and then decides to make me their little pet project, and 'share the good news' or 'preach the gospel':You will not 'save' me. (Rant) by MadamMichi
(To the non-preachy Christians that I like, ya'll can ignore this)
Shut Up. Shut Up. Shut Up.
Stop trying to convert me.
"Do you want to go to church?" No.
"Maybe if you just hear this sermon?!" No.
"You might like to read these Christian pamphlets or visit this Christian website!" No.
"You just need Jesus in your life" No I don't.
"God doesn't approve of your lifestyle." I don't give a single shit what Yahweh, Jesus, or the Holy Ghost does and doesn't approve of.
"I'll pray for you." If you are going to pray for your god to change me because you can't accept the fact that I hold different religious views-- you're an ass.
"Well maybe if you j
ACTION ALERT YOU CAN HELP Trans* Non-Binary RightsNonbinary gender is an umbrella term covering any gender identity or expression that does not fit within the gender binary.ACTION ALERT YOU CAN HELP Trans* Non-Binary Rights by MadamMichi
No-Gender (Agender) , Both Genders (Bigender), and many more.
For many non-binary people gender-neutral language is best. Singular They or Ze for pronouns. Mx. Misc. Ind. (individual) for titles. X on legal documents such as passports, drivers license, or voter registration.
Being misgendered can cause dysphoria in everyday life for binary trans* and non-binary trans* individuals.
But for the purposes of legal documents it is easily fixable. Give people the options to not choose M or F , or to choose a gender-neutral title.
For More Info about non-binary trans* identities: http://nonbinary.org/wiki/Nonbinary_gender
Germany now allows newborns to be labeled as neither if they are intersex
Australia and New Zealand allow X rather then M or F on Passports
UK has recognized Mx.