An Atheist attending a christian university.
I attend a private four year christian university in Nashville, TN. It's difficult being an atheist and attending a church of christ school. When I began attending this school three years ago, I was a Christian. I've decided that being an atheist now better fits my belief system. I'm seeking support. Atheists are truly and unequivocally looked down on at this institution. There are very few of us here. In fact, I only know one other atheist on campus. We are looked down on with a benign pity, or faced with anger. People here are incredibly attached to their religion and are so close minded it's amazing. I have someone tell me recently that she would rather be ignorant here on earth than miss out on her heavenly reward. It's actually quite disturbing; the willful ignorance that exists and the lack of thought. I used to be a Christian, so now as a recent atheist I'm happy now with that decision other then peoples disgust at this institution.
I was sick of being told if I was a christian I shouldn't or wouldn't have certain beliefs or think a certain way. Apparently supporting gay marriage is anti-christian, though jesus says nothing about it in the new testament, and to believe in god you have to believe, and act a certain way without exception. I refuse to conform. I think that if being a good person doesn't come to you naturally, it certainly can't/shouldn't be forced through fear of death and an afterlife.
At this university we take a bible courses 6 semesters out of 8, chapel twice a week, and for new incoming students, forced to perform community service. I can only be extremely grateful that I graduate in 2 semesters. I hate it here now. The people who enjoy being here don't have a desire to think for themselves. I'm glad that I've admitted how I feel. I think it's ironic that learning more about the bible, the history, culture and language of the time period it was written, has made it clear to me the contradictions that are clear in the bible, as well as with major christian religions. I find much fault and little logic especially with the church of christ.
I found this forum by googling about the difference between agnosticism and atheism. I hope to receive some support for my new belief systems.
"I have no special talents or abilities, I am merely passionately curious." - Albert Einstein