New Atheist/Unitarian Universalist
Hi there. I'm totally new- just stumbled across this site today while looking for something interesting to read during a slow afternoon at work.
I'm a former Catholic and was raised such, but left the church just over ten years ago. I was argued out of my superstitions by a particularly rational and rather mean spirited ex-boyfriend, which wasn't a particularly fun process at the time. But I'm fairly pleased in the end, since I would rather have started my pursuit of truth than to have stayed enmeshed in mythology. I also have rejected many things that went along with my religious doctrine. I am pro gay rights, for example, and for access to contraception and abortion. Etc.
Even though my views are atheist, I do belong to a Unitarian Universalist church in California. Last year the minister gave a talk on those who consider themselves "spiritual, but not religious," and I was amused to think that I was rather the reverse- religious (in the sense that I belong to a church and do social activities/charity work related to such) but not spiritual. I don't know how you use these terms yet, so please allow me some wiggle room there, until I find out.
I read Richard Dawkins _The God Delusion_ earlier this year, so I'm at least familiar with some mainstream atheist works.
I'm not a particularly rational person by nature. Mostly I'm just overeducated, and I like to read quite a lot. I look forward to browsing through the forums on other slow afternoons. I'll try to hold off posting any more until I get my bearings, but I liked the idea of saying hello right away.