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Hi all,

Found this site just now whilst researching for a theological debate with a friend; and I instantly knew this would be a great place to share some views on, everything!

 

Background (I'll bullet point to keep it brief)

-Raised a Christian by my mother (Church of England) stopped going church, Christened as a baby (baptised)

-Went to a Baptist church for a few years (pretty hardcore), stopped going

-Persuaded my mum to go back to Church (C of E again) out of guilt/fear of hell, became a candle bearer and server then got confirmed (kinda like Baptism but for when you are older)

-Stopped going,for a combination of not believing and not liking what I "should" believe

-Met a girl at 15, she was mad religious, I went on alpha course (kinda a course inducting people into Christianity) and before I knew it I was into it in a BIG way. I remember arguing with my A-Level Biology teacher against Evolution, without a leg to stand on. (I wasn't set on Creationism funnily enough; at the age of 17 I was clearly better at blind belief, than accepting what is evident in front of me!)

-Broke up with GF, kept with religion for a year or so, then slowly started seeing the light.

 

Atheism became increasingly obvious to me throughout my degree (recently graudated with a Mathematics degree) and ahve been doign a bit of reading since. Read the God Dellusion (not regarded as strong atheist literature I'm told, but a good place to start), Brief History of Time and Hawking's new book "The Grand Design" (a must read btw). Am also reading more of Dawkins' books on evolution which are so far very interesting.

 

That's it!


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ToonArmy wrote:

Hi all,

Found this site just now whilst researching for a theological debate with a friend; and I instantly knew this would be a great place to share some views on, everything!

Great to have you, I'm sure you'll like it here. Lots of good ideas here and a few theists that come by to play.

 

ToonArmy wrote:

-Met a girl at 15, she was mad religious, I went on alpha course (kinda a course inducting people into Christianity) and before I knew it I was into it in a BIG way. I remember arguing with my A-Level Biology teacher against Evolution, without a leg to stand on. (I wasn't set on Creationism funnily enough; at the age of 17 I was clearly better at blind belief, than accepting what is evident in front of me!)

-Broke up with GF, kept with religion for a year or so, then slowly started seeing the light.

 

The things we do for women.

 

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"God is omnipotent, omniscient, omnibenevolent, - it says so right here on the label. If you have a mind capable of believing all three of these divine attributes simultaneously, I have a wonderful bargain for you. No checks please. Cash and in small bills." - Robert A Heinlein.


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Other books worth mentioning -

The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark - Carl Sagan

Why People Believe Weird Things - Michael Shermer

50 Reasons People Give for Believing in a God - Guy P. Harrison

Tower of Babel: The Evidence against the New Creationism - Robert T. Pennock

Science on Trial: The Case for Evolution - Douglas J. Futuyma

Feathered Dinosaurs: the Origin of Birds - John A. Long

 

Nice to have you on board.  Post early and often. 

CJ, in Portland, OR, USA

 

edit: I nearly forgot

Evolution: What the Fossils Say and Why it Matters - Donald Prothero

-- I feel so much better since I stopped trying to believe.

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ToonArmy wrote:-Met a girl

ToonArmy wrote:

-Met a girl at 15, she was mad religious, I went on alpha course (kinda a course inducting people into Christianity) and before I knew it I was into it in a BIG way. I remember arguing with my A-Level Biology teacher against Evolution, without a leg to stand on. (I wasn't set on Creationism funnily enough; at the age of 17 I was clearly better at blind belief, than accepting what is evident in front of me!)

I would say that is a fairly rational reason to become a bible thumper. Welcome to the forum.

If, if a white man puts his arm around me voluntarily, that's brotherhood. But if you - if you hold a gun on him and make him embrace me and pretend to be friendly or brotherly toward me, then that's not brotherhood, that's hypocrisy.- Malcolm X


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Welcome

 

 

 

                     Post early and often.  Now about the ex-GF was she atleast hot enough to ignor the religious BS?

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