Greetings and Salutations
I come from a Roman Catholic family, where I was raised to believe in God and the tenets of their religion. However, as early as ten years of age, I realized that 90% or more of the Roman Catholic mass and related teachings had little or nothing to do with their religion. It was at this point that I made the decision that if God really existed, then some sort of proof would have to be presented to me in order for me to believe. Unfortunately, like all of my siblings, I was forced to attend catholic school or catechism classes, attend church, and go through confirmation until I turned the age of eighteen.
Since that time, I have dedicated myself to making attempts to debunk theism and gods. Nowadays, my family is mostly agnostic, although my parents still consider themselves religious, albeit not fundamentalists (i.e., they believe in evolution, the 4.5 billion-year-old Earth, etc.). I've found that many theists that want to have rational arguments about the existence of a god do so willingly and without malice (and, unfortunately for them, without many facts to back up their claims).
I am glad to be able to join this community where I can discuss these issues with other like-minded atheists and theists. I will not pander to irrational comments or lines of thinking if there is no semi-logical thought put behind them, regardless of the viewpoint.
I don't believe that religion in general is a "bad thing", because it's a highly personal subject in which every person is entitled to their opinion. I believe religion can be good for many reasons; I believe that it is the minority of theists that give their religions a bad name. My purpose is to open theists' minds to ideas that the basic tenets of religion (i.e., don't kill, steal, or commit adultery, among others) don't need the religion itself to justify the morality of those tenets. And they certainly don't need an antiquated idea of an all-powerful being to understand them, either.
Cheers, and thanks for welcoming me.
If "God" created man in his image, then why aren't YOU omniscient and omnipresent?
Sci-Fi Bible: Replace the words "Jesus" and "God" with "alien" and "spaceship", respectively. Isaac Asimov couldn't write a better story.