Hi. I'm Lauren and apparently I'm supposed to introduce myself in this forum, so here I am.
Religion was never a big part of my life. My mother was raised Episcopal. She goes to church on Christmas and Easter and to this day I can never tell when she believes in god and when she doesn't. My father is Jewish. When he married my non-Jewish mother he was disowned by his family and although they eventually reconcilled 10 years later when my sister was 6 and I was 2, this has clearly had an effect on his faith as well as my and my sister's views on religion in general. As children, we were taught the basic aspects of both religions but were raised neither.
I do not consider myself an atheist. I call myself an agnostic, although from what I've seen here so far, it seems as though that label alone irks many people. I should call myself an agnostic atheist or an agnostic theist. The problem is, I'm not really sure which one I am. I suppose I lean more towards some sort of belief in a higher power although I firmly believe that none of the "religions" out there--at least the ones that I am familiar wit--hold any water. In my mind I suppose I believe in something that created a universe to work according to science, sort of like a clock maker. That "higher power" could be as "simple" as a cosmic burst of energy or it could be a God that was bored and said, hey I've got nothing to do today, let's create a universe, or maybe it was a homework assignment to God from his teacher. Who the heck knows? Certainly not me--hence my agnostic label.
Despite my inkling of belief (I guess that makes me an agnostic theist), I relate more to atheists than to theists, for sure. And I love to argue and poke holes in the arguements of theists so I hope this forum will be informative and fun. I look forward to many lively debates.