I'm brand-new to this site, so I'll be lurking/reading more than posting for awhile. Found this site while googling Pen Jillette. I grew up as a born-again christian who knew how to talk in tongues (it's easy, gibberish works if you have a straight face) and who believed that one guy on a pulpit could touch you and make your ailments maaaagically go away.
I've always had questions about god and theology. Not just the Judeo-Christian god, but ALL forms of deities. Don't get me wrong: I find ancient Rome and Greece to be fascinating, and their use of deities as control over the masses was genius, but from a purely entertaining standpoint.
My folks tell me constantly that I'm on my way to hell. I know they love me, and they say it out of genuine concern, but honestly, I can't profess allegience to the Invisible Man simply because I'm afraid of a burning lake of fire. If I was this invisible guy, I wouldn't WANT all those fickle "what iffers" following me around. Bunch of sycophants if you ask me.
So anyway, here I am. It's hard to talk about my beliefs (or lack thereof) to people, because the reactions are always the same: They hear you're an Atheist and nod slowly and say "That's cool, that's okay" and get real quiet. Or, they say "You are huh? Well, I'm going to pray for you" like I'm afflicted with this horrible disease called Skepticism that needs deliverance. Very rarely, I'll get someone who actually wants to ARGUE and really get offended that I don't think like they think. One lady actually called me demon-possessed... her eyes got REALLY big when I made choking-gargling-growling noises and started talking about Marduk & mephistopholes.
Nice to meet you all. I look forward to reading.
My philosophy, in essence, is the concept of man as a heroic being, with his own happiness as the moral purpose of his life, with productive achievement as his noblest activity, and reason as his only absolute