(Closed) "godless" by Dan Barker.

posted 5 years ago in Secular
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@AcheneMalefic: I am glad that you finally feel comfortable in your beliefs 🙂 I have not read the book, but I did grow up going to church every Sunday, saying prayers before dinner and bed, etc. When I was around 12-13 I started to question some things, and stopped going to church. I still had Christian friends, and most people looked at me sideways when I said I didn’t believe. It was scary to put myself out there like that in a heavily-Christian environment, but I was lucky to not receive any actual abuse for it.

When I went to college, the majority of my new friends were nonbelievers. I also met Christians who accepted my lack of belief and loved me anyway. And of course, I also met the more militant Christians who weren’t afraid to tell me I was going to burn in hell. So that was something new for me to experience. But I had the support of my friends – nonbelievers and Christians – so I never felt insecure about my lack of faith.

So yeah, nowadays I just tell people I’m an atheist. And it’s sort of true, but not exactly. If I were really hard-pressed to explain, I’d say that I simply have no capacity for faith. It’s not that I believe God does or doesn’t exist. It just doesn’t really matter at all to me.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee

I haven’t read the book, but I had a similar “Ah-ha!” moment when I read God is Not Great by Christopher Hitchens. I was already an atheist by then, but the book put into words a lot of what I was thinking more eloquently then I ever could. 

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