(Closed) If you consider yourself an atheist or agnostic…

posted 6 years ago in The Lounge
  • poll: I am _____ and I was ______
    I am an atheist : (37 votes)
    17 %
    I am an agnostic : (37 votes)
    17 %
    I am non-religious (don't specify atheist/agnostic) : (37 votes)
    17 %
    I was raised Catholic : (42 votes)
    19 %
    I was raised in a different Christian church : (32 votes)
    14 %
    I was raised in a non-denominational church : (7 votes)
    3 %
    I was raised by atheistis/agnostics/non-religious : (30 votes)
    13 %
    I was raised Mormon : (1 votes)
    0 %
    I was raised in a cult atmosphere : (0 votes)
  • Post # 3
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    I am atheist, but was raised Christian. However, my parents did not often take me to church. They consider religion a more private thing for them. I got very interested in ethics (though I wouldn’t know to call it that) in 6th-7th grade and took the initiative to go to church with friends quite often and read the Bible on my own- because this is where I thought I would be able to understand ethics better. Instead, I became an atheist by age 14.

     

    (concise version since I don’t have much time at the moment :P)

    Post # 4
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    2934 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: March 1996

    I’m an atheist. I was raised in a Christian/Protestant church. I don’t remember getting a message about God being about punishment, and I have a hard time understanding why anyone would WANT to believe in a supreme being that wasn’t kind and benevolent. I hated church as a kid because I thought it was boring. I did try to believe in God but it just never worked out for me, I don’t appear to be wired that way.

    Post # 7
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    1052 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2014 - Cedar Lake Cellars

    I was heavily influenced by my parents non-religous (sometimes anti-religious) attitude.  But, they were both raised in strict catholic households.  So, I’m kind of second generation product of your theory. Smile

    Post # 8
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    3182 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    I was raised Catholic and am now atheist.  To be fair though my parents weren’t ever super religious, but they sent us to a Catholic school for 1-8th grades.  I don’t remember too much of the “you’re an awful person if you do X,Y,Z” coming from the church.  In fact our religion teacher in 7th and 8th grade was a lesbian who told us masturbation was perfectly healthy.  

    I think mostly for me it came down to the fact that we were brought up appreciating logic and reason and not to blindly follow things without thinking them through. 

    Post # 9
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    915 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: December 2012

    @thepainter:  This is exactly my story, raised christian, but parents never took church, went with friends, got a bible, read it on my own, became very doubtful, I was an atheist by high school. 

    I have actually tried to believe but I just can’t. I am raising my son to believe in god, I don’t take him to church but I send him to a Christian summer camp every year.

    Post # 11
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    399 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    @MrsDrRose612:  I think my parents view is of a kind God, but primarily because they want to believe they will see loved ones again after they die. My mom was upset when I “came out” as an atheist, but its just because she was worried I wouldn’t get into heaven. I think since then she has come to terms with she can’t believe in a god who wouldn’t accept her daughter into heaven just for that, so she believes in one who can. I’ve never caught either of them reading a Bible though.

    E. I think my Dad also might be secretely agnostic or atheist. I get upset sometimes at my extended family for being a little over-religious (to the point of my being insulted) but he always says something along the lines of “you just have to let people believe what they believe.”

    I really think the majority of atheists I know became so through personal education, though. Sometimes I wish I could force books upon people. Not beliefs, just books. But I try not to offer book suggestions unless people show genuine interest.

    Post # 12
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    100 posts
    Blushing bee

    @MrsDrRose612:  Great theory you have. I would not say that it’s just “Catholic Guilt.” You can insert any ________ guilt in that line; ie: Southern Baptist, Mormons, etc. I call myself a “Follower of Christ” NOT a Christian. Those of us who have fallen madly in love with Jesus Christ, at the heart level–in relationship with him, often say, “Christians are what’s wrong with Christianity.”Ghandi said, “I like your Christ. I do not like your Christians.” So I think your theory holds weight. There is a lot of wounding in human religion. To your poll then, for girlies like me, your poll choices don’t work. My 1st ‘was’= Raised in a cult church (false gospel/false Jesus). 2nd ‘was’= agnostic/wicca for years. But while I studied archaelogogy and literary history in college in order to continually disprove (counter-apologetics) those Christians, I accidently proved historical and scientific truth to the Holy Bible. In my scholarship, I could not deny what was found. Final “am”= Accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Have fun with your poll. It’s always interesting to hear people’s childhood experiences and how it plays out in their adult life. 

    Post # 13
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    915 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: December 2012

    @MrsDrRose612:  I think my disbelief is based more on it not making sense to me and I just don’t seem to be able to have that blind faith that most people who believe seem to have. My Fiance really believes in god, he prays every night, it makes me happy that he has that to turn to at all times, it’s a comfort to him. 

    My son is already asking me questions like “but where did god come from, who made him?” I just say “he was just there”. I don’t know how far I will be able to go with him but I try to direct those questions to the religious people in my family, such as my grandma or Fiance. 

    When my father passed away last year my son found comfort that “he was in heaven with god”, that was nice for him and I am glad he had that belief even though I do not.

    Post # 15
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: April 2012

    Agnostic. Brought up Lutheran.

    Was forced to go to church as a kid, never had any interest in it. Have nothing against religion or people that believe.

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