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I Am An Atheist

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    I am a closeted atheist.

    .. my family does not know. It would be heartbreaking for my mom who is already close to dying. I just want her to live her last years in peace so I keep quiet. What is driving me nuts is Facebook this week... All those post about JEEEBUS and the pictures of bloodied men on...
    Lillith13 Lillith13 26-30, F 3 Responses 4 days ago

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    When I was young like most children I believed

    in god, Jesus and all that. However looking back at my school years I had no choice. We were always told that god was real and that was the way it was. It's not like I went to any religious school this was a standard school. When I grew older I began to question god I actually...
    Robuk1991 Robuk1991 22-25, M 5 Responses Mar 27

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    Prayer

    For a long time, I wasn't sure whether I had sufficient claim to the word "atheist" because I never felt like I had really rejected religious indoctrination.  When I was young, my mom told me and my younger brother a little about God.  I toted books to church...
    yifeng yifeng 19-21, F 48 Responses Oct 10, 2006

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    Atheists & Anger - A Blog By Greta Christina

    ATHEISTS AND ANGER   I want to talk about atheists and anger.   This has been a hard piece to write, and it may be a hard one to read. I'm not going to be as polite and good-tempered as I usually am in this blog; this piece is about anger, and for once I'm going to...
    BettyValentine BettyValentine 22-25, F 25 Responses Dec 28, 2010

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    I was raised in a catholic household.

    But at the age of 16, I've been introduced to philosophy, in college. It changed my life. I was starting to question the validity of the dogma. And then at 19 years-old, I have read "L'existentialisme est un humanisme" by Jean-Paul Sartre. And it all made sense to me. Basically...
    CantatriceChauve CantatriceChauve 31-35, F 2 Responses Apr 14

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    In An Overly Religious World...

    Ever since I cemented my atheistic beliefs in high school, I feel stifled in what often seems like a religion-oriented world. I know that I'm not alone in my beliefs, but it's frustrating to see hardcore religious folks negatively impact the world with their ignorance and...
    AntOnTheMirror AntOnTheMirror 18-21, F 22 Responses May 19, 2007

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    Despite I'm an atheist,

    I'm not a person goes around and put down people religion. What a person wants to believe in is their own business. Most people I that I know believes in some form of religion. However, we still able to speak. Sometimes they want to say a pray for me and even though I don't...
    ChillyWilly82 ChillyWilly82 31-35, M 5 Responses Apr 5

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    Pascal’s wager “Are you willing to spend

    an eternity in lonely darkness for what you believe?” This question was posed to me when I first became an Atheist around the age of 12. At the time I didn’t really know what to say to it except, “What?” I was also presented with this dilemma again in my 7th grade...
    AsexualMeat AsexualMeat 18-21, F 11 Responses Dec 29, 2013

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    Atheism is the only logical position.

    There is no evidence for a God, there isn't even a need for a God to exist. Logic says that God almost certainly does not exist (since it is impossible to prove a negative). Theism also has a huge problem. Believers are REJECTING logic. Can you really trust people that reject...
    MrAtheism MrAtheism 18-21, M 66 Responses 4 days ago

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    God Saved Me

    One single person from the upper floors of the twin towers survived.  Horribly burned, when the lone survivor left the hospital after more than a year, he made a brief statement to the media saying that it was a miracle that he survived and that god has saved him. What...
    MtnMig MtnMig 36-40, M 57 Responses Feb 15, 2010

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    BettyValentine BettyValentine 22-25, F 48 Responses Dec 29, 2010

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    People Should Respect!

    My words are for Christians in here, "I am an atheist". So, you go to the "I am an Atheist" experience as a Christian and write comments as you wish under people's experiences, instead of ep's being a free site which people can share their opinion freely and searching for...
    strongatheist strongatheist 18-21, F 29 Responses Sep 24, 2013

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    I Hate When People Try To Change It

    Whenever people find out they harass me about why I should love god CONSTANTLY, some have even gone as far as to shove a bible in my face. To me it's like this; I respect your religion, I don't tell you that god isn't real or tear up the bible you put in my face... So please don...
    TheCrookedYoung TheCrookedYoung 13-15, F 20 Responses Nov 27, 2013

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    jaccuzi jaccuzi 22-25, M 14 Responses Apr 14

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    Separation Of Church And State

    My son is in Kindergarten and attends the local public elementary school. While on Thanksgiving break from school, he says to me, "Mommy, you want to hear a song I learned at school?" Of course I said yes. He sang a bit of a song with clear Christian messages, and with a little...
    autimom autimom 31-35, F 35 Responses Dec 29, 2010

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    I have nothing against other religions I just

    find them pointless.. I don't believe in heven or hell. The Christians just say these a heaven to get off the hell they are living in. We are the demons and the earth is our hell. I'm just living here going with life. I don't believe in heaven or god or any of that... Okay I'm...
    xXAliCatXx xXAliCatXx 13-15, F 5 Responses Mar 28

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    I live in a Christian household.

    My parents aren't too religious but I'll still be dragged to church once in a while. I am starting doubt any possibility of a god. I'm agnostic pretty much.
    apathyiswinning apathyiswinning 18-21, M 2 Responses Mar 25

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    I have a five year old little sister.

    She went to a daycare that was in a church so she was preached to about Jesus and God and the Bible. I, however, am an atheist. I was previously Christian but as I grew up, I began to realize that I didn't really believe in what they taught. I saw the Bible as a fairy tale, as...
    sunny1818 sunny1818 18-21, F 30 Responses Dec 25, 2013

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    Quiet(ish) Atheist - quick survey inside

    I don't mind (too much) if other people choose to be religious. I've become nice about it over the years. Here's a question, though, for atheists who were raised in a religion: how old were you when you decided you were an atheist? I've noticed that most people have the same...
    Zandze Zandze 26-30, F 78 Responses Apr 4, 2007

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    The Beatuy Of Not Knowing

    I have been thinking I would share my views on why I am Atheist for awhile now. That said, it is for friends of mine, so they can understand my point of view. I do not have the intent of trying to convince anyone. My brother, as well as many others I know, is religious and belong...
    JeffSnow JeffSnow 26-30, M 5 Responses Sep 13, 2013

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    I Think, Therefore I Am (an Atheist)

    I am an atheist, and because of that I believe life is precious. Saying life is precious might sound like something a pro-life religious person would say, so allow me to explain my reasoning. I believe that this short life we are blessed with is all that we will ever have...
    VendettA12 VendettA12 33, M 104 Responses Jan 8, 2009

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    jumpersforgoalposts jumpersforgoalposts 46-50, M 8 Responses 4 days ago

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    I'm an atheist and I respect peoples beliefs

    as long as they don't harm anyone else. But I think it's really negligent to put yours or other peoples problems on god or Jesus. Saying "please god just handle this" instead of trying to solve the problem themselves.
    Garrett1212 Garrett1212 18-21, M 2 Responses Apr 13

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    The Problem With Christians Are Atheists...

    *rant on * The problem with Christianity is not the Christians themselves, trust me they are hard pressed to think outside of a fictional book they have for the most part never read, no the problem with Christianity is most atheists. Allow me to elaborate, I...
    snarkbite snarkbite 26-30, F 126 Responses Sep 16, 2009

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    And one thing I hate is

    when a person's success on something is attributed to God's work. Like right now... My cousin's ability to handle leukemia well is thanks to God, and my drawing abilities are thanks to God. Go through a difficult surgery with no complications? Thank God, not the doctor.
    Naxxaras Naxxaras 16-17, F 8 Responses Mar 24

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    I was and have been a person

    who rejects religion, mostly because of the outcome, and not of what it teaches, for I think every religion is something unique and beautiful when it is a standalone, and when it does not evolve into an extreme one. What seems a paradox to me: Easter Celebrating different days...
    basicallydifferent basicallydifferent 16-17, M 3 Responses 2 days ago

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    Strong Atheist

    Imo, there are no gods or any other higher powers..
    cheapxvodka cheapxvodka 19-21, F 69 Responses Mar 25, 2007

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    I do not understand religion.

    I'm agnostic about my atheism. Yet I'm just as agnostic about my lack of a belief in Zeus, the Flying Spaghetti Monster, and celestial teapots orbiting the sun as I am about my lack of a belief in the Judeo-Christian God. It's not that I believe that there is no God, per say. I...
    seitanist seitanist 22-25, F 6 Responses a week ago

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    I have recently admitted to myself

    that I am atheist. I think I was for a while I was just too scared to let people know, especially since I am living with a bunch of Catholics. I'm living with my mom, her boyfriend and my toe younger siblings. My whole family is religious but these are the only ones that are...
    LameyC LameyC 18-21, F 6 Responses 5 days ago

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    I was raised Pentecostal.

    Speaking in tongues, pleading the blood of Jesus blah blah blah! According to doctrine I'm a backslider and my flesh has been turned over to satan for the purification of my soul so that I might be saved! Some may claim I'm demon possessed. This bullshit has been pounded into...
    deprogramme deprogramme 51-55, F 7 Responses 1 day ago

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    Decided to join a couple of atheist forums

    sites to maybe meet and talk to some other atheists... don't know why I bothered all I found on there was groups of hate filled whiny self centred arseholes, the level of intelligence I encountered would be about the same as an underdeveloped amoeba, and these are the people who...
    Waywardsilence Waywardsilence 41-45, M 12 Responses Mar 30

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    i don't believe in god

    or higher power..... i used to until i actually did some research in my early teens..... i think there is more evidence to support the existence of santa..
    wez2 wez2 22-25, M 6 Responses Mar 25

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    I am an atheist. I don't see any logical

    explanation for a god. But I don't go around telling everyone what to believe. I think people should believe whatever they want to. I'll respect your beliefs as long as you respect mine.
    xsiriusblackkx xsiriusblackkx 13-15, F 8 Responses Apr 9

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    I just never had any faith at all.

    from birth till now I always thought the bible and other faiths where fantasy stories that where written badly compared to "The Hobbit" or "To Kill A Mockingbird"... I even was agents all faith at one time in a vary anti religion way.. I have calmed down and now feel that if...
    Pompomnew Pompomnew 31-35, M 2 Responses 4 hrs ago

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    Born Again Atheist

    I was brought up in a christian house, I went to church every sunday with sunday school, and youth camps and everything. I even did that whole thing where you stand up in front of the whole church and ask to be saved. That night me and my dad sat in my room, and prayed to god to...
    TCat TCat 26-30, M 109 Responses Jun 8, 2007

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    What Atheism Mean To Me - A Short Essay

    Atheism is liberty.  Its freedom of free-thought.  Its freedom to explore, learn, and educate.  Its freedom to love, laugh, and live without hatred or bigotry.  Its freedom of speech; freedom to criticize and analyze all subjects without limitations.  ...
    NoGodsNoMasters NoGodsNoMasters 31-35, F 84 Responses Oct 22, 2009

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    Comparative Theology For Computer Geeks.

    Disclaimer: Esoteric comparative theological + computer geek humour within. No disrespect intended. If you do not understand the disclaimer or can't parse L33T, you probably shouldn't read on ;) The Abrahamic belief operating systems (Judaism, Christianity and Islam) all...
    TheTardyDodo TheTardyDodo 31-35, M 11 Responses Dec 6, 2007

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    Let Believers Believe

    It gives me great comfort to believe that I am speck of dust in the universe, important to nobody except maybe similar specks of dust I might come into contact with.  It may be nice to think that my every thought and action is being seen and judged by God on high, that one...
    damselfly damselfly 46-50, F 13 Responses Dec 13, 2010

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    Ive been an atheist for a few years now.

    I think religion causes a lot of hatred and wars between people. However i do have a lot respect for Buddhism, Hinduism, Wicca, and Rastafarianism. They seem to be the most peaceful religions ^_^ what do you guys think? And just as a reminder, im not trying to offend anyone or...
    AaronIsaac AaronIsaac 16-17, M 8 Responses Mar 30

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    Yep, it's true. Remember at 16 being scolded

    when I commented, it was relevant to the conversation, that I was an atheist. Thought it rude since I was expected to respect the beliefs of the Christians which surrounded me. Anyway, more importantly, I could be misinterpreting but Christians seem to sell themselves short...
    chparker chparker 31-35, M 4 Responses Apr 14

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    What Would Jesus Do?

    I wonder what Jesus would do if he were to be resurrected and taught the last 2000 years of history. I mean, assuming that christians are in some way right and Jesus could actually come back, what would he actually think? At first he'd probably be angry at being killed by the...
    AnxietyReactor AnxietyReactor 36-40, M 1 Response Apr 5, 2013

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    I was almost all my life a devout

    fundamentalist Christian. I was indoctrinated into it from a young age so naturally I didn't question it. When I was younger I'd live in fear at times wondering "am I going to hell for this!? What if god doesn't forgive for this!?" I was completely brainwashed, any argument...
    Asadpenguin Asadpenguin 13-15, M 4 Responses 4 days ago

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    Socrates Meets Jesus

      Socrates Good morning, Jesus, I have heard much of your marvelous teachings. In my own modest way I am a philosopher here in Athens. I am told you have great wisdom and...
    AWUK AWUK 26-30, F 37 Responses Nov 8, 2007

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    Atheism is the fastest growing religion

    ^^ Proud to be part of this growing community of liberated and untethered people
    pjpaul pjpaul 16-17, M 7 Responses 4 days ago

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    I just came across a question

    that asked what is something that people brag about that isn't worth bragging about. Someone out down atheism and that riled me. Why can't we brag about being freed from religion especially if we were raised to believe that bullshit? Are theists the only ones that get to brag...
    LameyC LameyC 18-21, F 5 Responses Apr 13

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    There Probably Is No God, Now Stop Worrying And Enjoy Youre Life.

    I figured it’s about time I wrote something about my atheism, how I became to be one and such. I suppose I was always really an atheist. I have a grandfather who is very Christian and wanted me to go to Sunday school as a child. Neither one of my parents (especially not my mum...
    NerdyBirdy NerdyBirdy 18-21, F 34 Responses Mar 30, 2011

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    I grew up protestant,

    but I soon realized all of this christian bullcrap was just mythology. I believe in reincarnation, not heaven and hell. I believe in a higher power, but not almighty christ. I believe something created us, not some man called god.
    VinceOfOhio VinceOfOhio 16-17 5 Responses Mar 28

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    I am an atheist proud

    but sad. I know If life has no meaning then make a purpose, but now i can't continue.. Still no hope in something :(
    ScorpM ScorpM 18-21, M 8 Responses 4 days ago

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    It's not just that, I'm not an Atheist

    because I think it's cool or because of religious extremists. I do not think there is a God nor the Devil, but I do believe that there is evil and good among us. I do not think there is anything higher above or below us. People often freak out when they figure out this fact...
    ThatDarnKatz ThatDarnKatz 16-17, F 4 Responses Dec 7, 2013

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    I find it amusing that

    when people find out I'm an Atheist they assume I have no morals or ethics.
    ErraticallyGrey ErraticallyGrey 22-25, F 37 Responses 5 days ago

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    Ok so I'm not the type person

    who tells other people that they shouldn't believe their beliefs but it annoys me that people use their own personal beliefs to try and change other peoples lives. They say that they can't marry who they want because it's against their own personal beliefs. I also don't think...
    Bowtiesarecool11 Bowtiesarecool11 13-15, F 29 Responses Jan 30

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    I recently arrived at the conclusion

    that religion of all kinds is simply a scam on par with racketeering. If you ever heard of "unfair and deceptive trade practices" that threaten the consumer, then you will not be surprised to learn that in religion protected by constitutional freedoms, programmed abuse and...
    expproj005 expproj005 46-50, M 1 Response 6 hrs ago

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    I believe there's spiritual begins,

    but I don't believe in god. Frankly, I don't know what's real. I don't know who or what created the world. Or what happens after we die. People try to push religion as fact, but the truth is...nobody knows.
    blakechapman21 blakechapman21 13-15, M 5 Responses Apr 13

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    Born Atheist

    I was watching my baby girl in awe in this morning while reading the comments on my last EP story and could help but think.  My eight month old daughter is delightfully happy; I'm sure as most eight month olds.  She is cruising and taking a few steps on her own...
    NoGodsNoMasters NoGodsNoMasters 31-35, F 71 Responses Jul 19, 2009

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    Christianity

    i find it both sad and amazing that christianity is praised by millions in america. im only talking about christianity because i see it every where! how can stories about talking snakes and a man walking on water be so believed? because parents with beliefs raise children with...
    kylekilla1 kylekilla1 18-21, M 12 Responses May 1, 2013

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    Militant Atheist

    Enough is enough! It's time to draw that line in the sand. For too long, for millennia, since man first started to form societies we have had our view of the universe tainted with religion. To say that theists have had a fair crack at the whip would be understatement in the...
    Lazarus42 Lazarus42 46-50, M 25 Responses Oct 21, 2007

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