Originally posted by jenmckin
I sincerely don´t get the connection between former Catholicism and later becoming an atheist, though that is exactly my own case.
Would you care to elaborate your thought?
It was mere curiosity because most atheists I have encountered online, through friends & other wise "real life" situations usually say, "Well I was
raised Catholic..." So I wondered if this particular atheist formerly practiced Catholicism.
I have not seen many people from...say...the Baptist or Methodist community turning toward atheism. This was just my observation & experience in my
own life, so I sort of developed a personal theory that most atheists were formerly Catholic. Whether it's true or not, well I haven't met enough
atheists to do a controlled experiment. So far, it's unscientific research. lol
Again I fail to see a connection here.
Though you tried to sound non-commital by adding the "most, not all" clause, your remarks made me wonder whether you have suffered in the hands of
Unlike you, I won´t try to sound so politically correct, no sugar-coating, so please bear with me..
There was no connection specifically. This was strictly my personal experience with atheists I have had personal contact with. And I meant what I
said...the majority I have met feel they are intellectually superior to everyone who does not agree with them. There are a few that I've met that
were congenial. Several in fact that are were on my myspace account when I had one...if someone said, "Pray for me/someone I love.." etc they would
say back things like, "Why? It's useless. You're only praying to make yourself feel better & it's stupid." Or by asking a simple question such as
what the OP has offered here, I have been attacked viciously. So you are right...only it wasn't obnoxious debaters, it was defensive aggressors. lol
As I said, I don't judge no matter whether some one is one religion or believes in nothing at all. But I don't agree with belittling others because
they believe differently than you do.
Did I sound like a preacher? Good grief, I'm sorry. Not my intention.
I by no means think that atheists are immoral, degenerates (lol), or anything else negative.
I was only curious to understand the connection you made between Catholicism and Atheism. Let me give you my perspective. I live in a country where
most people are born and raised in a Catholic background, and most of them just go through life without questioning this belief system. I remember
that once pope John Paul II claimed that Brazil was the largest Catholic country in the world (whatever he meant, large by area, or by population, who
In the past few decades, however, there has been a noticeable rise in Protestant denominations, mostly of Baptist, or reformed Baptist churches.
That was exactly the case with my parents, who recently migrated to the Baptist faith.
IMO, no difference in exchanging follies.
What I´m saying is that I get sick and tired of being labeled all sorts of derogatory terms when I try to discuss this faith subject. Even those who
claim to be indifferent seem to consider questioning such beliefs to be improper, or at least very impolite.
I think I understand your point of view though.
It gets rather tiresome to be always corrected when one says "Oh my God!", or "God bless you", or "For God´s sake". I am an atheist and I
catch myself using these kind of expressions all the time. But I take them for what they are, simply good will remarks, or conversational
I think to reprimand so harshly, on so little, would be not only foolish, but also denote an act of self-affirmation.
Oh God, spare me from the zeal of the newly convert! Especially from the newly atheist!
To be fair you most certainly do not sound like a preacher.