Originally posted by nicolee123nd
If you ever get into a religious conversation with an atheist, at one point the person almost always says "I was raised Christian..." How come you
never hear a person say "I was born an atheist..."?
Because we are all born atheists, I suspect. The beliefs we carry into adulthood are usually the ones we're raised
with, not the ones we're
born with. But it's a good point. I was born an atheist, raised as a Christian and then returned to atheism.
In America, studies showed that 8% of people were atheist/agnostic/nonreligious in 1990
I'm actually surprised that the number is that low. Considering there are so many preachers who are actually atheists
(Preachers Who Are Not Believers
) I'm certain there are a number of people who do not
believe in God, but claim some religion or the other.
When I have asked friends if they are atheist, they reply "No", but when I ask if they believe in God, they also reply, "No". So, many people don't
really know what the word means and I suspect that more still are afraid to adopt the label, as many new atheists are. I think that will be changing
shortly, though. I'd like to see a study with results from today. I think the numbers would be even higher than twenty years ago.
Hell.If you think back to the pre-1950s, many people considered it taboo to even not attend church every Sunday, to support homosexuality, to have an
abortion or even use birth control, etc. The Christian Church had a much stronger hold on us back then. And now that people have the power to think
freely, they may realize that they've put their faith in something that they now realize isn't so legitimate.
This is a good point. The brand of Christianity my parents practiced (in the 60s) was very strict:
Church EVERY Sunday morning (and Sunday School) and evening
Church every Wednesday evening
Attendance required at church camp every summer
Attendance required at all local revivals
NO dancing allowed
NO cards in the house or card playing (gambling)
NO pants for females
NO drinking or smoking
We couldn't even use words like "shoot" and "dang" because they stood for curse words.
Our entire lives were focused on religion and doubting never came into our minds. I remember asking my parents questions about stuff I didn't
understand and they always had a religious-inspired answer. It was either God's will or the Devil's fault, regardless of the question,
Some people may see the growth in nonreligious people as a bad thing, weather it's for the sake of their religion or that they just don't like
atheists. But I see this as a good thing. I'm an atheist, and I'm gonna admit, I think religion is holding us back from advancing, scientifically and
Religion would be fine if the people just didn't push everyone else to hold the same beliefs. I do think that the current practices and politicization
of religion is getting us into a lot of trouble and holding us back, as far as progressing scientifically and even socially.
Without religion (Christianity in particular), we could have a better society overall. No longer would gays, women, blacks, and anyone else looked
down on in some religions be considered lesser citizens.
I agree. But it doesn't require the removal of religion, it just requires that religion be put in its place. As a belief system. Not a governmental
influence. Getting religion out of government would go a LONG way in advancing in science, society and even spiritually. TRUE freedom of and from
religion would be a great improvement.
I think the fall of religious importance (and its place of "special treatment" in our society) is a good thing. We are set up to be a secular
government. Religious organizations should be treated just like any other business. And no one's 'belief system' should make the rules for everyone
edit on 6/13/2011 by Benevolent Heretic because: (no reason given)