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Old 01-31-2012, 12:10 PM   #1
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Yet Another "I'm New" Thread

Hi there. I am a 30-year-old bipolar NEET atheist raised in a Mormon household. I committed apostasy, uncloseted, at around 15 years old when I started being skeptical about Mormonism, and by extent, religion in general. It was a non-issue in my household, and my friends at the time didn't really care about my sudden atheism.

My Mormon grandmother lives with me currently, and as the one that raised me, she encouraged me to be skeptical and read the Bible while drawing my own conclusions from it, even though she's a believer. I also currently have a few Mormon friends from her Church.

The longest friendship I've ever held was with a Pentecostal for 17 years, since I was about 12. He claimed he was saved at around 17, when he felt his endorphin level raise for the first time, and attributed it to being touched by the Holy Spirit. He and I have been getting into long religious, scientific, and philosophical discussions since then. Though around April of '11, our friendship died due to an event unrelated to our religious differences.

Anyway, I've recently felt the urge to discuss my views, as well as read about other's views. I'm a big fan of The Atheist Experience, in particular one of it's hosts, Matt Dillahunty. My main goal is to spread awareness of how atheism isn't innately evil, and to find common ground with theists.

Nice to find this board
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Old 01-31-2012, 12:13 PM   #2
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Welcome to the forum, orangeitis.

Just curious: Why do you capitalize the "A" in atheist?

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Old 01-31-2012, 12:14 PM   #3
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I have no idea. Guess I do it unconsciously. Dx Sorry. *edits*
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Old 01-31-2012, 12:15 PM   #4
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Hi, orangeitis!

I thought you said you didn't care what any of us thought? So, you do care? I do wish you would make up your mind already. - NKB
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Old 01-31-2012, 12:23 PM   #5
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Hi Orangeitis, welcome. Unlike you I'm a pretty untidy atheist.

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Old 01-31-2012, 12:25 PM   #6
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We're all different in our own ways Glad to meet you all.
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Old 01-31-2012, 12:30 PM   #7
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Greetings heathen. I first touched the spirit at around 14 - Glenfiddich was her name and she led me into some great rambling philosophical sessions. I never looked back.

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Old 01-31-2012, 12:30 PM   #8
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I have no idea. Guess I do it unconsciously. Dx Sorry. *edits*
Oh.

I was curious only because some folks (oftentimes theists) like to equate not believing in gods to a religion when there is not, to my knowledge, an organized belief system based on not believing in general assertions of a God or gods.

That's all.

Anyway, I admire your resolve in trying to get others to realize that atheists are not inherently evil. That's a very tall order when holding misconceptions and uncharitable beliefs about atheists, in general, tends to serve theist causes so well.

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Old 01-31-2012, 12:42 PM   #9
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Hi there. I am a 30-year-old bipolar NEET atheist raised in a Mormon household.
I'm glad I didn't do one of these introduction thingys.

I'm boring compared to this stuff.

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Old 01-31-2012, 12:45 PM   #10
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Old 01-31-2012, 01:14 PM   #11
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Old 01-31-2012, 01:43 PM   #12
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...... My main goal is to spread awareness of how atheism isn't innately evil, and to find common ground with theists.
Best of luck with that endeavour .....and welcome.

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I first touched the spirit at around 14 - Glenfiddich was her name and she led me into some great rambling philosophical sessions. I never looked back.
ahhhh..... Glenfiddich, so sweet the memories - I lost my virginity to a 6th former and a bottle of Glenfiddich at 14. Bless them both

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Old 01-31-2012, 02:05 PM   #13
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Hi Orangeitis, welcome to the forum, it's good to have you here.

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Old 01-31-2012, 02:52 PM   #14
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Old 01-31-2012, 04:10 PM   #15
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Welcome to the forum. Do try and make yourself at home.

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I'm a big fan of The Atheist Experience, in particular one of it's hosts, Matt Dillahunty.
This talk show was one of my most abrupt and pleasantly disturbing introductions to the world of non-belief. And yes, Matt kicks ass.
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