atheistism is it a hand me down tradition or are you born that way?

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    everyone would like to know.
     
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    Religion - indoctrination? Has to be. Who could make that crap up?
     
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    Atheism is a logical conclusion for people who don't have their minds stuck in a book of fiction written some 1500 years ago.
    I would say that everyone starts out atheist, otherwise, why would you need sunday school and the bible? You'd know all that stuff already.
     
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    Atheism is purely a reaction. It would not exist if it there weren't people who believe in a higher power.
     
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    Umm, if there weren't people who believed in a higher power that would make EVERYONE atheists.
     
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    That is the point of his statement!!:razz:
     
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    When you're born in a family that is atheist, then for the first few years before your brain develops sufficiently to be able to do that sort of thinking, you're an 'atheist' too - in terms of not believing in any higher power. However, once one's old enough and starts thinking for himself/herself, they can decide what they believe or rather - what they want to believe.

    I was born in an atheist - or maybe an agnostic - family. Never talked about the existence nor the non-existence of god. When I turned 15, I read a bunch of books on the topic of religion and decided that that shit just doesn't rock my boat (seemed too crazy and unnecessary to me - a lotta ado 'bout nothin'). I decided to rest my case midways - I'm an agnostic. I can't either prove nor disprove the existence of any higher power. A friend of mine grew up in a similar family, but ended up marrying a Mormon. She's a Mormon too now ... whatever rocks her boat. As long as she doesn't preach to me, I couldn't care less.

    Does that answer your question?
     
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    Apparently it is not a hand me down tradition since I was born in a very religious (methodists) family with its own church.

    Was I born this way? Maybe, or maybe not. I think my atheism began with the revelation that there was no Santa Claus--and how all the grown ups contributed to the ruse that there was one.

    I still remember that night after Christmas I wondered--if there is no Santa, how about the Easter Bunny, Ghosts,....Christ?
     
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    Well, I guess everyone would like to know why you believe it would be confined to those two reasons. Unless, of course, you're pushing some personal agenda.
     
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    giving the fact religion is man made, I would say you are born an atheist.
    Religion is something you are taught.
     

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