Discussion in 'Religion and Ethics' started by froggy, Sep 4, 2009.
everyone would like to know.
Religion - indoctrination? Has to be. Who could make that crap up?
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.
Atheism is purely a reaction. It would not exist if it there weren't people who believe in a higher power.
Umm, if there weren't people who believed in a higher power that would make EVERYONE atheists.
That is the point of his statement!!
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?
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?
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.
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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