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new2me last won the day on February 25 2013

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    My extimony: http://www.ex-christian.net/topic/53936-i-am-a-monkey-girl/

    While I always had some questions about the "why's" of Christianity, the first big chink in the armor was reading the book "Monkey Girl" and finally realizing that God did not create humans... we evolved from primates. More research, and an underlying sense of "this just doesn't add up" led me to abandon Christianity. This all culminated this year. I am so glad I found this forum because I would love to connect with other atheists to bounce ideas off of and learn how they have dealt with the problems I am also wrestling with.

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  1. I remember young women in church who talked about how they felt they would not live to see old age. Usually it was because they were certain that Jesus would return before they would reach old age, not because they expected to suddenly die. As far as I know, all of those ladies are still quite alive right now. But if enough Christians express their "knowledge" that they will die young, inevitably some of them will be right.
  2. Posted by a Catholic friend on FB: "I will not wash this McCoy jersey..... It has holy water on it from two masses that yielded two wins." All I can think is, "FUCK your imaginary magical friend and his magical water that can supposedly impact a stupid sports game that has no real meaning in this world, but has no power to actually cure the sick or improve anyone's real life suffering!" Geesh.
  3. I just watched this video. It is the same blatant emotional manipulation churches use to find people who are hurting and try to use their pain to suck them into the church. They're looking for people who don't have enough love in their life and are desperate for someone to love them, and they try to insinuate that they can only find that love from God. Better advice for those people who are experiencing that pain is to spend time with a qualified therapist so they can find ways to work through their issues and make positive changes in their lives. And I just loved how one of the points
  4. Welcome IDEK99! I don't think anyone becomes a Christian by reviewing the evidence of the religion. That's how people become ex-Christians! It's good that you're allowing yourself to be exposed to other points of view. I avoided doing that for a long time and I really regret it. Living your life according to what you find valuable is a great start!
  5. Yes, fortunately in the real-life conversations I've had on the topic, the term atheist fits the bill without need for further explanation.
  6. This video kind of refutes the position of the last one I posted, but she makes a lot of good points. And it's funny! I am as agnostic about God as I am about butt-elves, so maybe I'm not an agnostic atheist after all! And maybe labels are less helpful than I originally thought, too.
  7. The Epicurean Paradox comes to mind... Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able? Then he is not omnipotent. Is he able, but not willing? Then he is malevolent. Is he both able and willing? Then whence cometh evil? Is he neither able nor willing? Then why call him God?
  8. I like this video about atheism and agnosticism (although it is a bit repetitive at the end.)
  9. The thought of spanking an infant makes me want to throw up. I couldn't have done that to my babies. So glad you escaped Christianity and found us! Welcome to Ex-C.
  10. I don't really agree with this. I consider myself an atheist, because I see no evidence that god exists. But, I can't say that I know 100% of anything for sure, so if pressed I would clarify my position as that of an agnostic atheist. I don't see the two terms as being opposites, but as complementary concepts. It is also possible to be an agnostic theist.
  11. Nope, not disappointing at all. It sounds like you made the best call based on the information you have.
  12. ^^ THIS. A thousand times, this.
  13. I did not read Parenting Beyond Belief, but I did read Raising Freethinkers: A Practical Guide to Parenting Beyond Belief. I recommend it highly. It gives a lot of reading resources (both for parents and for kids) that help develop critical thinking skills. (You can get these on the PBB website without reading the book, too.) One of the biggest things I took away from that book is that it is good to try not to always answer all of their questions, but instead, help them work through the logical steps to reach a conclusion. Or, even say "I don't know, let's find out together!" It is kind
  14. It's your Facebook page! If your FB friends aren't interested in the things that you like or find interesting, they have two choices: a) Ignore/don't read your page b ) Unfriend you. Seems simple to me. If someone wants to be offended over this, that is their problem - not yours. edited: I keep forgetting that a b next to a ) makes a smiley-face with sunglasses!
  15. I think what feels creepy to me is that as a Christian, he was always portrayed as a father figure. It's not a question of Jesus' looks, or any issue with human sexuality. Jesus and the Heavenly father are one person, right? The idea of having sex with my father is just repulsive.
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