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    From childhood Catholic to lukewarm conservative Christian. But now the spell is broken. I've come to realize I was probably always an atheist by nature.

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  • Still have any Gods? If so, who or what?

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  1. I’m not an expert on Buddhism by any means but it certainly seems possible that somebody could be an atheist and a Buddhist both. Keeping in mind that there are several “schools” of Buddhism, some of which incorporate supernatural concepts more than others. And there is a growth in “Western” secular Buddhism that appeals to me as a “non-spiritual” type. If “idolize” means to treat as an infallible godlike figure, I wouldn’t recommend that. If it means to hold in awe and respect, there are some historical figures who probably are worthy of that. I can certainly see the a
  2. Well @freshstart, I got a copy of the e-book from the library and I just started Chapter 4 and I’m very much looking forward to whatever is to come. Just starting to learn the difference between the Concentration and Mindfulness types of meditation. I’ve dabbled in meditation and am keen to get into it more. I will say I’m reassured by the lack of “religious” stuff so far. The book title might lead one to think it was an endorsement of Buddhism as a religion, so I’m glad you drew my attention to it: I probably wouldn’t have picket it up based on the title alone. By contrast, a while back
  3. Hi @ElectricalAand welcome to the community! You ARE brand-new to being an Ex-Christian! Everybody has their own unique deconversion experience but there are often rough spots early on. Being a member of a community like this makes a big difference, so I’m glad you found us. I’m looking forward to hearing more from you. Was there anything in particular that led you to step out of Christianity?
  4. It’s important to point out that the concept of Eternal Damnation, as well as the very idea of existence after death, only evolved gradually in Judaism and later Christianity, as can be seen from an open-minded reading of scripture. They have all the hallmarks of a concept that were dreamed up by humans, not revealed by an unchanging deity. The millions of people who accept them unquestioningly today have no idea what a flimsy basis these concepts actually have. Satan himself evolved through the pages of the Old Testament. A huge transformation that again is compatible with being
  5. I’d be hesitant to kick anybody’s crutch away, even if I’m convinced it’s a crutch of false beliefs. Without it, they might end up thriving as many of us have, but they could also end up in a world of hurt and misery. I wouldn’t want to be responsible for contributing to the latter. On the other hand if somebody asks for help in letting go of the crutch, I’d be ready and eager to help. And that’s how we operate at Ex-C: we don’t go looking for crutches to kick. People come here at some point in the deconversion process. Maybe they’re already convinced Christianity is not truth, or maybe
  6. Beings like Satan were assumed to exist by cultures that needed an explanation for why bad things happened. This was at a time in human history when the only possible explanation for why complex things existed was that a powerful being created them. A god. So you had a god who created all the good things. But what about the bad things? Some cultures developed the idea that there were good gods and bad gods, fighting it out with humans as recipients of their benevolence or malice, depending on which deity was dominant at that moment. In Judaism originally, bad things only happened to peop
  7. ... or, I might add, to changing anybody’s mind right here. Especially once it gets heated. Spoiler alert: it almost always gets heated. ^^^^^ This! ^^^^^ The political arguments are usually among those of us who are “Fully Deconverted“. The fact that we’ve reached this state is testimony to the success of this site. But when we have nothing new to add regarding deconversion, that’s when we spend our energy on this peripheral stuff. Peripheral to the purpose of this site. And sometimes it cause us to neglect new members and their needs. As well as making potential n
  8. Well then I would encourage you to step up your practice ... significantly
  9. I’d be interested in that! I’m one of the less spiritual people around here, and very much non-theistic, but I’ve been curious about secular versions of Buddhism and also meditation, so this seems like a good opportunity for me to dig deeper. I think @Joshpanteramight be interested in this too if he has time, given his long-standing interest in eastern philosophy (I know he’s a fan of Alan Watts). But yeah, count me in. I already checked out the audio-book from my library.
  10. I voted for Bush in 2000 and 2004, McCain in 2008 and Romney in 2012. In 2016 I voted for Evan McMullin and I this year I went with Jo Jorgensen. I voted Republican for the House and Senate and I’m still a registered Republican. I was glad to see the GOP pick up seats in the House and look likely to keep a thin majority in the Senate. But it seems clear to me that Biden has won the Presidency beyond a reasonable doubt. Are there irregularities? Sure, there always are. But Trump is reacting to the election the way he has reacted to every loss in his life: he was cheated, he was double-cr
  11. Calling a failed prediction “a lie”, is a bit of a stretch. I hope my prediction that Biden won’t be able to keep it up for 4 years is incorrect too. But suggesting “there’s nothing to see here” seems like wishful thinking.
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