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TABA last won the day on August 19

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About TABA

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  • Birthday September 24

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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. This is what I call “curated Bible study” and yes it’s designed to reinforce a certain version of Christianity and avoid exposing the student to conflicting information. Each denomination uses its own subset of scripture to reinforce its particular doctrine. The members of this community have experiences that are as varied as the individuals themselves. Many of us, like you, did not experience trauma or have bad experiences in the church. Some, like myself, stayed in the fold for so long because it was rather a comfortable place. For decades, the benefits of community kept me
  2. I agree with Dave and Josh. Christians and political Progressives/leftists have in common the idea that the human state can be perfected. For Christians it occurs when Heaven is reached after death, through a relationship with God via his son Jesus. For Progressives it is achieved by Government: an expanding state and an ever-growing body of legislation and constitutional amendments. If equality of opportunity doesn’t yield Utopia, then we must move on to “equity”, the new buzz-word, which typically is meant as something like equality of outcome. For as long as humans are human
  3. It’s kind of taken for granted around here, but most of us who do call ourselves atheists are technically agnostic atheists, who do not believe in any gods but also do not rule out the possibility of some kind of deity existing. At the end of the day, these are just labels: there’s no one “right” way to be an Ex-Christian. Except not being a Christian.
  4. These forums -as well as the Recommended Books page - contain a wealth of arguments and evidence pointing to the likelihood that the god of the Bible -as well as Satan, Heaven and Hell - were inventions of the human imagination, driven by the need in an earlier era to explain how the world works. But each of us has to evaluate and come to our own conclusion, to know why we believe or don’t believe.
  5. If Trump gets re-elected, he should thank the likes of these horrible kids. I hope when they look at this at some point in the future, they will have the decency to cringe in shame at what they used to be. I guarantee you, people who can’t even stand Trump will vote for him when they see shit like this.
  6. I’ve never known a time when politics (in the US and the English-speaking world in general) has been more subjective, more driven by emotion and irrational thinking. It’s become much more about hating the other tribe than about policy. Social media and TV news magnify this, rewarding snark and sound-bites. Never have people had so much factual information at their fingertips, and rarely have people acted so irrationally. The one bright spot is the long-form podcasts from the likes of Joe Rogan, Michael Shermer and Sam Harris. All is not lost.
  7. I’m interested to see what Objectivists have to say about that. It will take more than a quick look. In any case, I’ve really taken a shine to the Objectivists I’ve met so far. We shall see...
  8. I just started reading The Fountainhead! My first AR book. Listening to Yaron Brook really got me interested in Objectivism. That and the realization that the people who make the most sense to me on Twitter etc all seem to be Objectivists!
  9. I consider myself more Libertarian than Republican or Democrat these days. The Libertarian Party in the US is often a train-wreck: or maybe an attempt to herd cats. Libertarians don’t like to be herded! Right now, I’m thinking of voting for their Presidential candidate, Jo Jorgensen, partly because my state is very unlikely to have a close election, so I wouldn’t be “throwing my vote away”. I’m still learning about the philosophy, but for a while now the people I’ve found myself agreeing with the most often are Objectivists. They’re similar to libertarians but
  10. Many who call themselves Liberal today are simply left-wing statists. That’s a big change from the original meaning of the word Liberal, which used to signify favoring liberty. EDIT: disregard the following. I can’t edit it out for some reason. New message to follow...
  11. Hey Dave, just because you’re the Webmaster shouldn’t mean we can’t “like” your posts, ya know. Just sayin’
  12. Hi @alreadyGoneand welcome to the Ex-Christian community! Coming to the conclusion that there is likely “nobody in charge” of the universe certainly changes how we look at a lot of things - but the world does make a lot more sense from that perspective. I hope we’ll hear more from you and that you’ll share your deconversion experience whenever you’re ready to do so!
  13. You have to be a member for a little while before you get the ‘Like’ button. The more you post (without breaking the rules), the sooner it happens!
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