wadori Posted October 20, 2018 Share Posted October 20, 2018 I grew up along the coast of Maine. My father took me to church (Christian and Missionary Alliance) three times a week and I grew up believing (as much as any intelligent person can believe) in Christianity and the Bible. I took it very seriously and was the "Bible boy" in my high school. (Oooh, it hurts to admit that!) As I went through my twenties I got married and divorced, and my religion more-or-less went along with my marriage. I tried for a while after the divorce to search around and try to find my way in "God's plan", but such was not to be found, so by the time I finished my twenties I no longer held to religious beliefs. I was searching for reality. There was no reality to be found in god or Christianity. In my thirties I went back to college and after a long, long ordeal finally got a degree in biology, which has been pretty much useless in terms of finding work or establishing a career. I did, however, gain a better grounding in science, and, even though I don't work as a scientist, if anyone asks how I would describe my belief system now that I am no longer religious, I describe myself as a "scientist", not because of my degree, but simply because I believe that we arrive at knowledge and understanding of the world and the universe (and ourselves, to a large degree) by rational investigation and systematic study (i.e., science), rather than by some kind of supernatural revelation. Some people would refer to me as an "atheist", which is perhaps accurate, since I don't believe in god, but I don't particularly like the word "atheist", since it only tells you what I don't believe, i.e,, that I don't believe in god or gods. It doesn't tell you what I do believe in. "Scientist" tells you what I do believe in. On the subject of science, this is perhaps the worst effect of living under religious dogma. I didn't take science in high school. Why not? Because I didn't need to. You know, when you have the creator of all of it as your "buddy" why do you need to study that stuff. After all, my "father" made all those rules that scientists are struggling to figure out, right? What I am saying, basically, is that religion squelched my curiosity. I didn't feel the need to search and try to come to actually understand things. Jesus was "the answer". That was all you needed. Taking away a child's curiosity (in science, in philosophy, in history, in whatever) is perhaps the worst thing you can do to him. It stymies his development for the rest of his life. It's hard to go back late in life and "catch up" if you failed to ask questions when you were younger. (At least that's my experience.) I still feel much at a loss in many ways because of this gap in my development. Now I live in Oregon, in a city that is less religious (75% religiously nonaffiliated) than the "least religious" city in the U.S., which is also in Oregon -- Portland, 42% religiously nonaffiliated according to recent studies. (Apparently we as so bad that we aren't even considered part of the U.S. anymore!) I am focused on writing these days, just published a book of religious parody and am trying to finish up one more. I look forward to talking with the people in this group. 4 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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