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    Being an atheist takes guts.

    Just a bit of insight on what it means to be an atheist. It's actually easier to allow one's self to believe in God than it is to be an atheist. Being an atheist means there is no Devil to blame, no afterlife to reunite with loved ones, no personal cosmic bodyguard, only one life to live, personal responsibility for one's thoughts, actions, and prosperity, or lack thereof, lack of acceptance from a religion infused society, and no easy explanation for our existence.

    Atheism is not for the weak.
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    I encourage those who have the balls to do what is hard to post here, and affirm that they, willing to go against the tide, are atheists. Share, if you'd like, what that decision has meant in your life.

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    Really? No other atheists want to assert their position?

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    Being an atheist can serve similar psychological needs as any other religion or belief.

    The simple reality is nobody really knows whether consciousness or matter came first, the chicken or the egg, and nobody knows for sure whether our souls or whatever live on in some way. We all have exactly the same reliable information: none.

    Atheism is simply a statement of a preferred philosophy. The devout atheists I know of, it's something of a badge of honor. They reckon themselves more rational than the poor saps around them. I'm not saying they're bad people, I'm just saying, it's kind of like believing in a conspiracy theory. It elevates the faithful above the wrong-headed rabble.

    Even a committed agnostic thinks their position is the only reasonable one, and pulls the same satisfaction from that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Czernobog View Post
    Just a bit of insight on what it means to be an atheist. It's actually easier to allow one's self to believe in God than it is to be an atheist. Being an atheist means there is no Devil to blame, no afterlife to reunite with loved ones, no personal cosmic bodyguard, only one life to live, personal responsibility for one's thoughts, actions, and prosperity, or lack thereof, lack of acceptance from a religion infused society, and no easy explanation for our existence.

    Atheism is not for the weak.
    You might have a point there.


    I don't think anyone ever call this guy weak........and lived


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    Quote Originally Posted by Czernobog View Post
    Really? No other atheists want to assert their position?
    I'm an agnostic but I'm thinking you don't want my opinion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fenrir View Post
    You might have a point there.


    I don't think anyone ever call this guy weak........and lived

    So, that guy killed in the service of Atheism? Or did he kill in order to establish power, and control? If it was the latter, why do you keep pointing to him, as his atheism had nothing to do with his actions?
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    I'm an atheist. but I'm far from evangelical about it. It's not a big thing in the UK, where church attendance is about 5%, and your beliefs are private and kept so. I understand it's harder in the US, where it can matter. I recall being invited to join a new (then) atheist group calling themselves "Brights" I think, where new US arrivals were prone to make declarations of relief and ecstasy at finding a place where they could interact with like-minded people.

    The Brights' Net - Who are The Brights?

    It was all a bit too emotionally incontinent for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dangermouse View Post
    I'm an atheist. but I'm far from evangelical about it. It's not a big thing in the UK, where church attendance is about 5%, and your beliefs are private and kept so. I understand it's harder in the US, where it can matter. I recall being invited to join a new (then) atheist group calling themselves "Brights" I think, where new US arrivals were prone to make declarations of relief and ecstasy at finding a place where they could interact with like-minded people.

    The Brights' Net - Who are The Brights?

    It was all a bit too emotionally incontinent for me.
    You may have a point. I know that here, in the US, particularly in the south, it is absolutely not popular to step out from the religious community in which most of us were raised. I have noticed that on the West Coast,. atheism is much more accepted, with some folks being second, even third generation atheist. I suppose for those generational atheists, it is likely much easier to be comfortable in their atheism.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Czernobog View Post
    Just a bit of insight on what it means to be an atheist. It's actually easier to allow one's self to believe in God than it is to be an atheist. Being an atheist means there is no Devil to blame, no afterlife to reunite with loved ones, no personal cosmic bodyguard, only one life to live, personal responsibility for one's thoughts, actions, and prosperity, or lack thereof, lack of acceptance from a religion infused society, and no easy explanation for our existence.

    Atheism is not for the weak.
    You are so correct. One is up against centuries of superstition and religious apologists try to argue evolution or scripture with me when they themselves have no fucking clue. Then they get angry at you for not being in step with everybody else. We explain our position and we are accused of 'fighting a war on Christianity'-wtf is that stupidity?

    We are associated with Commies and Nazis and we are told we have no moral compass-all of which is utter bullshit.

    However, that is on the forums and interacting with US citizens who tend to be far more evangelical and 'fire and brimstone' than Aussies. Aussies don't give a shit anymore and as the older generations move on, church attendances will drop even further.
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