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“Why I’m an Atheist”

Are you an atheist? If so, let us know why. We’ll post some of our favorite narratives on the blog, and periodically talk about them on the show. Even if you aren’t an atheist, we would love to hear about why you identify with the religion/label that you do. Be the first of your friends to be talked about on NonTheology! Post your story in the comment section below or email nontheology”AT”gmail”DOT”com

To see some awesome other stories, check out We Are Atheism!

 

4 responses to ““Why I’m an Atheist”

  1. Simon Stampfer

    November 19, 2012 at 3:52 pm

    Aren’t we atheists because remains unproven?

     
  2. Simon Stampfer

    November 19, 2012 at 3:54 pm

    It ate the word “god” because I put it in “”…. nice 🙂

     
  3. nontheology

    November 21, 2012 at 1:33 am

    –> “Aren’t we atheists because god remains unproven?”

    Yes, I would say so. We (Erik and Gabe) were both raised religious, and the interesting stories that we are after is what took you from being religious (if ever you were) to being an atheist. For some people it will be a one sentence answer, while others will write a novel trying to capture their journey. Or to put what you said into a question, why do you think god remains unproven?

     
  4. Jack M.

    February 5, 2013 at 7:49 am

    I was raised Roman Catholic and attended parochial school and Sunday school until I was around 16 years old. I stopped going after Confirmation, but I attended church just about every single Sunday of my life up until then and never really thought about it until a friend of mine asked me to join a Fellowship of Christian Athletes meeting in my High School. As usual, I wasn’t as interested in meeting fellow Christian athletes as I was in meeting girls. The majority of the meetings were made up of mostly Protestants of some kind, so I was in the Catholic minority. During one meeting, a girl said she didn’t like Catholics because they prayed to statues, they deify Mary, Joseph and other saints, believe the pope is infallible, and only Jesus and God were infallible. I had never heard this before, and I thought to myself that I don’t do any of those things, nor did I believe the pope was infallible. After examining my own religion, I realized she was right! It was like, HOLY SHIT!! I am in a cult! True, a really big, world wide, we have our own fucking country kind of cult, but still a cult nonetheless. It was actually a religious group that made me an atheist. After seeing how ridiculous my own religion was, I started investigating other religions, and just found the same ridiculous beliefs as Catholicism, each adamant they were the one true religion. How could I have been so gullible? I have two daughters now and I joke with them that I am a true pagan, I celebrate the holidays without the belief system. The only time my kids have seen the inside of a Catholic Church was once with my Mom who secretly took them while she was babysitting. They were bored out of their skulls. I laughed at my Mom and said the worst thing she could have done is actually take them to a Mass, now they never want to go back. Who would? Its boring as hell, the bread wafer thing sticks to the roof of your mouth, they don’t use real wine anymore, and then they ask for money That is actually the only thing I remember the priest ever talking about, is how people weren’t giving enough money to the church. I just drifted away from any kind of belief in religion, but I graduated from THE Ohio State University with a degree in Psychology and stay interested in various world religions for cultural purposes. You really need to do a show on Catholicism, there is so much wackadoo history in there from crazy ass popes, burning incense, the seven sacraments, papal infallibility, Martin Luther, Vatican II, the council of cardinals, Pope Ratzinger covering up child molesters, the popes big weird hat, the papal cross and all the funky embroidery on his nightgown, etc etc. Did you know you have to kiss the Bishop’s ring when you go through confirmation? How fucked up is that? Kissing rings? Seriously, I felt like I was in the Godfather. Mormons ain’t got nothing on Catholics when it comes to crazy.

     

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