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None of the above. My transition from theist to atheist happened when the Internet was just a gleam in ARPANET's eye. I had not yet experienced even a BBS, and the closest things I had to a computer were my TI calculator, Merlin game, and Atari 2600.
Why Won't God Heal Amputees? / Re: I don't really get the question...
« Last post by Nam on Yesterday at 10:57:43 PM »
So to that end, does God give Christians proof for the non-believers?  He does when your lifetime drug addict friend suddenly (unexplainably) becomes a Christian and cleans up their act.

Thank you for a stupid analogy. I've been waiting quite awhile for one. It's basically saying, "One has no strength of their own so Jesus[1] has to be the answer!" The problem with such logic is it can be applied to anything and one can remove "Jesus" from the equation and insert...say...Mohammad or Buddha or Vishnu or Harry Potter. As in the note: it's a crutch. And not an effective one.

it's like saying, "The criminal was sent to prison, and there s/he found God." -- did they? Did they really?


 1. famously also known as a "crutch"
Science / Re: Ancient Jawbone Found
« Last post by Nam on Yesterday at 10:45:37 PM »
I just hope they were not doing homo marriages back then. (sorry ... hard to pass up).

No gay marriages but plenty of gay civil unions.

General Religious Discussion / Re: Why not produce God and end the debate?
« Last post by Add Homonym on Yesterday at 10:44:19 PM »
when God stepped back and decided to let us have the universe, without his presence known.

That means that Christianity is fake, along with Islam.
None of the above. The internet had nothing to do with anything concerning my beliefs and/or nonbeliefs.

Had the Internet existed in 1961, I'm sure it would have helped with the transition. It didn't.

I managed without it for 30+ years, but now that the internet is ubiquitous, I enjoy finding people with similar attitudes. Something rare in my life otherwise. Or at least it used to be. I know more atheists IRL now that ever before. But we don't talk about it much, so here I am.

General Religious Discussion / Re: Can an atheist believe in the supernatural?
« Last post by Nam on Yesterday at 10:39:02 PM »

You misspelled "Psychic".


General Religious Discussion / Re: Human Rights.
« Last post by none on Yesterday at 10:18:15 PM »
Yes, the money is for the child, but if a woman can say she isn't financially or emotionally ready to be a parent then decide to not be a mother via abortion or adoption or what have you, based on equal protection under the law, men ought have the same right.
men should be able to terminate a pregnancy they contributed to?
I grew out of fairy tales years ago.

I tried to discover a god through any scientific explanation. Didn't find sh!t. God's gone.
I was a cafeteria Christian for about 15 years, picking what I liked from my church's rather fundie doctrine. But studying the Bible in detail showed me its inconsistency, and doubts soon multiplied: if the supposed scriptural foundation was contradictory and mostly at odds with my humanistic values, why be a Christian at all? And no other theistic tradition seemed any more appealing or had any more evidence for it, so agnosticism soon led to atheism.

This process took place just before the internet and other new social media really became part of my life. My transition to atheism was pretty far along when I found this site. I wasn't quite ready to let go of my former identification as a Christian, but it was a done deal. That said, the resources and community I found here and elsewhere definitely helped that transition.
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