Converts, Wed, Jan 30 2013 #(1262)

Jan 30, 2013

Dear Convert community,

I don't consider myself a convert. More like a liberated person 25 year old.

I was raised in a Catholic environment in the mexican city of Guadalajara. However I was lucky enough that religion was never pushed hard enough on me to convince me; or maybe I was just too “boneheaded” to let it in.

I was an altar boy for a few years, and even considered enrolling in a seminar in my search for answers. But when I started to realize all the hatred the Church had for other fellow humans, like gays, researchers of the human genome, women who had abortions, or people from other religions; and realized that I actually liked a lot of those people and had no logical reason to hate them, I decided that the framework of Catholicism just wasn't right.

From then on, surrounded by catholics, I used my rationalization and what I learned in science and philosophy classes to shape my own ideas. I called myself an agnostic, for I couldn't let go of my “belief in belief” (thanks go to Dan Dennett for this wonderful term) of God. As I went through college my view became more deistic, bordering in the pantheistic.

After reading The God Delusion, I realize that all of those changes came from a desire to find a way to force my rationalizations to fit into the one my friends and family expected me to. After reading The God Delusion I feel liberated, now I have the arguments to justify to myself and to others that it is OK to not believe in the existence of God.

I never needed God to enjoy life, but now I can enjoy a life without a God, and for that I am thankful.

Marcelo

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