Converts, Wed, Jan 30 2013 #(767)

Jan 30, 2013

Hi I'm Jeff and I'm a flat out Atheist. I do like the name because it gives me a bit of identity. I was once upon a time catholic but i had always seen it as a bit of a chore and a reason to wake up early on a week-end. Didn't love the complete lack of privacy either. I did have a communion but that's about it. When my parents divorced my mother was practically excommunicated and i went with her so i never took it seriously. I did start going to Sunday school at the urging of my father but it wasn't taken seriously by anyone including the teacher. Eventually i stopped going altogether. And for a while i just put it out of my mind. It didn't help the papal cause when most of my years at catholic school i was bullied by other kids. When i started seeing the church portrayed in a good light like on the Simpsons and in gangs of new york and Rudy i started doing things for lent and attending mass. I'll tell you the first minute i stepped into that place every bad memory i ever had came rushing back. And by this time i had done a bit of research and found out that the bible was about as accurate as Grimm's fairy tales. So one day I'm sitting in a bookstore and i buy a copy of the God Delusion. I bought it mostly for finding out what the fuss was all about. I had heard the conjoining propaganda, Hitler was an Atheist vs pedophile priests. But until i read that book i had never thought there was any real way of existing without god. Around the fourth chapter when i realized the universe is too big for it to have been created by any one person or thing that was it the deity's hold was gone. I read an outline of existentialist philosophy and that gave me a million times more satisfaction than anything i had ever heard in church. My father gave me Francis Collins' book and CS Lewis' Mere Christianity to try and turn me back. I read a few pages and then decided to return them and get Christopher Hitchens' God Is Not Great. They were Bullshit.

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