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"I have told myself a hundred times that I would be happy if I was as stupid as my neighbors and yet I would want no part of such a happiness." Voltaire, Story of the Good Brahman

My Beliefs

I believe ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator I believe that what I have is ironically labeled as "non-belief." 1 person liked this
My most powerful moment of belief was ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator When I was around five or so, and we were burying my dog. I asked my father if pets went to heaven, and he assured me that they did.
My greatest moment of doubt was ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator When I read the complete bible for the first time, and wondered how a loving god-father could make me inescapably inferior as a female, while also drowning millions of people and sanctifying murder in his own name. This was the benevolent being they wanted me to worship? 1 person liked this
The biggest misconception about my faith/belief system is ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator That it takes trauma to embrace atheism. There was no shocking tragedy to wrest me to my senses. It was knowledge that dispelled my need for faith. It was knowledge that dispelled my want for faith. 1 person liked this
The tenet/practice/teaching I appreciate most about my faith is ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator There are none. We non-believers are as politically/morally/occupationally diverse as snowflakes. Plus, I get to sleep in on Sundays. 1 person liked this

My Faith History

As a child I believed ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator I was raised Orthodox Christian, and scared as all hell of...well, going to hell.
My spiritual journey has been ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Amazing. I don't regret my years as a theist. I think it represents the growth ahead of me. I have committed my life to learning and truth, and if that means harsh revelations at every turn, I am certainly looking forward to it.
Are your beliefs or practices different from your parents? If so, how and why? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator DEFINITELY. My mother is blindly faithful, while my father is relentlessly proselytizing. I am rather outspoken about my skepticism, which can lead to some very tense mealtimes around the holidays.

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Published October 11, 2010

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