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Who here has never held belief in God?

Benshapiro
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9/6/2015 5:04:46 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
I find it interesting that the vast majority of atheists previously believed in God. Who here has never held belief in any sort of deity - at any time in their life? Did you grow up in a family that never discussed it? Or were your parents atheists as well?

I believe that belief in God is natural and intuitive especially for right-brain thinkers. I'm also making a prediction that those who have never held faith are strong left-brain thinkers.
graceofgod
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9/6/2015 5:12:37 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 9/6/2015 5:04:46 PM, Benshapiro wrote:
I find it interesting that the vast majority of atheists previously believed in God. Who here has never held belief in any sort of deity - at any time in their life? Did you grow up in a family that never discussed it? Or were your parents atheists as well?

I believe that belief in God is natural and intuitive especially for right-brain thinkers. I'm also making a prediction that those who have never held faith are strong left-brain thinkers.

you tend to get many on this type of forum who claim to have believed and then stopped as they learnt it was all fake, you tend to find after just a few passing questions it is clear they know nothing about the faith they claimed to follow...
Skepsikyma
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9/6/2015 5:43:16 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 9/6/2015 5:04:46 PM, Benshapiro wrote:
I find it interesting that the vast majority of atheists previously believed in God. Who here has never held belief in any sort of deity - at any time in their life? Did you grow up in a family that never discussed it? Or were your parents atheists as well?

I believe that belief in God is natural and intuitive especially for right-brain thinkers. I'm also making a prediction that those who have never held faith are strong left-brain thinkers.

One line of my family is atheist going back at least four generations. Their influence has always been 'the children won't be raised with any particular view.' My mother and her mother are both from that line of thinking; my mother is a Christian, my father is a deist, and all of my siblings and myself are atheists.

I think that, as a general rule, people who 'convert' to atheism from religion are more aggrieved and irrational than ones for whom it came as a natural, uninfluenced decision.

The left-brained/right-brained stuff is also complete pseudoscience; lateralization doesn't really lead to any of the measurable outcomes often attributed to it by pop psychology.
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Skepticalone
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9/6/2015 6:34:17 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 9/6/2015 5:43:16 PM, Skepsikyma wrote:
At 9/6/2015 5:04:46 PM, Benshapiro wrote:
I find it interesting that the vast majority of atheists previously believed in God. Who here has never held belief in any sort of deity - at any time in their life? Did you grow up in a family that never discussed it? Or were your parents atheists as well?

I believe that belief in God is natural and intuitive especially for right-brain thinkers. I'm also making a prediction that those who have never held faith are strong left-brain thinkers.

One line of my family is atheist going back at least four generations. Their influence has always been 'the children won't be raised with any particular view.' My mother and her mother are both from that line of thinking; my mother is a Christian, my father is a deist, and all of my siblings and myself are atheists.

I think that, as a general rule, people who 'convert' to atheism from religion are more aggrieved and irrational than ones for whom it came as a natural, uninfluenced decision.

I would agree with this as much as I hate to say that about myself.

The left-brained/right-brained stuff is also complete pseudoscience; lateralization doesn't really lead to any of the measurable outcomes often attributed to it by pop psychology.
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9/7/2015 6:55:07 AM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 9/6/2015 6:34:17 PM, Skepticalone wrote:
At 9/6/2015 5:43:16 PM, Skepsikyma wrote:
At 9/6/2015 5:04:46 PM, Benshapiro wrote:
I find it interesting that the vast majority of atheists previously believed in God. Who here has never held belief in any sort of deity - at any time in their life? Did you grow up in a family that never discussed it? Or were your parents atheists as well?

I believe that belief in God is natural and intuitive especially for right-brain thinkers. I'm also making a prediction that those who have never held faith are strong left-brain thinkers.

One line of my family is atheist going back at least four generations. Their influence has always been 'the children won't be raised with any particular view.' My mother and her mother are both from that line of thinking; my mother is a Christian, my father is a deist, and all of my siblings and myself are atheists.

I think that, as a general rule, people who 'convert' to atheism from religion are more aggrieved and irrational than ones for whom it came as a natural, uninfluenced decision.

I would agree with this as much as I hate to say that about myself.
Haha just checked out your sig BTW.

The left-brained/right-brained stuff is also complete pseudoscience; lateralization doesn't really lead to any of the measurable outcomes often attributed to it by pop psychology.
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Burzmali
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9/7/2015 7:43:33 AM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 9/6/2015 5:04:46 PM, Benshapiro wrote:
I find it interesting that the vast majority of atheists previously believed in God. Who here has never held belief in any sort of deity - at any time in their life? Did you grow up in a family that never discussed it? Or were your parents atheists as well?

I believe that belief in God is natural and intuitive especially for right-brain thinkers. I'm also making a prediction that those who have never held faith are strong left-brain thinkers.

I've never believed in any god. The first time I was taken to a church was when I was 4, and it was because some family friends were caring for me while my parents were out of town. I have a vivid memory of sitting in the pew and thinking the guy at the front of the room was talking nonsense.

Both of my parents were raised pretty religious, but they didn't carry it on. I actually don't have much idea what my parents believe or don't believe about any gods. I wouldn't say they raised me to be an atheist, they just didn't seem to care about religion and so I didn't get exposed to it much. I consider myself lucky in that regard. A lot of times I've argued with theists who accuse me of thinking that they're stupid. That might have been true when I was a teenager, but not now. I just think they weren't as fortunate growing up as I was.