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janesix
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10/18/2016 10:10:36 PM
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How many atheists here have always been an atheist?

Were you raised in an atheist environment?

Were you raised in a religious environmment, but just never belived?
Canuck
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10/18/2016 10:27:59 PM
Posted: 1 month ago
At 10/18/2016 10:10:36 PM, janesix wrote:
How many atheists here have always been an atheist?

Were you raised in an atheist environment?

Were you raised in a religious environmment, but just never belived?

My parents were religious, but we never really talked about it and they never forced any beliefs on me. So by default I assumed god existed. That slowly faded as I learned more about religious beliefs and became agnostic. It was in my early 20's when I truly realized that I didn't believe in god at all.
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10/18/2016 10:38:35 PM
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At 10/18/2016 10:27:59 PM, Canuck wrote:
At 10/18/2016 10:10:36 PM, janesix wrote:
How many atheists here have always been an atheist?

Were you raised in an atheist environment?

Were you raised in a religious environmment, but just never belived?

My parents were religious, but we never really talked about it and they never forced any beliefs on me. So by default I assumed god existed. That slowly faded as I learned more about religious beliefs and became agnostic. It was in my early 20's when I truly realized that I didn't believe in god at all.
What made you realize that? How did it make you feel?
Stymie13
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10/18/2016 10:45:39 PM
Posted: 1 month ago
At 10/18/2016 10:38:35 PM, janesix wrote:
At 10/18/2016 10:27:59 PM, Canuck wrote:
At 10/18/2016 10:10:36 PM, janesix wrote:
How many atheists here have always been an atheist?

Were you raised in an atheist environment?

Were you raised in a religious environmment, but just never belived?

My parents were religious, but we never really talked about it and they never forced any beliefs on me. So by default I assumed god existed. That slowly faded as I learned more about religious beliefs and became agnostic. It was in my early 20's when I truly realized that I didn't believe in god at all.
What made you realize that? How did it make you feel?

Many believe one is born atheist.

Others get, disillusioned may be to strong, but their questions aren't answered and return to a default. Equifinality... many paths
Canuck
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10/18/2016 10:51:09 PM
Posted: 1 month ago
At 10/18/2016 10:38:35 PM, janesix wrote:
At 10/18/2016 10:27:59 PM, Canuck wrote:
At 10/18/2016 10:10:36 PM, janesix wrote:
How many atheists here have always been an atheist?

Were you raised in an atheist environment?

Were you raised in a religious environmment, but just never belived?

My parents were religious, but we never really talked about it and they never forced any beliefs on me. So by default I assumed god existed. That slowly faded as I learned more about religious beliefs and became agnostic. It was in my early 20's when I truly realized that I didn't believe in god at all.
What made you realize that? How did it make you feel?

It was more of a gradual understanding rather than any specific moment. And it was pretty anticlimactic, since religion never had any significant impact on or meaning in my life. Probably not unlike the fact that I don't recall any specific moment when I stopped believing in Santa Claus, the tooth fairy, or the easter bunny (although I think the world would be a better place if they were real!). So overall I was pretty indifferent to the realization.
Skepticalone
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10/18/2016 10:56:53 PM
Posted: 1 month ago
At 10/18/2016 10:10:36 PM, janesix wrote:
How many atheists here have always been an atheist?

Were you raised in an atheist environment?

Were you raised in a religious environmment, but just never belived?

I was raised religious and was religious until 35 years of age.
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10/18/2016 11:00:54 PM
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At 10/18/2016 10:56:53 PM, Skepticalone wrote:
At 10/18/2016 10:10:36 PM, janesix wrote:
How many atheists here have always been an atheist?

Were you raised in an atheist environment?

Were you raised in a religious environmment, but just never belived?

I was raised religious and was religious until 35 years of age.

What made you change your mind?
Skepticalone
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10/18/2016 11:26:06 PM
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At 10/18/2016 11:00:54 PM, janesix wrote:
At 10/18/2016 10:56:53 PM, Skepticalone wrote:
At 10/18/2016 10:10:36 PM, janesix wrote:
How many atheists here have always been an atheist?

Were you raised in an atheist environment?

Were you raised in a religious environmment, but just never belived?

I was raised religious and was religious until 35 years of age.

What made you change your mind?

It was a combination of things that accumulated over a period of time. I guess somewhere in the back of my mind I had made a log and eventually realized these things and the god I thought existed cannot both be. It was how nature contradicted my concept of god, church leaders making bad decisions (clearly not according to the "will of god"), and a whole bunch of other smaller things I'm not sure I can even remember now.
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Graincruncher
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10/19/2016 1:59:26 AM
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At 10/18/2016 10:10:36 PM, janesix wrote:
How many atheists here have always been an atheist?

I think I have been. I have certainly never actively believed or had faith. I was very young when I realised I didn't believe. It wasn't a moment I can identify and was in no way significant for me, but some point before the age of 10 I remember being aware of it.


Were you raised in an atheist environment?

Nope. My dad is agnostic but I only learned that much later. My mum and her family were quite religious, although not in the scary American sense.


Were you raised in a religious environmment, but just never belived?

Pretty much. I realised over time that religious words and actions didn't mean to me what they did to 'true believers' around me. I saw them as just stories about what we don't know. I actually believed in Father Christmas longer than I ever did in god. Even then, it was more childhood credulity towards what people I trusted told me.
Chaosism
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10/19/2016 1:01:33 PM
Posted: 1 month ago
At 10/18/2016 10:10:36 PM, janesix wrote:
How many atheists here have always been an atheist?

I'm one.

Were you raised in an atheist environment?

My environment was mostly irreligious; it was just not a topic that ever came up.

Were you raised in a religious environmment, but just never belived?

As above, but there were religious members of my family, including my grandmother, who was close. Even if my environment was heavily religious, I'm pretty confident that I'd have remained irreligious, or became so.