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August 22nd, 2006, 03:14 PM
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how many here had atheist or agnostic parents?

My mom is agnostic but I didn't even know it until I was in 4th grade when I told her I didn't believe in god. hah. My Grandma lived with us and she's presbeterian (sp? o_O lol...)

I grew up and of course I saw the animated bible story things and every now and then I'd get dragged to church for some special occation. Gram went to church every sunday on her own, and there was never any fuss made.

I think most kids to decide that they don't believe in god do it during their teens, but I knew by age 9. It just didn't make any sense to me. They were stories to teach morals and that was great and all, but they weren't real. At times I thought it was silly that anyone actually thought that they were real. People who believed what the bible said word-for-word actually scared me o_O I thought 'how can you be so blindly stupid? I mean... you don't actually think those stories were REAL do you?' lol...

When I finally admitted it to my mom that I just didn't believe in God (at the time I meant the christian god because I just didn't know about any other religions at age 9) she was just like 'oh.. that's fine.' lol. I was like I honestly expected it to be a bigger deal. As I got older and we actually talked about it a few times she explained to me what Agnostic was.

I actually wish she'd told me as I was growing up.
I guess she didn't want to impose any of her non-beliefs on me - lol. But honestly I think it would have been a lot easier if I'd grown up knowing more about religions and the various religious belief systems out there.

I've never actually read the bible - lol. My DH pokes me about that. How very little I actually know about the details of the christian stories, etc. He went to a private 7th Day Adventist church school till he was in middle school. He knows all of the details and stories, etc. but doesn't actively follow anything. We rarely ever talk religion. It's just not a part of our lives together, so it never comes up. The last time it DID come up, he said that he believes that god is math. (he's a very techy guy - lol)

In highschool I was friends with a bunch of Pagans (cuz wicca is just so cool to a teenager - hehe) and I went with them to all sorts of things and a 'coven' meeting (a bunch of 15-year old girls) once, but I just did it for fun - it was a fun thing to do with friends, but the idea of MANY gods was just as silly to me as the idea of one god.

Oh - hah, and I had SO many people in highschool crack jokes on my name. (My name REALLY is Athey). I'd meet some new person and be like "I'm Athey" and they'd go 'Oh - so are you an Athiest?' and laugh. I'm like "ha ha - I've never heard that one before" - lol......

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August 23rd, 2006, 12:14 AM
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Hi Athey,

Interesting story. Welcome to the group!

Your little girl is very cute. Oh, and I'm going to think of you as Athey the Atheist now, since you put that in my head. LOL

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August 23rd, 2006, 01:25 PM
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My mom was a Christain, but when I started questioning the idea of God, we had lot of discussions about it and I think I made her question her beliefs. When she died, she said she didn't believe in God the way most people think of God. She was no longer a Christian. Still, she believed in some higher power.

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August 23rd, 2006, 09:40 PM
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My dad was raised catholic and my mom southern baptist. So I am a ###### child (catholics can't marry 'other kinds') anyhoo. My dad was not a huge fan of the nuns that made him scrub the floors and rapped his knuckles with rulers every time he misbehaved (which was often) so he pretty much rejected religion after high school. My mom still attended church and brought me until I was about 11. Then I saw how gossipy and nasty some of the church ladies were being and I thought church was just a place to socialize and these people were not actually taking the "teachings" to heart. I pretty much gave up on religion at that point ...this was also when my scientific apetite kicked in and I started to rely more on science for my questions. My mom is still sad I am not at all religious, but I think she has gotten over it for the most part. She doesn't try to push it on me anymore.

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August 24th, 2006, 07:32 AM
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We are the only atheists on either side of the family. I think it has something to do with the fact that we escaped central and south america and they are all still there (well, most of them). It's hard to be atheist in that environment.
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