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    How old were you when you became an atheist?

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    I was in my early teens when I finally stopped believing in anything, although I wasn't exactly devout beforehand. Funnily enough it was the RE lessons which finally put me in the 'non-believer' column.

    So when did you come out of the 'closet'?

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    Sith is the only true religion.

    In the last few days...lol

    did you sit there when you was 14 and think right i am not going to believe, and that was that or was it a progressive thing, Personally i have never really believed.

    when some nonk jehova's witness woman told me on my door step that my old man dieing of cancer was all part of Gods plan ... i think i heard her nose break as the door hit her in the face .. didn't open to check

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    I was converted after reading your opening post op

    I would say by 10, I had too many questions about it that couldn't be logically answered

    I was probably 13 when I was definitely sure there was no Santa, read into that what you will .......

    sancho1983

    I would say by 10, I had too many questions about it that couldn't be … I would say by 10, I had too many questions about it that couldn't be logically answeredI was probably 13 when I was definitely sure there was no Santa, read into that what you will .......



    There is no Santa?

    sancho1983

    I would say by 10, I had too many questions about it that couldn't be … I would say by 10, I had too many questions about it that couldn't be logically answeredI was probably 13 when I was definitely sure there was no Santa, read into that what you will .......



    i think i hate you now !!!

    When I had my 1st wash from the midwife

    Hey I could be wrong

    There may be a 'god'.......

    I'd need proof, personal proof, to believe properly

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    Toasthduk

    did you sit there when you was 14 and think right i am not going to … did you sit there when you was 14 and think right i am not going to believe, and that was that or was it a progressive thing, Personally i have never really believed.



    It was a progressive thing. But when you get a lesson where you're sat down and told about each religion and how the followers of each religion are equally certain that their's is the right one, you start to realise there's something fishy going on.

    have been all my life really, borught up with very liberal parents and much the better for it, wouldsimply be dilusional to be otherwise, my sister was briefly religious

    i mean i dont wanna get started on the whole religion thing but some of the **** is just riddiulous, noahs ark and all that crap, the miracle of the herring lol, religious morons will grasp at anything

    its very desperate




    sancho1983

    I would say by 10, I had too many questions about it that couldn't be … I would say by 10, I had too many questions about it that couldn't be logically answeredI was probably 13 when I was definitely sure there was no Santa, read into that what you will .......




    wadda ya mean there's no santa , sob sob

    sancho1983

    Hey I could be wrongThere may be a 'god'.......



    would rather there be a Santa tbh !

    About 10 years ago, my Dad's a C of E priest and despairs of me as I've become quite a vociferous athiest.

    The main problem is that whatever you argue, why cancer?, why war? etc. the good old "God gave us free will" answers given, like a get out of jail free card!

    Early teens was probably when I realised there probably was no God. Late teens before I could explain fully why I didn't believe.

    When I heard that Noah's Ark story.

    Late primary school and early secondary school, similarly it was RE lessons combined with increasing science knowledge that were the finishing factors.

    John

    jiminym

    About 10 years ago, my Dad's a C of E priest and despairs of me as I've … About 10 years ago, my Dad's a C of E priest and despairs of me as I've become quite a vociferous athiest.The main problem is that whatever you argue, why cancer?, why war? etc. the good old "God gave us free will" answers given, like a get out of jail free card!



    How I see it, "Mother Nature" needs ways of removing a % of animals in the world regardless of health or age, so it creates Cancers, diseases etc, or the weakness in Humans to create wars, and it helps the problem of population crowding etc. Now it doesn't really work as we are near 7 billion strong, but it does help, even if it's a small percentage. I'm sure when the world becomes very very populated some nutter will make a World War, or a Chemical attack or maybe we'll have a Natural disaster which will remove a large percentage of Humans, it's a vicious cycle, and it's the coding that makes these thing happen.

    If we were all rich, and all immune from illness, and all lived forever, with all possibilities of murder and disasters removed from life. This planet would of been totally **** over a long time ago.

    The world is code, inventions are Humans finding new code, and this is how the world runs. I don't believe in God, but I'm not a supporter of the whole "Science made the World", we are just animals in one planet, we know nothing, we have no idea what the Universe or w/e is capable of doing, even if we think we might do.
    Edited by: "Wotwot123" 21st Apr 2011

    I believed in god after watching the life of Brian.

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    Wotwot123

    How I see it, "Mother Nature" needs ways of removing a % of animals in … How I see it, "Mother Nature" needs ways of removing a % of animals in the world regardless of health or age, so it creates Cancers, diseases etc, or the weakness in Humans to create wars, and it helps the problem of population crowding etc. Now it doesn't really work as we are near 7 billion strong, but it does help, even if it's a small percentage. I'm sure when the world becomes very very populated some nutter will make a World War, or a Chemical attack or maybe we'll have a Natural disaster which will remove a large percentage of Humans, it's a vicious cycle, and it's the coding that makes these thing happen.If we were all rich, and all immune from illness, and all lived forever, with all possibilities of murder and disasters removed from life. This planet would of been totally **** over a long time ago.The world is code, inventions are Humans finding new code, and this is how the world runs. I don't believe in God, but I'm not a supporter of the whole "Science made the World", we are just animals in one planet, we know nothing, we have no idea what the Universe or w/e is capable of doing, even if we think we might do.



    Yawn.

    Op: nice thread, made me think, I was christened but never went to church etc. I'd say early teens I started to realise it was a load of crap, and then mid teens when I decided it definitely was crap.

    Looks like I'm the only Christian on HUKD then...

    http://the-american-catholic.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/atheism.jpg

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    CollateralDamage



    Makes more sense than any religion, and that's before you pull apart the science.

    So thanks for backing me uo

    tomwatts

    Looks like I'm the only Christian on HUKD then...



    There will be some more (not just christian) as life will lead them that way no matter how much they dislike the notion atm, and then they won't be coming on here that much anyway.

    edit- I should add that I'm not there but I don't discount the fact that I will never be a believer (many have tried , including my mum). My point of view is I don't dislike religion and find religious people to be 'nice' people on the whole.

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    Bertrand Russell:

    "Many orthodox people speak as though it were the business of sceptics to disprove received dogmas rather than of dogmatists to prove them. This is, of course, a mistake. If I were to suggest that between the Earth and Mars there is a china teapot revolving about the sun in an elliptical orbit, nobody would be able to disprove my assertion provided I were careful to add that the teapot is too small to be revealed even by our most powerful telescopes. But if I were to go on to say that, since my assertion cannot be disproved, it is intolerable presumption on the part of human reason to doubt it, I should rightly be thought to be talking nonsense. If, however, the existence of such a teapot were affirmed in ancient books, taught as the sacred truth every Sunday, and instilled into the minds of children at school, hesitation to believe in its existence would become a mark of eccentricity and entitle the doubter to the attentions of the psychiatrist in an enlightened age or of the Inquisitor in an earlier time."

    or

    Life of Brian:

    "Follow the Gourd, no follow the shoe"

    creationist or evolutionist

    only one way to solve this ..............

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    there is no evidence either way, so how can you believe in religion?
    Paul Daniels does better tricks and Lee Child writes better books. I'm not going to pray to either of those two !
    Having said that, if believing gives someone comfort in a time of need, who am I to say otherwise

    CollateralDamage


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    Bunking off Sunday school with my sister and spending the collection money on sweets probably sealed the deal for me.

    Age 50. Agnostic for about 20 yrs before that.

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    I was 27 when I saw the light.

    Mencken helped:

    "We must respect the other fellow's religion, but only in the sense and to the extent that we respect his theory that his wife is beautiful and his children smart."

    Joey Bloggsy

    There will be some more (not just christian) as life will lead them that … There will be some more (not just christian) as life will lead them that way no matter how much they dislike the notion atm, and then they won't be coming on here that much anyway.edit- I should add that I'm not there but I don't discount the fact that I will never be a believer (many have tried , including my mum). My point of view is I don't dislike religion and find religious people to be 'nice' people on the whole.




    What has NICE got to do with religion. Just like any walk of life there are nice, and not so nice people. I used to always call myself Christian...it infers niceness. Sadly if you follow that argument, atheists are seen as untrustworthy, even evil (bible belt USA).

    In hindsight, I know know that some of the most evil people I ever knew, were religious (in my case Catholic) but I am sure this could also apply to many other religions

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    CollateralDamage



    The idea that something 'magically' happened is actually religion.

    Also, whilst you might think you aren't an atheist, chances are you're 99% of the way there.

    Whilst atheists don't believe in any gods, you don't believe in all but 1 (in all likelihood). Why not go the whole hog and give up that fairytale too?

    Some people cannot live without an instruction manual provided by a super being.

    FilthAndFurry

    The idea that something 'magically' happened is actually religion. Also, … The idea that something 'magically' happened is actually religion. Also, whilst you might think you aren't an atheist, chances are you're 99% of the way there.Whilst atheists don't believe in any gods, you don't believe in all but 1 (in all likelihood). Why not go the whole hog and give up that fairytale too?


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    tonyg1962

    Some people cannot live without an instruction manual provided by a super … Some people cannot live without an instruction manual provided by a super being.



    The thing is that most of the sensible stuff in the Bible is just common sense and decency. You don't need religion to be a good person.

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    FilthAndFurry

    The thing is that most of the sensible stuff in the Bible is just common … The thing is that most of the sensible stuff in the Bible is just common sense and decency. You don't need religion to be a good person.



    And you don't need to be a good person to believe in religion.

    iglimpse

    What has NICE got to do with religion. Just like any walk of life there … What has NICE got to do with religion. Just like any walk of life there are nice, and not so nice people. I used to always call myself Christian...it infers niceness. Sadly if you follow that argument, atheists are seen as untrustworthy, even evil (bible belt USA).In hindsight, I know know that some of the most evil people I ever knew, were religious (in my case Catholic) but I am sure this could also apply to many other religions



    I agree but then we delve into a person who is evil but uses the religion to hide behind, is he truly religous or dillusional.
    I would still argue the fact that on the whole religous ppl are more likely to try and be helpful and kinder than non believers (not necessarily sucessful) . This is not to say that non believers don't help , infact they probably have more sucess at it than the believers when they do..




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