April 4, 2013
I came across the Deconverted website and decided to give it a try. I'm glad I did.
I was brought up in a Christian cult called The Worldwide Church Of God. It's founder, leader and apostle was my grandfather, Herbert W. Armstrong. My family were disfellowshipped in about 1955 because of a rift between my mother and Herbert Armstrong, her father. By the time I was in high school I was rather bitter about the family's treatment by "God's people." By college I began to read Robert G. Ingersoll and Bertrand Russel, which set me on a path to atheism. For many years I considered myself an agnostic. Only fairly recently did I call myself an atheist, realizing that atheism is not a belief in itself, but the lack of belief in deity - any deity. I'm not searching anymore. I attempt on my YouTube videos to enlighten people who want to know about the fallacies of religious dogma and the realities of science.
I have enjoyed such things as donating blood at Stanford Blood Center, and volunteering at Second Harvest.
My name is Larry Gott. I am 73 years old. I worked in the aerospace industry until I was downsized out. Now I'm retired.
I was astonished to see that I had attended more than 100 meetups since 2013. I really like the people in the group, and the lectures and events are always interesting and enjoyable. I'm looking forward to the next 100!