May 2, 2012
I was raised as a half a**ed Catholic. - Mom and us kids went to church on sundays, Dad didn't, even though it was a mortal sin, except on Easter and Christmas. As an adolescent I enjoyed the music of Bach, Handel and other baroque composers. During a period of depression I appealed for help from God. I had a "vision" of angels and cherubs etc. that was straight out of the album covers of the baroque imagery. This was as vivid as a dream but I was awake. I thought this was a total crock of dung. I came to believe that this imagery came from my own mind and not from some devine power. Why else would the devine copy album covers? I extrapolated that to think what if other religious beliefs are based on elements of the minds of the proponents and not from some devine word? I then abandoned my imaginary friend at that time, who, by the way, didn't help me with my problems, and haven't looked back.
I personally don't make a distinction between atheist and agnostic. I always thought the distinction was: When asked "Do you believe in God?" the atheist says no and the agnostic says I don't know. Since I can not disprove God any more than the government can disprove that they have alien bodies in area 51, I don't feel I can say "no" to the unprovable. I think we're either atheist or believers in God. Put me in with the atheists.
Hello all, I'm been a resident of Orange County since 1984. Am newly semi-retired. I'm a long term atheist ( doesn't this word violate the " i before e except after c " rule? ) but more open about it recently. Want to meet other free thinkers.