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Steve B.

Location:

Villa Park, CA

Member since:

May 2, 2012

Tell us what brought you to the world of skepticism, agnosticism or atheism?

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.

Tell us if you are and atheist, agnositc, or a believer in religion.

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.

Introduction

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.

What Steve B. is saying about this Meetup Group

Terrific organization.


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