Leah

Location:

Atlanta, GA

Member since:

January 17, 2013

Are you questioning your religion? If so, tell us about your struggle. If you have been a nonbeliever for a while, how long has it been? How did you arrive at your nonbelief?

I consider myself to be a "born again freethinker." I was raised in a secular home and was a pretty outspoken atheist as a teenager, even though I wasn't raised to be explicitly anti-religious. I never had the "traditional black church" experience, and I'd probably freak out if I had to go to one. However, I was always interested in studying religion from an intellectual standpoint. This searching caused me to decide to convert to Catholicism in 2005. I was quite devout for a time, but as usual, I kept asking questions and found that they weren't being answered. I tried a bunch of other denominations, obsessively searching for the "True Church" and becoming very anxious about the issue. Last year, I eventually came to terms with the fact that there was no "True Church" and I was just making myself sick for no reason. I think I was a freethinker even when I was religious, because I was always asking questions and wanting to find out the truth for myself. That is my real identity.

Are you interested in connecting with others offline?

Yes

Are you willing to contribute when you can through reasonable dues & freewill donations to help cover Meetup fees and other group costs?

I'll try (I'm "in between jobs" at the moment).

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