Matt G.

Location:

London
Hometown: London

Member since:

July 5, 2013

COMPULSORY Q (no membership if not answered): Pls describe yr position on religion/faith e.g. atheist, naturalist, 'agnostic', religious doubter, religious, OR any description that best describes you. (Not to label you, just to know group make-up)

Haven't thought of that yet, but I'm sure I will once I've been interacting on here for a while.

COMPULSORY Q: Why do you want to join? (if faith/religion bothers you, what aspects in particular? (Helps us tailor activities to your concerns (within our remit of "peacefully promote reason/atheism")). Pls write as much or as little as you like.

How it stops otherwise intelligent, rational people from exploring their reality beyond a very narrow framework. How it shamelessly claims that it is the divine word yet relies on interpretation to justify its continued existence. How it contradicts itself and actively encourages those contradictions as "virtues". Once logic is thrown out the window and the interpretations presented by fallible men become accepted by masses to whom gullibility is desirable then atrocities occur. Other than that, religion is great, it enables us - much as the greek myths do - to learn about historical societies and thus understand our development as a species.

Where did you hear about us?

I realised that I've been looking for a community for a while without really looking, so I actively started searching and google popped you out.

(You're welcome as a social or even a silent member, & there's absolutely no pressure - but would you want to be involved (at some stage) in actively challenging faith in any way? Petitions, leafleting etc, or something else?

Sure

If so, what kind of issues are most emotive for you? What kind of activism do you prefer - humourous/cheeky or more direct? Any other ideas you'd like to share at the moment?

I loathe the power religion has to corrupt the capacity for reason amongst its adherents. To me, that is the most dangerous aspect of the god-fearing and the hardest thing to change about an indoctrinated child. I don't think that the angry retoric and trolling I see on many atheist web resources can ever be effective in bringing people to understand the premise behind rationality and reason. I'm more of a calm debate type of guy although once I've had a few pints I can become quite passionate.

Introduction

Hey, I'm Matt. I grew up in religious SA to (fortunately) rational parents who encouraged open-mindedness. I slid down the theist scale as my peer groups changed and my learning increased until I realised that there was no scale.


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