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Scott Van H.

Location:

Portland, OR

Member since:

November 24, 2011

How did you hear about the group?

I discovered this group on the CFI Meetup calendar.

What kinds of activities would you like to see this kind of group do?

Any kind of regular social events. I would like to meet other rational thinkers in the area.

What does being an atheist/agnostic/etc mean to you?

Being an atheist simply means I don't believe in any gods or superstitions or other supernatural claims. Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence, and so far I've not seen a shred of evidence for the supernatural. Since this is my one and only life, I want to live it to the fullest. I believe in friendship, generosity, compassion, education, the scientific method, and using rational thought. I care about other humans, other species, and our planet.

How long have you been a non-believer?

I was an atheist when I was born, like everyone else, until my parents indoctrinated me with fundamentalist Christianity. I was a believer, but began having minor doubts as an early teenager. Those doubts grew and grew, blossoming into some serious problems with what I'd been taught when I actually read the Bible for myself. After reading it through a second time, and discovering the horrors of the Biblical god, I began questioning the validity of that religion. When I considered some other possible religions, I realized that there was no evidence at all for any of them. When I was 21 years old, I finally accepted that fact that I was now an Atheist. I remember the exact moment. I was in the front row at church, with my friends, singing a song that goes, "And, he walks with me, and he talks with me..." It really hit me that I did not believe this Jesus fellow walked or talked with me, and I was lying by singing those words. That was my last church service ever, about 24 years ago.

Introduction

Hi all! My wife and I are both happy atheists, as are our two young adult sons. We both work for a technology company in Beaverton, me as the Network Manager, and my wife as Customer Service. We are long-time atheists and skeptics.

What Scott Van H. is saying about this Meetup Group

My wife and I had a really nice time, and found that everyone there was very friendly and open. We will definitely be back!


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