Atheist Interview

 

 

We have a member who is currently in need of people willing to tell their secular story on film. Chase Nelson is a student at the Colorado Film School and is making a film about being an atheist in the United States. He would like to interview atheists about their experiences on film. Here is a list of questions Chase would like to ask:

Why are you an atheist?
When did you “become an atheist?” (If previously religious: What/who influenced you? What was the transition like? How is life as an atheist different from life before?)
Where do you get your morals, if not from God?
What purpose does life have without God?
Why do atheists have meetings?
Why (in your opinion) are more US citizens dropping their religions?
What could the rise of atheism mean for our nationʼs future?

 

So we have set a date for the interviews: Saturday 5/11 at noon. I will be arriving early to help set up. Chase has asked that if anyone has any film equipment experience to help as well. If this date does not work don't worry we are hoping to be able to have multiple days of filming. Thank you!!

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  • Ralph P.

    Something came up last minute so I couldn't attend. I'd like to see Chase follow up with questions to believers of all stripes to have them express what they believe and how they came to believe and what doubts they have. I think he'd find that even expressed believers aren't as firm in their beliefs as we all assume.

    May 12, 2013

    • JEB

      If we look at the way believers of all stripes pick and choose stories from scripture that match their innate moral sense and values, it should be obvious that religion has little to do with the goodness they want to see in the world. Most also do not realize how many different gods are to be found in Abrahamic traditions.

      May 13, 2013

  • JEB

    I do wish I had addressed the hypocrisy of the RCC in particular, claiming celibacy and chastity, while practicing and covering up criminal sexual exploitation of children and vulnerable adults. I decided a long time ago that if they will lie about those things, it is more than a possibility that they are lying about other things. One of my favorite truths is that "Children are afraid of the dark, but the church is afraid of the light." That is precisely why they invest millions and billions in fighting legislative reform that would hold them accountable in both civil and criminal courts. FYI, I am the Denver Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, an international network of some 18,000 members providing support to victims of sexual assault and abuse by religious leaders and advocating for legislative reform wordwide. www.snapnetwork.org

    May 13, 2013

  • JEB

    This was a positive experience in sharing a liberated worldview. Chase asked thought-provoking questions that I hope make anyone viewing his documentary think more deeply about what they really believe. Perhaps it will also encourage more non-diests and non-dualists to speak up, "come out of the closet," as it were!

    May 12, 2013

  • Joe H

    Can't make the time today.

    May 11, 2013

  • dennis c.

    Just remembered that I had volunteered for a club function Saturday. Another day would be good.

    May 10, 2013

  • dennis c.

    Are we all supposed to come - somewhere - at noon on Saturday 5/11? And where? The Secular Hub place? You can answer me at my personal email address [masked]

    May 10, 2013

  • Linda R.

    Coming a bit late. Hope we get to hear the interviews.

    May 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Wish I could make it, but I have another commitment and wouldn't make it in time from Colorado Springs. Was hoping it was an evening event or on a Sunday. Have fun!

    May 10, 2013

  • Alex

    Do we just show up at noon then?

    May 9, 2013

    • Ruth M.

      Yep. I'll be at the building by 11 to help Chase set up but we will want to start at noon.

      May 9, 2013

    • Alex

      Sounds good. Thanks!

      May 10, 2013

  • Heili L.

    Last minute houseguests, can't make it down tomorrow, please let me know about next time.

    May 10, 2013

  • Jessica O.

    Sorry cany make that date or time. If the film student is interested in a comment i would be happy to do so. Thanks

    May 9, 2013

  • JEB

    I do plan to be there as a former dualist.

    May 9, 2013

  • Karl K.

    Bummer, that was pretty short notice, and I am committed for that date and time.

    May 9, 2013

  • Rebecca R.

    I just saw the time. I can't come at this time. I would be interested in a later date if you do a second time.

    May 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry, can't make this. Have fun!

    May 9, 2013

  • Ruth M.

    So we have set a date for the interviews: Saturday 5/11 at noon. I will be arriving early to help set up. Chase has asked that if anyone has any film equipment experience to help as well. If this date does not work don't worry we are hoping to be able to have multiple days of filming. Thank you!!

    May 9, 2013

  • Nicolas

    I'm atheist but i'm also French... not sure the film-maker would be interested in a European perspective...?

    May 6, 2013

    • Albert

      I would love to hear your perspective on american christianity

      May 8, 2013

    • Mark

      It's not just the comfort of being atheist, it is also the comfort of being theist. "High school" for me was in the 80's, rather than avoid religion we celebrated any and all festivals equally. Diwali, Ramadan, Eid, Christmas, Hanukkah it didn't matter. "Atheist" was not a common term, it was the just the default. We often discussed inter-racial, inter-religion, inter-political marriage/crime/respect it would be ridiculous not to acknowledge it. I remember visiting the religious buildings of all of the main religions - you can revel in your own identity without denying anyone else theirs.

      May 8, 2013

  • Ed

    It would depend upon the date. This raises another topic for discussion (possibly at a Eudaimonia): The benefits and pitfalls of "coming out" publicly as an atheist.

    May 7, 2013

  • Chase N.

    Thank you all for the support. I look forward to meeting everyone and hearing your stories.

    May 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Born and raised Atheist so I'd love to participate with my experience!

    May 7, 2013

  • Ralph P.

    I'll participate. I think it's a great idea.

    May 6, 2013

  • Alex

    I am not an "out" Atheist, but I would love to be a part of this! I have much to say, and no one really to express to.

    1 · May 6, 2013

  • Bob H.

    Think I have an interesting story and I'm willing if the time is doable.

    May 6, 2013

  • Philip P.

    Would love to help!

    May 6, 2013

  • Scot S.

    More than happy to contibute if needed, and depending on the date/time. Sounds like a worthy project.

    May 6, 2013

  • Gunda

    Good project! Personal stories are very powerful. This may help clear up some misconceptions that theists have about non-believers. Dispelling these myths is one of the most important things that we can do!

    May 6, 2013

  • Tyler S.

    I'm happy to contribute if needed. Just let me know the date and time.

    May 6, 2013

  • Richard H.

    I am willing to be interviewed, if the author is interested.

    May 6, 2013

  • Jim B.

    There's nothing I like more than talking about myself! Just let me know where and when!

    May 6, 2013

  • Heili L.

    Sure, I would like to do an interview, just let me know where and when.

    May 6, 2013

  • Karl K.

    I am much better looking on audio than on video, but I think I might be able to contribute to this film.

    1 · May 6, 2013

  • John W.

    yes, this would be most excellent!

    May 6, 2013

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