Steve M

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Denver, CO

Member since:

May 15, 2006

What factors influenced you to emerge as a non-believer in a believing society?

I got into a heated argument with my pastor about the silliness of predestination in confirmation class when I was 13 or 14. I was especially convinced that each individual could "check out" at any point and that under the Presbyterian belief system that suicide was a perfectly acceptable way to move to the next life. By the time my pastor committed suicide (he was facing child molesting charges) a few years later, I was an "agnostic" insisting that the existence of a god could not be proven. By the time I was in my 20's, I was a full blown atheist. I've always reveled at the idea of being different and being an atheist in a predominately religious society filled the bill nicely. Besides, my discovery of atheist writers and the concept of logic all contributed to what is now so ingrained that I rarely talk about it (although I do have an atheist fish - a big red "A" on the back of my car...

What do you hope to get out of this group?

I hope to meet people and to hear their stories. So far, I've met some great people at meetups and I hope that continues.

What do you feel you can offer the group?

Well, I'm reasonably creative, and I'm a photographer - someday I'd like to do a project...

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