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Indigo L.

Location:

Springfield, IL

Member since:

July 21, 2012

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How long have you been conscious that you no longer believe in gods? Has the realization altered things in your life?

I think I always really knew! When I went to church, everything everyone said sounded like a bunch of fairy tales to me, and I didn't think it was fair that they said people of other faiths got punished. I never really believed in anything that was said, and I don't think it took that long to realize. As for changing my life, my parents always tried to support my decisions, and as agnostics themselves didn't mind too much when I confirmed I was an atheist. All in all, I've been very lucky to live where I am, but the treatment of atheists and freethinkers in the media still makes me feel uncomfortable about myself, especially at school, where most of the other kids are religious (and I can't relate to them well anyway).

What led you to abandon your faith in the prevailing mythologies of the culture? Was it a sudden realization? Triggered by an event? Or did you just gradually evolve to this position without realizing it until it was done?

Like I said, it's always felt obvious to me. As a littler kid, I was big into ancient civilizations, dinosaurs, space, and the human body. Maybe the ancient cultures and dinosaurs did it for me. I always believed in evolution, and I didn't like that many branches of Christianity said that life was created by a God. I thought the evidence said otherwise and I still do, especially the dinosaur part. Even a girl in my honors lit class last year thought they weren't real, which shocked me. As I've been reading about quantum physics, string theory and relativity, I really decided I never saw any room for a God in the first place.

What belief system were you raised in?

Well, that's a tough one! My parents encouraged me to decide for myself, and my grandparents took me to church. In that way, I got to see both sides before I made up my mind for good. My parents asked me one day if I wanted to go to church anymore, and I said no. (I had to get up too early anyway! LOL) So, I guess I was raised to be whatever I wanted, but I did go to Lutheran church for a while.

Introduction

My name is Indigo, and I'm a young girl with a big interest in science (theoretical physics in particular). I was stoked to hear about a community for other atheists and freethinkers! For anyone on my page, it's nice to meet you!


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