6th April 2009

“When you say the word 'atheist,' I don't put it with a human. I put it with a monster. I found out, no, they're human. They're people who are different from me. It's like when kids talk about the bogeyman and realize he's not real.”

Judy Helms

4 Responses to “6th April 2009”

  1. Bornagain A. Theist Says:

    Almost everyone who is raised in a religious household goes through something along those lines. Just a clearly as youngsters believe in Santa because their parents told them to, they also believe in a magical whatchamacallit because their parents told them to. It’s pitiful, but it happens all the time.

  2. Chris Says:

    Yep. I remember one of the most lasting holds religious thinking had on me was getting over the mental stricture about considering myself an atheist. It’s common and unfortunately pretty effective. I wonder how many people remain tethered to theism because they simply can’t finish the sentence “I don’t believe this stuff therefore I’m an…”

  3. Larry Huffman Says:

    This is interesting to see that others felt this way. I was the same way with regards to atheists. Truth is, I really did not understand the simplicity of the term, nor the diverse nature of people who were atheist. Atheists were bitter and unhappy people with lettle reason to ejoy life and no ability to be ethical or ‘moral’. When I left momonism, I thought I would surely be christian still. When I began to realize my faith was shaken far too much to even be christian I began seearching for something else.

    I had always had some affinity for buddhism and so I began attending a Tibetan Buddhist dharma center. I enjoyed the philosophy, and was fascinated learning the history and all…but again, just could not buy into the supernatural. However…the buddhists told me that was ok. They told me that there are many paths, etc. But…the real enlightening thing I learned from them was that they were, for the most part, atheist. I was astounded at this use of the word, and realized quickly that I too was atheist.

    I am not a practicing buddhist at all, never really was…as I said, the supernatural and ritual just was not for me. However, the philosophy of buddhism has stuck with me, to some extent…certainly better than the philosophy of christ. Buddhists understand what it means to be compassionate I think, at the very least…and are tolerant of others views and beliefs so as not to make their views a threat to freedoms.

  4. tiny warfin Says:

    i still feel that way about thiests!!!

    how do you relate to people that against all reality believe that the world is 6000 years old? or use some imaginary being as an excuse for all types of abuse and inhuman behaviour ?