2nd May 2009

“Growing up where I did, mums didn’t hope as high as their kids growing up to be doctors; they just hoped their kids didn’t go to jail. So bring them up believing in God and they’ll be good and law-abiding. It’s a perfect system!”

Ricky Gervais

5 Responses to “2nd May 2009”

  1. Oxymoronic Christhinker Says:

    It is interesting to me that quite a few atheists claim to have known that there is no God at a very young age, Ricky Gervais included (he says he lost his faith at 8 years of age). Is this a common experience among atheists? Or do most of you “convert” to atheism as adults? Just curious . . .

  2. Oxymoronic Christhinker Says:

    What do you think of this?

    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/05/02/opinion/02blow.html?th&emc=th

  3. Prime Directant Says:

    To answer your first post, i have never really heard of anyone becoming Athiests as children, unless their parents are. I know personally I became an agnostic when i grew fed up with the empty and superficial traditions that in my mind appeared to be merely simulacra. Family trauma helped too.
    I dont like to think of myself as “converting” because that implies that I have adopted some other belief system. I just started rejecting more and more ideas that I found questionable until now i am wavering between deism and agnosticism.

    And here I shall probably stay. What about the rest of you.

  4. The Heretic Says:

    I was baptised Methodist at a very early age, and attended church occasionally with my mother. My father was a product of Lutheran school and is an agnostic/athiest that studies the Bible (I don’t know why.) I knew that I didn’t believe and was an atheist before high school, but I always called myself an agnostic as it received a lesser condemnation from acquaintances. I didn’t really think about my lack of faith until I was in my thirties and was dealing with a death of someone very dear. So many well intentioned platitudes were just too flat or too ridiculous. In my quest, I began to read philosophy and contemporary thought on the subject. I still reread portions of Christopher Hitchens’ “God is Not Great.” He has an extraordinary perspective, even though I disagree with him occasionally. I consider myself a rational, logical person.

  5. Hypatia Says:

    Oxy, I became an atheist at 13 whilst being brought up by a religious family me, albeit of the liberal Anglican variety.

    I got this nagging feeling that there was something not quite right about it all. Having pondered about it objectively for the first time I rapidly came to the conclusion it was all nonsense. Christianity appeared unconvincing and even preposterous.