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  1. Great post, and thanks for sharing. Thanks! Can I ask what your feelings are about your evangelical days now that you're an atheist? Are your kids, having been brought up evangelical, still religious? I'm a little angry at times, not at the people involved...but in myself for not knowing better, I guess. I was at a very low point in my life when I happened upon evangelicalism. I do see the threads of how I ended up where did evolving with me for many, many years. I've always tended to be skeptical but for some reason I fell in line with this hook, line and sinker. So I think I am more upset with myself for not maintaining skepticism in this incredibly important decision that was going to affect my life and that of my family for decades to come, and even now continues to do so negatively. I've apologized to my adult children (25 and almost 28) more times than I can count. I feel that I let them down in this. I do not regret homeschool at all, and they don't either. There were many things that went on in their youth groups and other experiences within the church that I have learned of and was completely oblivious to at the time. Assuming other people are as devoted and caring as you are is a major draw for people who want to use any organized religion to abuse those in their charge. I had no idea about some of the goings on. They do know that, and they say that they don't blame me, but I still feel guilt for being so trusting. My son and his wife follow a more Wiccan path, and i fully support that. My daughter is also an atheist. She went from Buddhist philosphy to Atheism. I haven't read many stories like yours...most people are just atheist from the get-go, not religious (especially evangelical lol). I mean I suppose it's tough to regret (for lack of a better word) your previous faith but, as a fellow atheist, evangelicals are pretty much, eh, odd people (?). I'd be interested to read how you reconcile that period in your life, and raising your kids during that period, with your beliefs today. I have several friends wo are former believers, one of my dearest is a former Seventh Day Adventist. He's now a horror writer, that isn't a coincidence, btw (lol). I know quite a few people who have left Fundamentalism, and many of us deal with this guilt over what we construe as the wasted years, and the many people we influenced. All I can say for myself is that I was 100% sincere at that time, and try to make up for some of the damage I know I now inflicted. BTW, I understand I'm asking a pretty deep and personal question so, please, do not feel obligated to reply. Not a problem at all and thank you for asking, it's theraputic to examine that part of my life. mrnn
  2. Yes I did...there are actually a lot of early histories of Tarot. No one is really sure which one is correct so it just adds to the intrigue of the cards .
  3. I'm also an atheist. I consider myself one of the 'new atheists' in that we aren't abrasive assholes...or we try not to be. My stance on the existence of a god, any god is pretty much solidly in line with MRNN. I am a humanist. I was an evangelical fundametalist Christian for almost two decades. I was not raised 'churched', other than occasional visits to church and VBS a few times as a child in the late 60's, early 70's. I came to Christianity in my early twenties and being strongly evangelical, I kind of converted my entire family. I raised my children in that church and homeschooled for 12 years. I was fully involved in prison (adult and YDC) and children's ministry. My entire life revolved around my belief, and the sharing and teaching of it In order to make a long story short and not make this into anything of a 'debate', I'll shorten my exodus from Christianity as simply as possible. I've always been a person who first and foremost values truth. My pursuit was always of that, when I began to research and understand the many problems with the source material itself my only honest choice was to leave. It wasn't any angry experience with the church itself or with the people in it, as some people usually believe that you come to atheism because you have been hurt, or are angry with god. That was not the case at all. When you are very devout the process to atheism takes a period of years, usually. During the winding down of my experience I did dabble again with the Wiccan interests of my adolescence, but not wholeheartedly. I still love Tarot, I love the artwork, and the cards themselves intrigue me. I'm happy with where I am, and I'm happy with other folks as long as they aren't ugly about it .
  4. I completely agree with this one, even though I LOVE Sam Raimi, I was so disappointed with this. Slasher movies are good comedy. Foereign horror is SO much better. I can give you a good list if you are interested . I have a few, 'Ferris Bueller's Day Off'. I saw it in the theatre when it was released and for the life of me I have never been able to figure out the appeal. 'A Serbian Film'...I just can't even explain. I will never get that film out of my head, messed up in all of the wrong ways. I regret ever seeing it. Hands down it is the worst thing I have ever seen. 'God's Not Dead'. I watched it just so I could address it with someone from a point of familiarity. Horrible, ridiculous porttrayal of sterotypical straw man atheist. Sappy crap at it's best.
  5. I just had a friend on FB say, "I didn't realize you had to be 'jumped in' to be a Palin member".
  6. I agree with Mark...as much as I detest her it has not been confirmed that she was there. I wouldn't doubt that one of her grown children were, but who knows?
  7. Ken Ham, Kent Hovind and their creation 'science', the young earth theories and pretty much everything that comes out of their mouths have been debunked so many times as to be ludicrous. Please get your information regarding evolutionary theory from a more credible source. Like the real scientists and paleontologists who study the field.
  8. I remember last year when my daughter and I pulled alongside a Cobb County Sheriff Dept. vehicle in motion. The deputy in the vehicle was texting on her pink cellphone while driving 45 mph. She glanced up and saw us and realized we saw her. I didn't get my phone out fast enough (I was the passenger) in time to snap her picture or I sure would have. She took off from us fast enough that we didn't get her car number either. SO selfish. I can't believe people are stupid enough to do it. I really can't.
  9. More power to them (the family of the victim). I have nothing but sympathy for them. When I faced in court the woman who took my Mama's life, I wanted to punch her in her face. She was an idiot, and she ran a redlight while driving a school bus. She served as I recall, 10 days in jail, and I wanted to smack her in her face. She ran a redlight. Involuntary manslaughter, whatever,. This person, I hope he hurt. I don't believe in hell. I am an atheist, so... I hope this hurt.
  10. Nah, I'm more for Alaska than Colorado...but I know my buddy Jenilyn and I am all about some John Denver . I'm completely neurotic, agoraphobic and every other anxiety ridden term you want to assign to me. In my late 40's I can finally embrace and understand it.
  11. How funny that this thread shows up in recent posts . I LOVE Captain Kirk, Spock (Leonard Nimoy was one of my first loves). I am old school Trekkie, in a house full of Star Wars fans, it's rough lemme tell ya. There would be no George Lucas if it hadn't been for Gene Roddenberry. That being said, I have seen (and this is generous) maybe 3 episodes of the New Generation. But, even at that I would rather watch ALL of them as opposed to Star Wars. Them's the facts, Jack . Captain Picard is mega hot. however <3. J.J.Abrams has done a good job, not excellent, but good...casting Simon Pegg is always a win, imho.
  12. I was really sad to hear this. It's a lot more serious than most people understand, even for us here, Have any of you read Richard Preston's 'Hot Zone'? I just finished it, myself. For that reason, I'm kinda freaked out about this.
  13. I'm not even a christian. I worked during the first two years of it's opening for the man who had franchised the Chik-Fil-A in Hiram. He was a very nice guy. Not a 'cultic' company, by any means.
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