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  •  I dunno about that (4+ / 0-)

    Most of the believers-turned-unbelievers I know, including myself, it didn't matter that much.

    Most people of my acquaintance would say their non-theism came more from 1) science, 2) reading the bible with an open mind and realizing it made NO fucking sense, 3) prayer for something important that they realized was completely useless, or 4) a combination thereof. (Part 2 and Part 3 for me, and the useless prayer was for my dying-of-leukemia best friend when I was 14. That didn't make me an atheist, but it jump-started the process, and I was completely unaware of the Robertsons and Falwells at that point.)

    "Maybe: it's a vicious little word that could slay me"--Sara Bareilles

    by ChurchofBruce on Mon May 06, 2013 at 12:53:35 PM PDT

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    •  I am sorry you lost your friend. (4+ / 0-)

      Close to the same process for me. I read the Catholic bible and it didn't make any sense. Then some brilliant Christian told me to read the King James. It made even less sense.  But really sitting in Mass one Sunday and listening to a homily on the Blessed Virgin Mary was the end for me. I realized I really could not care less if the Blessed virgin Mary was a virgin or not. The most important thing about her is that she raised a remarkable son. She could have done the whole football team for all I care, and the basketball team too.

      If we aren't supposed to judge, and as a recovering catholic I still believe that, then who Gives a fuck if she was a virgin or not?

      That passed by; this can, too. - Deor

      by stevie avebury on Mon May 06, 2013 at 01:51:13 PM PDT

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    •  Maybe too broad (1+ / 0-)
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      a generalization, true.

      They started losing me when I figured out not saying the approved prayer before falling asleep would not, in fact, make God angry enough to do to me whatever he does when he's angry.

      Fuck me, it's a leprechaun.

      by MBNYC on Mon May 06, 2013 at 02:37:08 PM PDT

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