Pseudonym wrote:... therefore you're not an Atheist.
"Atheist" does not refer to those who doubt, or those who are outside one particular Christian denomination. It just refers to someone who doesn't believe in a deity or deities.
Magenta wrote:You say "if I were still a Christian". Are you an atheist then?
This got harder and is now getting easier as my friends and family learn to deal with my shift in perspective. Hardest with/for my wife. We have three kids (age 2 - 5) and our faith was always the backbone of our marriage. We've come to an arrangement where I go to church with the family every other week. It's strange at church because I was a very active member of the music team. Fortunately I took an extended break from that a while ago, so I haven't suddenly disappeared. It's odd though - most people at church don't realise I'm an atheist in disguise. Sometimes it's actually kind of fun! I'm guessing, though, that my church environment is quite different to yours. It's great to read that the JW family around you is caring, despite the constraints of the theology.Magenta wrote:I read one of your other posts where you mention that you are still surrounded by Christians. How do you deal with that?
Magenta wrote:Hi Pseudonym, I enjoy your posts.
Magenta wrote:The thing with that scripture, and any other for that matter, is that a "spin" can be put on them. I sometimes see similarities in God and, for example, the leader of a country. Something the leader does or says is not received favorably by the masses, so the spin-doctors go into action to try and make it more palatable - putting a positive "spin" on things. In the end the original purpose of the word or deed is lost, and the bad guy made to look like a knight in shining armor. The fact remains that religion is divisive, appealing to emotions rather than to logic.
Magenta wrote:Hey, maybe I'm a skeptic...?
Brad wrote:Atheists and athesim have no dogma nor ideology of any kind.
Brad wrote:So for that reason, not to split hairs, but it's really not correct to capitalize atheist or atheism except as the first word of a sentence.
Brad wrote:I take issue with your statement that, "atheist does not refer to those who doubt." In fact, generally speaking, it seems to me that the precise opposite is true.
Pseudonym wrote:Brad wrote:I take issue with your statement that, "atheist does not refer to those who doubt." In fact, generally speaking, it seems to me that the precise opposite is true.
What I mean by this is that just because you doubt, that doesn't automatically make you atheist. If it did, half the Psalmists would be reckoned "atheist".
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