I was exposed to Atheism through my father. His father and my grandfather was a religious man at times. On Saturday nights he would go out behind the barn and break all his whisky bottles. Of course he was half drunk by then.<quoted text>
I don't "believe in atheism." For me, atheism is the result of applying my natural skepticism to the various ideas to which I've been exposed over a lifetime. Some hold up to scrutiny, others do not. Those that don't include most if not all conspiracy theories, most "New Age" ideas about medicine, and the notion that supernatural forces or agencies control the physical universe or the destinies of intelligent beings, or that such entities exist at all. Atheism isn't a belief system for me, just the rejection of a specific set of commonly held beliefs that fail to hold up to intense scrutiny.
There are no links because I came to atheism independently--it was, in fact, part of a process of reestablishing my intellectual independence after a long period of conformity. In the process, I did augment my grasp of formal logic, which was a big help in recognizing ideas that stand on shaky ground or have no real foundation at all.
Having settled most religious questions to my own satisfaction,they interfere with the clarity of vision that most skeptics seek.
I hope that you will learn to do that as well.
Then on Sunday he would be all cleaned up and ready to teach Sunday School. Come Monday he would be back behind the barn looking for any bottles that he may have missed. Not to finish breaking them but finish them off if you know what I mean.
Many years of watching this hypocrisy seared my Dads heart and mind toward religion. He came to the conclusion which many of you did that religion is all fake. There was no God and never was in his mind. He went on to embrace evolution to its fullest.
He had a brilliant mind. Capable of remembering great details in history. He became an astute genealogist for the area he lived in. We had lots of discussions on God and religion.
I on the other hand began to experiment with the thought of God despite my sweet Dad’s belief. I began to pray alone in absolute secrecy to see if I could contact this unseen being we call God. To see if he was real or if it was all part of a imagination.
What I found out for myself that indeed God was real. Beyond any shadow of doubt. Beyond one’s imagination, I know without any doubt God is real. God can’t be proven but he can be experienced. I can’t tell you the amazing absolutely unbelievable things I have seen God do. You simply would not believe them.
I love everyone of you Atheist. I see my fathers skepticism in all of you. Many of you are good down to earth folks. This is why I’m here. I have used your skepticism to learn more about the bible and God. You have helped me become even more sincere about what I believe.
I thank you for all that you have done. God Bless…….