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What event in your life turned you into a Skeptic/Atheist?

Postby Scepcop » 20 Jun 2010, 22:17

Now, I don't think anyone is born an Atheist. Usually we all believe in God when we are children, and that there are "magical" or supernatural forces in this world.

So I'm wondering, what event in your life turned you into a skeptic or an atheist or both? What was your Eureka moment?

I have a theory. Many skeptics become that way due to some tragic event in your life, which you blame God for, and then you retaliate by denying God and starting down the path of atheism, denying all supernatural things in the universe altogether. But few like to admit this though. If this was the case with you, can you share your story?

Was is a slow process or an instant one? What caused you to doubt the supernatural and God? Was it skeptical literature? James Randi? Or an angry hatred toward God?

Just curious.
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Re: What event in your life turned you into a Skeptic/Atheis

Postby NinjaPuppy » 20 Jun 2010, 23:31

I don't consider myself a skeptic or an atheist but I am very skeptical about any organized religion. Reason being, the basic beliefs don't make any sense to me.

IMO, Christianity is an adaptation of paganism. Organized religion's definition of "God" and the variables that are associated with each different religion is the single most reason.
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Re: What event in your life turned you into a Skeptic/Atheis

Postby ProfWag » 21 Jun 2010, 20:26

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Re: What event in your life turned you into a Skeptic/Atheis

Postby Scepcop » 22 Jun 2010, 04:48

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Re: What event in your life turned you into a Skeptic/Atheis

Postby ProfWag » 22 Jun 2010, 05:27

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Re: What event in your life turned you into a Skeptic/Atheis

Postby Indigo Child » 22 Jun 2010, 13:02

These are common reasons Prowag is giving for skepticism and atheism. They are,
however, nothing more than generalizations based on a few negative experiences in life.
So a few psychics one has met have been bad psychics, so therefore this means all psychics
must be bad and in fact there is no such thing as psychic powers. This argument is as good
as a racist who has had a few negative experiences in life from a certain race, then concludes
everybody in that race must be bad.

The same goes for the problem of evil. Atheists argue that there cannot be any god, because
there is evil in the world. Well, guess what there is also good in the world. If there is hate,
there is also love; if there is greed, there is also charity. If there is violence, there is also compassion.
However, again they base their argument on a generalization based on a few negative experiences
in their life and conclude that the world is evil.

You are right Winston that nobody is born an atheist. In fact we are all born with an innate concept
for the divine and the supernatural, mystical and spiritual. It is obvious looking at a child who believes
in the magical and the early human who believed in gods. Atheists are made that way, not born that way.
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Re: What event in your life turned you into a Skeptic/Atheis

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Re: What event in your life turned you into a Skeptic/Atheis

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Re: What event in your life turned you into a Skeptic/Atheis

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Re: What event in your life turned you into a Skeptic/Atheis

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Re: What event in your life turned you into a Skeptic/Atheis

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Re: What event in your life turned you into a Skeptic/Atheis

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