The atheist conversion altar call?

March 23, 2007 at 1:50 am 4 comments

On the same day I referenced the “Holy Bananas” blog in my post “Scientist Finds the Beginnings of Morality in Primate Behavior,” this blog was referenced in Slate’s “THE LATEST CHATTER IN CYPERSPACE.” This reminds me of the old saying commonly known as the Golden Rule. Of course, as a child, I thought this statement was a Jesus original.

Someone recently asked me why I converted to atheism. Well, the reality is, I did not. There was no conversion experience. No one preached atheism to me and I did not respond to an altar call to give my life to believing there is no God.

The atheist evangelist did not say:

Preacher“Every head bowed-ah and every eye closed-ah. If you are born-again, if you are confused-ah, if you are disillusioned-ah, if you’re at the end of your capacity to shut your brain off and you’ve tried it all-ah, tonight, atheism wants to come into your life and transform you into a new person-ah. This will bring you joy, happiness, peace, healing and give you life-ah. Won’t you simply raise your hands if you’d like to accept atheism tonight-ah? No one is looking around-ah. This is between you and, well, you-ah.”

It did not happen this way. I simply became an atheist over time. Of course, it took me a few years to acknowledge it. It was not an easy confession to make. However, one day I woke up and realized that I no longer believed in a God.

There are many out there who are on a similar journey to mine. One day you may realize that you, too, are an atheist. Maybe not. However, you are a part of the human race so please remember to live a life of compassion, kindness, and tolerance-ah.

– By Agnostic Atheist

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  • 1. nullifidian  |  March 23, 2007 at 8:52 am

    LOL. Love it 🙂 When I read that, I had in mind Arsenio Hall’s preacher in Coming to America.

    I always enjoy reading people’s stories about their jouney to a lack of belief, probably because I never underwent the same process. It’s quite illuminating.

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  • 2. agnosticatheist  |  April 11, 2007 at 9:53 am

    To make a positive impact on the world and on those around us. As stated in my wager:

    Whether or not you believe in God, you should live your life with love, kindness, compassion, mercy and tolerance while trying to make the world a better place. If there is no God, you have lost nothing and will have made a positive impact on those around you. If there is a benevolent God reviewing your life, you will be judged on your actions and not just on your ability to blindly believe when there is a significant lack of evidence of his/her existence.

    A belief in God has no bearing on this. In fact, in many ways it has a negative effect because it encourages intolerance and hate.

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  • 3. Anon  |  April 11, 2007 at 9:47 am

    What do you think our purpose in life is then.

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Agnostic Atheism Wager

Whether or not you believe in God, you should live your life with love, kindness, compassion, mercy and tolerance while trying to make the world a better place. If there is no God, you have lost nothing and will have made a positive impact on those around you. If there is a benevolent God, you will be judged on your merits and not just on whether or not you ignored the lack of evidence of his/her existence and blindly believed.

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