Why Are You An Atheist? Submit Your Story

In the short period of time I’ve been doing this blog, I’ve met so many of you. I’ve heard so many stories about what made you choose atheism, stories of conversion, harrowing stories of abuse and mistreatment.

My story about why I am an atheist is rather dull: I was born, no one tried to indoctrinate me.

I know that turning to atheism has been a difficult road for some of you and for others, it’s been joyous and rewarding. I want to share some of your amazing stories. I want to give those who may still be hiding or unsure, a reason to be open.

So, if you want to share your story, fill out the form below or email mommy@godlessmom.com

A couple of things to think about:

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1. Don’t worry if you don’t think your story is interesting. It probably is to someone and could actually help someone decide to be open about their atheism.

2. I may publish your story here on this blog, so if it’s private and you still want to share it with me, please say so in your email and I won’t publish it. If you prefer as well, you can submit it anonymously and I’ll credit it to “anonymous”.

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  • Sent! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • thank you! I am reading through them all. some really great stories.

  • magsmagenta

    Why I’m an Atheist.
    I was not born into an Atheist family, my parents are standard Church of England working class English people so while they are not particularly hyper religious and don’t generally spend every Sunday in Church or even talking about religion much it was always generally accepted that we were Christians, and we celebrated Christmas and Easter in the traditional way and had Marriages and Christenings in Church. And it was generally accepted that Christianity was a ‘Good Thing’. Most people I knew accepted science and evolution and didn’t see any problem with this and Christianity.
    My journey towards Atheism was very gradual and undramatic, I simply worked it out for myself over several years.
    My first clue was when my sister told me there was no Father Christmas when I was about 6. This may sound silly but up until that point I was absolutely convinced that there was Father Christmas and this was quite a shock, but she told me she had been awake and seen Dad come in and leave our presents so there definately wasn’t. The point is that I believed as absolutely in Father Christmas as I did in God so the thought crossed my mind that if he didn’t exist then maybe God didn’t either. But I pushed the thought away firmly because I’ve always been very keen to be a ‘Good Person’ and to me at the time that meant beliving in God because that’s what I’d been told.
    The thought continued to bother me over the next few years, and things I learned about history and Christianity were continuously pushing me away from the idea that Christianity was the force for good it claimed to be, but I always put this down to bad people misinterpreting the Bible for their own gain, but I was also looking into other religions too to see if they were any better, which they weren’t.
    Another turning point came when I was reading the last book in the CS Lewis Narnia series, The Last Battle, which is centered around religious deception causing people to follow false leaders and commit evil acts. Then the world ends and they have Judgement day.
    I know CS Lewis is generally thought to be pushing religion (Catholicism to be exact) in his books as my other half keeps telling me, but this particular passage is what finally gave me the courage to be an Atheist, it goes like this:
    “I take to me the services which thou hast done to him. For I and he are of such different kinds that no service which is vile can be done to me, and none which is not vile can be done to him. Therefore if any man swear by Tash and keep his oath for the oathโ€™s sake, it is by me that he has truly sworn, though he know it not, and it is I who reward him. And if any man do a cruelty in my name, then, though he says the name Aslan, it is Tash whom he serves and by Tash his deed is accepted.”
    My my logic that means that it doesn’t matter which God you serve or no God at all, as long as you do good and not evil it’s all the same thing. If when you die you find that there is some sort of afterlife and judgement you will be judged for your actions, not for which God you worshipped or none at all. This was a very liberating Idea to me, because it meant that I just had to figure out what was good and what was bad and things would be just fine, and as I always wanted to be a good person anyway that was much more straightforward problem which I could figure out as I went along without worrying about which religion I should be following.
    By this time I was in my early teens, and I spent the next few years trying to figure out morality, and the concept of sin as opposed to what actually causes harm as well as all the usual things teenagers do such as having crushes on celebrities and listening to pop and Rock music, TV ect. No internet then so research and contacting like minded people was more difficult than it is now, but I had my Heavy Metal Music and lots of books.
    The next big thing to affect my thinking about Religion was a BBC TV series called The Hitch Hikers Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams. As well as being a very funny and entertaining series it is also packed full of obsevations about the world, the people in it and also religion.
    For example:
    The Babel Fish Argument for the Non-Existence of God
    by Douglas Adams
    “The Babel fish is small, yellow and leech-like, and probably the oddest thing in the Universe. It feeds on brainwave energy received not from its own carrier but from those around it. It absorbs all unconscious mental frequencies from this brainwave energy to nourish itself with. It then excretes into the mind of its carrier a telepathic matrix formed by combining the conscious thought frequencies with the nerve signals picked up from the speech centres of the brain which has supplied them. The practical upshot of all this is that if you stick a Babel fish in your ear you can instantly understand anything said to you in any form of language. The speech patterns you actually hear decode the brainwave matrix which has been fed into your mind by your Babel fish.
    Now it is such a bizarrely improbable coincidence that anything so mindbogglingly useful could have evolved purely by chance that some thinkers have chosen it to see it as a final and clinching proof of the non-existence of God.
    The argument goes something like this: “I refuse to prove that I exist,” says God, “for proof denies faith, and without faith I am nothing.”
    “But,” says Man, “the Babel fish is a dead giveaway isn’t it? It could not have evolved by chance. It proves you exist, and therefore, by your own arguments, you don’t. QED.”
    “Oh dear,” says God, “I hadn’t thought of that,” and promptly vanishes in a puff of logic.”
    It really doesn’t matter that the Babel Fish is fictional, because what it shows is that there can never be conclusive proof of the existance of God, because if there was that being would cease to be a God and would simply be a very powerful force in the universe that we don’t yet understand. Or what is much more likely is that those who wrote the Bible wanted to make sure that people didn’t question it and put that passage there to try and deflect logical arguments and ensure that people valued blind faith over evidence.
    What is clear is that the Bible is right in that without Faith God is Nothing. He only has the power that people give him so if people choose not to believe he just vanishes and can’t hurt anyone. Or help them either.
    Everything I’ve learned since then has only reinforced my conviction that there is no God and there never was, and what’s more we are better off without him, and would be better off without any religion dictating and misleading people into doing evil things.
    โ€œWith or without religion, you would have good people doing good things and evil people doing evil things. But for good people to do evil things, that takes religion.โ€
    โ€• Steven Weinberg

    • I have similar story re: Santa. It was at Easter, my mom has always been kind of frugal so she used the same easter basket as the year prior. I remembered it from the year before and asked my mom, “is the Easter bunny real?” to which she told me the truth. That led to me not believing in Santa and the tooth fairy as well, but God was never in my line up. I’m sure I would have stopped believing in him too, if I ever had.

      • magsmagenta

        I have a daughter who is now 12 but it’s only in the last couple of years she has admitted to not believing in Father Christmas ect, but she still wants to continue with the game anyway, I’m sure she worked it out long ago but still enjoys pretending. She has 1 tooth still to come out and still wants to put it under her pillow even though it would be easier to just give her the money, and I still had to do an Easter Egg hunt with a note from the Easter Bunny.
        I can’t blame her for trying to prolong those things as long as possible. But God was never in the equation for her either, he really isn’t fit for children.

        She’s just got the point of Hitch Hikers Guide and has started taking the books to school and telling her friends about it so we’re bonding over that at the moment. It’s a lot more teen friendly than The God Delusion.

  • @mabam70

    I finally got my grubby fingers on my work computer again so now I could finally post my “Why are you an atheist?” story as I promised I would.
    I hope you enjoy the read.

  • Tim

    Sent. Thank you.

  • Bad Girl Bex

    I hope you don’t mind GM, but I’d love to include this feature on my own blog when it’s finally up and running. Do you mind if I copy your idea? Or would you rather I just direct any people who might actually be reading my own little offering, back over here to your blog to submit their stories to you instead? I totally understand if you’d rather me do that and am perfectly happy to do so. I could create a post that just directs any potential contributors straight over here if you want?

    Bex

  • John Smith

    I’m an atheist because God wanted it that way. Who are you to question God? :)~

  • Offensive Atheist

    I hope that my story wasn’t too wordy, but it seemed context was as important as the reason. Enjoy! ๐Ÿ™‚

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