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For those who don't believe in JC, GtF and the HG anymore.

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Try a little objective truth for a change.

Started by Claude O'Donovan. Last reply by Dan Jun 6, 2015. 18 Replies

I have invested over thirty years in studying the Bible and about it. I've been to Israel and seen the proof of the archeological digs. It is infallible, it's historical record is validated in every…Continue

Objective morals from Science and Reasoning

Started by Blenderpunch. Last reply by Blenderpunch Nov 15, 2014. 5 Replies

When people find out I’m an atheist the most common question I get is “Where do you get your morals from if you don’t believe in God?” Now I know other atheists that are moral, so being an atheist…Continue

Tags: evidence, evolution, reasoning, morals, objective

Humanistic Mormonism?

Started by foxjones. Last reply by Dave Salyers May 22, 2014. 5 Replies

Came across this:  …Continue

Tags: mormonism, humanistic

Evolution misconceptions that makes us facepalm

Started by Blenderpunch. Last reply by Saint Noodle Aug 18, 2013. 4 Replies

I'm new to this group but I thought that I'd start a discussion about something that seems to come up rather regularly. And that of course is evolution. The thing that seems to come up so often with…Continue

Tags: fact, proven, science, selection, darwin

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Comment by Edward Casey on October 18, 2010 at 2:45pm
thanks Lisa, I don't know how it will be for you. We each go through stages at our own pace. I can only relate how it was for me? I was a bit stubborn in letting go of prior beliefs and held a lot of guilt about not believing in the bible growing up; afraid to let anyone know what I truly believed.
Comment by Pixie on October 18, 2010 at 1:51pm
Thanks for the insight, Edward! I guess what you're saying is that there's no guarantee I'll ever get past the "blech" factor, eh? Or, if I do, chances are it will take a long time. Oh fiddlesticks! That means there's patience involved and dagnabit: Patience is a virtue...of which I have NONE!! Thanx tho! :)
Comment by Edward Casey on October 18, 2010 at 1:25pm
I can only speak for myself. I have gotten into a comfort zone, feeling natural that I am atheist and don't care what others think. I am polite and believe that if it helps to maintain good form, I'll fake it or flatter the person. I think the bleh feeling will fade when you get to this stage. I do not guarantee anyone else would evolve this far. It took me years, after all, for me to get to this stage in my theistic developement
Comment by Tom on October 18, 2010 at 1:02pm
I also am in the "belch" factor process. Does it ever end?
Comment by Pixie on October 18, 2010 at 12:44pm
Hey ya'll! Thanks for the replies...looks like everyone handles it differently! I'm afraid I do have a lot at stake if I tell my mom as she helps me out quite a bit financially (I'm on disability/SSI) so telling her I'm atheist (but trying to convince myself to be agnostic but that's not working out so well for me lol) might just push her over the edge. Christmas with family is coming up and I'm dreading it for a few reasons. Last year, I had to bless the food. Has anyone who's atheist gone through THAT experience?...talk about "awkward"... I'm giving a basic lds prayer and all the while I'm thinking to myself: "who am i praying to...god doesn't exist". But if it makes them feel better...*sigh*....I guess this falls under the category of "a little white lie", right? Meanwhile, my brain is still in the process of the "blech" factor where I always say "Oh no, not again" and roll my eyes every time a tv program mentions god. Just wondering...when will this particular phase end?
Comment by Tom on October 18, 2010 at 10:07am
My family also doesn't know about my de-conversion from all religion. The subject never comes up in conversation. Also, I watched Julia Sweeney's "letting go of god" on you tube and really enjoyed it.
Comment by Jonas Clausen on October 18, 2010 at 9:30am
I told my TBM mother that I was atheist at my grandfather's funeral. It was her dad that had died (he was a science teacher AND TBM), and at the reception I was getting lots of "admonitions" from her. I just felt sick of being manipulated emotionally at the funeral and I dropped the bomb on her that I'm atheist, and that I could feel that my grandpa had witnessed to me during the funeral that I am right to be atheist. I totally flipped her for a loop and she teared up, asking me if I had made myself a god unto myself? I laughed and said no, that I didn't believe in ANY gods anymore. Anyway, it worked and she's layed off with the preaching and judging (mostly). It was a good teachable moment, I guess, and I exploited it.
Comment by Blue_Spiral on October 17, 2010 at 5:49pm
Oh, to add one thing: One positive outcome has been that my mom has become aware that there are non-believers out there, and ALMOST even more respectful of it now she knows her own daughter is one. She knows now that we're not a bunch of baby-eating demons. I always think everyone should out themselves about atheism (in the same way we should about sexuality) to dispel the inaccurate stigmas, and to make people feel more comfortable. Unless of course you predict severely tragic consequences, I always encourage people to be open about their atheism.
Comment by Blue_Spiral on October 17, 2010 at 5:45pm
I thought that I could share my discovery of reality with my parents and at first it would be tough, but they'd eventually get it. No, my mom just says "Well, I don't understand it, but it makes me happy." And my dad just thinks I'm a sinner and tells me "I'm right, you're wrong, it's just the way it is." They're sad, but they've had to get over it. Otherwise we get along. I just can't talk about anything with them related to religion, etc.
Comment by Gofita on October 17, 2010 at 4:58pm
I don't know yet! My family doesn't know that I don't really believe in a specific god anymore...it just hasn't come up! It'll be interesting as it comes in the future.
 

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