Hello, there, atheist republic! Glad to be here and appreciate the opportunity to discuss what interests me the most. I’m theist myself, have been for about 30 years. I became a theist when I was 27. Before that I wouldn’t have identified as a member of any particular group - even now I don’t do that - I leaned towards agnostic and was, and still am, emphatically irreligious. We can get into all of that for clarification and debate if you’re interested, but my primary reason for being here is to learn, on a deep level, why you, as atheists, believe what you believe.
I’m not here to convert anyone, that would be stupid. No one converts anyone. All of that is pretty much group think, which I loath. Group is the root of all theistic and atheistic paradigms, in my opinion. But, let’s keep this intro simple. I have a pretty good idea of what you believe, so what about what I believe.
That’s tricky. I pretty much disagree with all theistic and atheistic paradigms, as I mentioned above. I have never been, nor ever will be a part of any social, political or religious group. I’m apolitical and irreligious. That’s what, as they say, makes the world go 'round.
I’m a student of the Bible. A Bible believer. I pretty much categorize everyone in this context as being either believers or unbelievers. All of the normative terms are pretty much nonsensical to me. Useful only as a very general identification. My beliefs regarding the Bible and theology are most similar to the Jehovah’s Witnesses, only because they have removed all of the pagan nonsense from theology. I see much of their teachings when they deviate from that as being very problematic.
So, there. I’ve pretty much alienated everyone . . . let’s begin, shall we?