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Everyone's Favorite Topic: Religion

WARNING FROM WEBMASTER: This thread violates my prohibition against discussing politics religion and sex. I reserve the right to start off-topic threads, but usually delete those started by other posters. However, the discussion here has been very civil so far. I will be monitoring this closely and may delete the thread anyhow, but I'd like to thank everyone who has posted and has made it civil so far. Note that I do not necessarily endorse (or not endorse) the position of the original poster. I have a lot of ideas about religion and spirituality and am very interested in the topic. John
. I'm reading Richard Dawkin's new book: The God Delusional right now, and I have to say it makes me proud to be an atheist.

Unfortunately, that seems to be causing quite a few controversies. Since sophmore year in HS my friends and I have had this discussion, and I have always been devoutly atheist and they lived with it. Then a couple weeks ago my best friend actually got lectured by his mother (I got one from my aunt) about how it's WRONG to not believe in a/the God.

Anyway, I'm going to ask for peoples views on atheism and religion in general. As an atheist I've seen prejudice in family, friends, teachers, and members of churches. In fact, going to catholic school early on might have had the largest influence on my beliefs.

I've held firm to the belief that there are far more important things to worry about than whether a God exists in todays world, and it doesn't make me any less of a human being.

Again, I realize religion is a touchy subject. I've been interviewed all holiday season by family members who saw the book, and even managed to get into a long debate with my cousins fiance (theology major). Still, it'd be nice to see some discussion on the good, the bad, and everything in between (and outside) that box.

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