Originally posted by KnightWulfe
I am curious, from both theists and atheists, what is the basis for what you believe? Did you grow up with that belief and have never known different? Self-actuallized theist/atheist? Were you once one and now you are the other? What has shaped your belief system?
Grew up Catholic, became Evangelical in college, rejected literalist readings of scriptures, and became skeptical concerning authority of Bible as I [here the list is too long, but includes:
-observed the lack of real personal change, and the hardening of reactionary ideologies among so-called believers
-learned about the world outside my culture
-gained skill as a competent reader
-grew in knowledge of history of Christainity]
Although I do not profess any form of Christianity at present, I believe the Catholic tradition and worship offers more that is Biblical and Christlike than any of the so-called Bible churches. Sometimes I call myself a non-practicing Catholic, sometimes a believing agnostic.
I pray, but oppose those who prey in the name of religion.