Originally posted by C Hess
If you were once a devout believer, now an atheist, this thread is for you.
I've always been an atheist, so I haven't struggled too much with religious beliefs. I've been curious, looked into it a little, but remain unconvinced. I understand that it couldn't have been just one thing that turned you atheist, but I'm curious if there was one definitive moment when you realised you're no longer a believer.
I am what is in some circles is known as a weak atheist, lacking belief in deity as commonly envisioned in the West, instead of having a belief there is no such thing. (Of course it is up to the theists to define their deities and some of those definitions may entail logical contradiction which would support a belief that they do not exist.) So I do not actively promote a belief that there is no deity.
I must have been emotionally prepared to drop my belief in deities before I came upon Homer Simpson's Man and His Gods
, otherwise I would not have read it. It certainly led to an intellectual understanding that there is nothing special about the deity called "God" relative to the other deities worshiped by humans over time. There is one unique quality: God is the most successful reconciliation of the contradictions of Western polytheism (deities as persons) into monotheism. Yet there is that pesky trinity in one of its branches. (Edit: And Satan, and to some, Mary, and Michael, Gabriel, etc.)
The following is a link to the book.
The forward is by Albert Einstein.