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Atheist Moms: Was there a defining moment or time of your life that you "became" atheist or has it been your point of view for as long as you can remember?


Asked by manna1qd at 6:16 PM on Jul. 6, 2008 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • I was raised in a Christian family, but from as far back as I can remember, I couldn't understand how anyone could believe in any of it. I remember being in Sunday school when I was a little little girl, drilling my Sunday school teacher on dinosaurs and creation and all of that, because I just couldn't believe it. I got kicked out of confirmation classes when I was I think 12 for telling the pastor that I didn't believe in a god, and my mother just found me another church to confirm me at. When I was 14, I moved in with my Catholic stepmom and my father. They let me be who I am, and it was a big weight off my shoulders. It wasn't until I was grown and out of the house that I felt comfortable using the dreaded "A" word, even though I've been an atheist all along. As the years have gone on though, I am a much happier person now that I am able to just say who I am and have always been.

    Answer by JulieJacobKyle at 11:17 PM on Jul. 6, 2008

  • There were several points in time that lead up to it. Not one big defining one. I was a christian for about 19 years before I stopped believing. The final straw so to speak was when my second born son was diagnosed with autism. But like I said there was so much more that lead up to it. I am happier now than I've ever been since I found my own power. And it doesn't make me any less spiritual either.

    Answer by 2autisticsmom at 8:33 PM on Jul. 6, 2008

  • As a young child I could never believe in the easter bunny or santa clause. I always found it hard to believe in things that don't make logical sense or cannot be supported by science.

    I don't disrespect religion, if you were to believe in God then I believe that you believe and I will leave it at that.

    Answer by girlneffy at 9:58 PM on Jul. 6, 2008

  • My parents aren't atheist, but I was brought up without religion. There was never a defining moment for me. I've just always leaned towards atheism, even as a child.

    Answer by lovinmystar at 11:08 PM on Jul. 6, 2008

  • Yes... I was trying to become a "born again Christian" and was going to Bible study, etc. The leader/teacher of our little group was feeding me some BS about how "God doesn't want you to listen to rock music" and "Dogs and Cats can't go to heaven b/c they don't have souls." I was pissed! Plus, I just believe in Science... if someone could PROVE to me that there was really a God (OK, I'm not totally 100% convinced there isn't) and I didn't have to go off of blind Faith, I'd be more likely to accept religion in my life.

    Answer by crazysocks830 at 11:40 PM on Jul. 6, 2008

  • I wasn't raised to be extremely religious, but my family believed in God and read the Bible. Then as a teenager I really wanted to believe it and fit in at church, so I started attending more on my own. When I went to college I started questioning more things that hadn't made sense to me before, and I learned more about history & science that solidified my doubt. I called myself agnostic then, because I was afraid of the reprocussions. Now I look back and think I have been atheist since about the age of 20.

    Answer by Anna_2250 at 11:57 PM on Jul. 6, 2008

  • I watched Zeitgiest and it changed everything for me. I began to doubt that Christianity was an original religion. I did some research and after 20 years of blind faith my eyes were opened to the truth. I now don't know how I ever came to believe it all. I feel it should have ended with santa and the easter bunny.

    Answer by Dorfsmith at 10:40 AM on Jul. 7, 2008

  • I was always an atheist, however the defining moment in which I stopped trying to pretend to believe in a higher power (let's face it I haven't been a "christian" sine I was 11) came when I was pregnant with my first daughter. I made the decision to stop caring what other people thought and take matters into my own hands to make things happen.

    Answer by KristiS11384 at 11:24 AM on Jul. 7, 2008

  • I'm not atheist anymore but I was up until a little over a year. I can't say there was a defining moment, I think it was more of I had questions and no answers at the time and I just went with that. I must say though, becoming a believer...there definately was a defining moment and I remember it as if it where yesterday.

    Answer by Susan0976 at 1:44 AM on Jul. 9, 2008