I’ve noticed a trend of atheists previously being Christian. Now in all fairness, I assume for good reasons. However, its important to realize the opposite of atheism is theism. Atheists (specifically those previously Christian), if you rejected the notion of of Jesus (lets say he’s imaginary, man made,…
Most atheists are agnostic.
Gnosticism denotes claim of KNOWLEDGE, therefore: agnostic = not a sure knowledge
Theism denotes claim of BELIEF in god, therefore: atheist = no belief in god.
I am an agnostic atheist. Therefore, I don’t know whether there is a god or not, but I choose to believe that there is not any god.
Through great study I have achieved much knowledge and found no evidence or need for any supra-natural entity that resides outside the normal space-time continuum, hence I am an atheist and not of the agnostic-atheist variety.
As for question #2, I have great knowledge and wisdom from many years of study in various fields, cosmology, quantum physics, math, and engineering. i am a gnostic, one with knowledge, not agnostic one without knowledge.
#3 Religion is the structured worship of the divine, if you don’t believe in a god, you don’t need religion, so its actually the other way around a rejection on theism leads to the rejection of religion, but you can still reject religion and still believe in the divine as many christians and others do as evidenced by non-denominational christians, universal unitarians, some wiccans, and many others who label themselves as spiritual-nonreligious.
There certainly are people who reject Christianity but continue to believe in some sort of god or gods. But for those of us not brought up as atheists, I suspect that statistically most were brought up in Christian households. We were labeled Christian long before we had any say in the matter, often as infants. Still, once you’ve started to question what you were taught as a child, the most logical thing is that you continue until you find what seems solidly true. The solid truth is that there’s no rational reason to believe in any god at all.
I take it a step farther and consider myself to be Anti-Theist. The reason that I gave up Christianity is because my parents are not. My grandparents were, my aunts and uncles are, ect., but by mother is a nauralist Pagan (not Wiccan) and my father is Agnostic. The reason why I came to hate theology rather than simply denouncing it is because I have never had any good experiences from it. I was the different kid who didn’t believe in Christianity and was Pagan or later Atheist. It ruined my dating life, I lost friends, the whole nine yards. After that, I decided that no good could come from me supporting religions in any way. Hence ex-Christian Anti-Theist.
First of all, I’m agnostic AND atheist. The two are not mutually exclusive.
When I broke from my religious upbringing, it meant I had to break all the conditioning. They don’t just say “sorry it didn’t work out, best of luck,” they tried hard to convince me. I did look into other religions after leaving the church I was raised in. I found them all to be very similar, and to all have the same flaws. Their arguments had already been debunked by me and did little to persuade me. Eventually I came to realize all religion was fantasy and I didn’t need it. It is only fair to judge new religions by the same standards I rejected mine, and they all failed.
You’re misunderstanding the word “agnostic”. Most atheists are also agnostic. It means “I don’t know”. It doesn’t have anything to do with belief.
If you still believe in a “higher power”, you’re still some sort of theist, probably pantheist or deist. Atheist means you don’t believe in any type of god.
There are Christians who convert to other religions. Not all former Christians turn atheist.
Because Christianity was the religion, faith, that I was in (and in most contact with in my country), and therefore the first one to be questioned.
My grounds for leaving Christianity transferred across almost completely, after some examination to check, to other theistic positions.
“Why is the the rejection of religion correlated to the rejection of theism? ”
This confuses me slightly. Why would I want to retain religion, without believing in its assertion of deities?
(Buddhism can be a different case here, to be treated separately)
I put no great value in rite, ritual, tradition or ceremony purely for their own sake.
And the value is negative if the religion is asserting as facts things I consider untrue.
(that is open for discussion with those who disagree with me: my beliefs as well as theirs are fair game)
I hope you are not saying “religions are not true, but let’s have them anyway for community cohesion, or because they make us feel better…”
There is no evidence for a higher being.
Gods are nothing special that I have to be an agnostic towards them. Gods are the same as fairies, pixies, chinese fairies, goblins; they’re all imaginary.
Agnostics claim that “god” is too general, too “huge” to define and know whether he/she exists. Well, fairies are very general too. Fairies are mentioned in every culture, tradition and country. And we don’t know for sure if fairies exist. So do we become an agnostic towards fairies?
Same goes for gods. Nothing special. Agnostics become agnostics to gods because they want to be intellectually honest. But some of them, are “intellectually honest” to the point of ridicule, to the point where they can even consider the existence of fairies and pixies.
Agnostics are delusional too. Gods have a special place in them that they have to be an agnostic towards gods.
I grew up in a christian household. Going through the motions as a child, does not automatically make me a christian. When I began to think on my own I began to reject god ideas and became an atheist.
I was introduced to christianity by others.
I became atheist on my own.
There isn’t any one specific reason. Just because multiple people can be labeled as ex-Christian atheists does not mean that all of those people are alike. Since they are not all alike, they aren’t all going to have the same reasons.