Ice-Breaker Meme: 15-Day Atheist Challenge

I’ve been a bit at a loss for what to add to my blogs lately and I’ve realized memes and prompts like this really get the inspirational juices flowing. Also, I enjoy talking about myself on the interwebs, so opening up is definitely not a problem.

I forgot who initially made this, but please credit them. I will start later today (I was going to say tommorow, but then I realized that it is 6 AM. Holy shit.)

  1. At what point did you know you were an atheist? Why did you become one, what were the factors leading up to the decision, if you weren’t always one?
  2. What religion did you grow up with? Did you have positive or negative experiences with religion?
  3. Are you a more outspoken or more apathetic atheist? Why?
  4. Do you think religion is obsolete and should be wiped completely off the face of the Earth, or does some good come out of it?
  5. Did you lose any friends because you decided to be an atheist? Did your family flip out?
  6. How do you feel about so-called “militant atheists” such as Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens, and Sam Harris?
  7. Except for God, do you believe in anything supernatural or pseudoscientific? (Ghosts, alien abductions, spirits, souls, demons, psychics, magic, Harry Potter, etc.)
  8. What’s your political alignment? Does your atheism influence how you vote and how you feel on issues?
  9. Even though you’re an atheist, have you ever experienced a moment that could be called “religious?” Like an epiphany about the world or complete peace?
  10. Are you spiritual, or are your feet always on the ground?
  11. Do you have/plan on having a career in the sciences? Alternatively: which branch of science intrigues you most?
  12. What happens when we die? Do you fear death?
  13. Would you ever date/marry somebody who follows a religion? Be honest.
  14. On a scale of 1-10, how happy are you with life at this moment, and why?
  15. Recommend a book. :) (Doesn’t have to be relevant to atheism, just any good book.)

Some good stuff on this list. I’m looking forward to it.

5 thoughts on “Ice-Breaker Meme: 15-Day Atheist Challenge

  1. I like these questions, much better than the average “questions for atheists” which are ususally written by xians trying to preach at us. If you don’t mind, I think I’ll also tackle them myself, on my own blog.

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  4. “At what point did you know you were an atheist? Why did you become one, what were the factors leading up to the decision, if you weren’t always one?”
    I accepted that I was an atheist when I realized that there is no evidence for the existence of any gods.

    “What religion did you grow up with? Did you have positive or negative experiences with religion?”
    None; my parents are agnostic.

    “Are you a more outspoken or more apathetic atheist? Why?”
    Outspoken, because Christian activists are so outspoken about pursuing special treatment under the law for their religious beliefs.

    “Do you think religion is obsolete and should be wiped completely off the face of the Earth, or does some good come out of it?”
    Not at all; I respect everyone’s right to believe whatever they believe.

    “Did you lose any friends because you decided to be an atheist? Did your family flip out?”
    No and no.

    “How do you feel about so-called “militant atheists” such as Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens, and Sam Harris?”
    I admire them for having the courage to challenge taboos against criticizing religion.

    “Except for God, do you believe in anything supernatural or pseudoscientific? (Ghosts, alien abductions, spirits, souls, demons, psychics, magic, Harry Potter, etc.)”
    Nope.

    “What’s your political alignment? Does your atheism influence how you vote and how you feel on issues?”
    Libertarian on personal freedom; democrat on corporate regulation. Atheism does not explicitly influence the way I vote; it’s only one small part of my overall worldview.

    “Even though you’re an atheist, have you ever experienced a moment that could be called “religious?” Like an epiphany about the world or complete peace?”
    Yes, but I wouldn’t call those things religious.

    “Are you spiritual, or are your feet always on the ground?”
    I do not consider myself spiritual at all. I’m pathologically afraid of heights, so yes, feet are always on the ground!

    “Do you have/plan on having a career in the sciences? Alternatively: which branch of science intrigues you most?”
    I do, in a sense. I have a Masters Degree in Library and Information Science, along with a career in a related field.

    “What happens when we die? Do you fear death?”
    Consciousness ends and body decomposes. I wouldn’t say I fear death, but I’m definitely not looking forward to it.

    “Would you ever date/marry somebody who follows a religion? Be honest.”
    No, because I’m happily married to an atheist.

    “On a scale of 1-10, how happy are you with life at this moment, and why?”
    I’d say about an 8. I’m not doing everything I want with my life just yet, but I have a great job, nice home, beautiful wife and amazing family (of three cats…).

    “Recommend a book. :) (Doesn’t have to be relevant to atheism, just any good book.)”
    “Taking Nature by the Hand” by Harold Tichenor is a great, easy-to-read, down-to-earth look at one man’s personal naturalistic philosophy. Highly recommended.

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