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  •  It's a tempting explanation. (9+ / 0-)

    And to be sure, watching hypocrites didn't make me any more proud of my religion when I had it. But I don't really think that's it.

    Theodicy was a big part of it for me; in the information age, I am hyperaware that people get away as if the world had no sense of justice, in a way that I don't think the earlier generations were. I'm also introduced to other cultures from an early age and can see parallels in how they think and act that make it hard for me to weigh the beliefs of another as inferior or superior to someone else's. Usually, anyway, I admit there's one or two religions out there that I have a bad reaction to.

    At least as far as the proselytizing religions go - Christianity, Islam, Mahayana Buddhism (which account for most of the world), if God can't seem to do a thing about making sure that people get what they deserve, and we're at the point where we are capable of altering the weather, we are capable of bringing back people from near death, we are capable of speaking (well, googling) in tongues...

    What good is he? Why should we believe?

    At least, that's how I and a lot of my friends see it. If it were merely disgust at hypocrisy, well, that's how other religions win converts. I don't think it is a primary source of atheism or agnosticism.

    •  Theodicy isn't a bad idea to become an Atheist... (4+ / 0-)

      ...but for me, it was, when I was nine years old, that the concept of god made no sense -- because, ironically, I watched Carl Sagan's Cosmos on PBS.

      In 1981, when I was about nine years old, this series was all-the-rage. Everyone was talking about it. I watched the entire series, from start to end. And when I watched the final episode, I realized that there was no god above the clouds.

      What was above the clouds was space. Deep, deep space -- like Deep Space 9 space.

      And that did it for me. I've never thought that god existed ever since.

      Oh -- and the irony is that Carl Sagan believed in god.

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