It all has to begin somewhere. It is theorized that life on earth started in vast oceans rich with inorganic compounds and a hot and toxic atmosphere. My beginnings in the blogosphere are similar, even if only metaphorically speaking. The net is a vast "soup" of digital signals and information rich with bits, bytes; ones and zeros. The atmosphere of this digital world is full of misinformation, pseudo science, and writings toxic to our gullible minds.
This being my first blog, I decided to theme it around to two very important topics; Skepticism and Atheism. My skepticism started at an early age when I started to question the religious beliefs of my Christian parents. When we are all young, we are all impressionable and will believe anything we are taught by our parents and elders. Perfect examples of this are Santa Clause and the Easter bunny. We are taught that a man travels around the world in a sleigh pulled by flying reindeer to deliver presents to all the "good" children of the world, and all of this is accomplished on one single night! And we believe it. Why you may ask? It's because they are authority figures and to us, they know everything. And the same goes for or belief that a rabbit delivers chocolate eggs and other confectionary goodies... while carrying a basket! So when I was taught about the Baptist religion and their god, I believed. I didn't know better at the time. But as the saying goes, "with comes wisdom".
I started to question such things as "the great flood". If Noah brought a male and a female of every species on the ark, where are all the dinosaurs? If the aquatic dinosaurs swam, and would not be affected by higher flood waters, where are they now? If god created the heavens and the earth, then who created god? If it is a sin to kill, why is it ok to stone sinners to death? Whenever I questioned these further, I was told the bible was infallible. If man is not perfect and bound to make mistakes, and the bible is written by numerous men, isn't there chance that parts of the bible are wrong? Or "I don't fell well".
My family and friends at church were not "fundies" or hardcore "bible beaters". They provided me with love, kindness and all the tenderness and caring a child could need. I wasn't spoiled either. I also had rules that a child of non-religious parents would have, as well as the discipline too. Even though I was taught that a highly improbable god and highly improbable miracles were real, I would not trade my upbringing for anything.
Being an atheist with my religious upbringing, I disagree with the viewpoint of some of the hardcore, religion bashing atheists. Yes religion is nonsense, I won't argue that. I draw the line when it comes to the disrespect that some Christians, Muslims, Catholics, Jews, etc., who are not "fundies" that try to force their beliefs on others no matter the cost. The believers that are not fundamentalists are, for the most part, kind, caring and compassionate members of the human race. It is a shame that they are taught falsehoods and fallacies as well as that there is always an answer to every question; the bible and their god. It is ok to say "I don't know" and look for the most plausible answer.
Enough of my ramblings for now. It's not perfect. It could be debated whether or not it was even worth typing. That is for you, my readers, to decide. Just as all life on earth has done for billions of years, I'm sure, (at least I hope), that my posts evolve into a better form then the very first post