Internet Atheism

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Like the majority of young people who grew up in religious environments – particularly those from non-Christian backgrounds – my first interaction with atheism was also my first meaningful engagement with the internet. In these atheist forums I found a race and class-blind safe space, one in which I could express a private contempt for the theological doctrine I had been forced to study during my years in religious school. Indeed, in those atheist communities on the now defunct Totse.com, eBaum’s World and, eventually, the darker corners of Myspace, I found a community in which I could reject the identity I was born into, and instead forge a new one on my own terms… More at Vice.

Possibly worth a read depending on your view point.

One thought on “Internet Atheism

  1. Yeah those guys can be pretty gross.
    I’m sympathetic to some parts of their outlook, I guess; it was the overabundance of religions and well-meaning adherents to conflicting cosmologies that can’t ALL possibly be true that led me to leave religious beliefs behind- though perhaps my own faith as a teenager, while not dogmatic or fundamentalist (at least by American standards) saying “well yeah, maybe Genesis is just the poetic retelling of planetary formation etc”, was rather too brittle, in demanding that everything be objectively true, not just morally useful or emotionally nurturing.

    One way I look at it now is that we tend to judge religions by a certain moral code, right? Like a religion that doesn’t support kindness or promotes bad behavior like rape or violence, we can condemn that. So the impulse is to ditch the religion and stick to what we can morally agree on without the supernatural justification… but I think these boys show that can be a very fraught territory, and you can get it terribly wrong.

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