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If You Are Atheist But Grew Up In a Home of Faith...
May 8, 2013 at 11:17 PM
Do you miss anything?

I'm just curious. If I were atheist I would really struggle with giving up Pesach/Passover seders.

Or do you still do certain religious holiday celebrations, just without religious significance now? Like Christmas with all of the commercialism & none of the Christ?

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  • ashellbell
    May 8, 2013 at 11:27 PM
    I miss the community. We atheist just sit around and talk about nothing. :-P


    I also miss praying, I really do. I tried praying to the universe not too long ago but it felt awkward.
  • Bookwormy
    May 8, 2013 at 11:30 PM
    Yep, you & Roma both talk about nothing, LOL!


    Quoting ashellbell:

    I miss the community. We atheist just sit around and talk about nothing. :-P





    I also miss praying, I really do. I tried praying to the universe not too long ago but it felt awkward.

  • -Celestial-
    May 8, 2013 at 11:30 PM

    I'm not an atheist but did leave the Church. No, there is absolutely nothing I miss about the church or the traditions. We made our own.

  • parentalrights1
    May 8, 2013 at 11:30 PM
    Not atheist but no longer identify as christian

    I keep up old holiday traditions. Everyone loves the fat chimney dweller and egg shitting rabbit

    And I guess it's still sorta appropriate since I believe in Jesus
  • ReadWriteLuv
    May 8, 2013 at 11:34 PM

    I've been struggling back and forth between being an atheist and an agnostic for years. The one thing I firmly believe though is that Jesus was just a man, a great man, but a regular human man, not the son of God. I was raised Catholic, and I suppose one of the things I miss is the beauty of the church, they're just lovely structures. I suppose I can still admire them from the outside. Someday I would very much like to visit the Vatican. 

    We still do all of the Christian holidays, but don't put any religious connotation on them. I find religion absolutely fascinating, I just don't necessarily buy the sales pitch. 

  • ashellbell
    May 8, 2013 at 11:35 PM
    It's funny because I actually enjoy church. My daughter recently decided to get baptized and it was nice to be in the church with people who had such good energy but I feet like such a poser. After the baptism, the sermon began and in my head I kept wanting to interject. It was such a weird situation.


    Quoting Bookwormy:

    Yep, you & Roma both talk about nothing, LOL!




    Quoting ashellbell:

    I miss the community. We atheist just sit around and talk about nothing. :-P








    I also miss praying, I really do. I tried praying to the universe not too long ago but it felt awkward.


  • justinnaimee
    May 8, 2013 at 11:37 PM
    I don't miss anything. I grew up Mormon and the Church basically dictates your entire life. I'm glad I left more and more as I get older.
  • wickedfiress
    May 8, 2013 at 11:37 PM
    No. My family is large, and most of them are still devout Catholics, so they have plenty of events that I get invited to attend, and I do. :)
  • Bookwormy
    May 9, 2013 at 12:01 AM
    My partner isn't atheist, but is now Pagan. Leaving the Methodist church for her was an act of survival as a lesbian. Still, it was like ripping her insides out, such a loss of community & sense of order & belonging I guess. Seems so sad to me.
  • Bookwormy
    May 9, 2013 at 12:04 AM
    If you believe in Jesus, why aren't you an unaffiliated Christian?


    Quoting parentalrights1:

    Not atheist but no longer identify as christian



    I keep up old holiday traditions. Everyone loves the fat chimney dweller and egg shitting rabbit



    And I guess it's still sorta appropriate since I believe in Jesus

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