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Ask An Atheist: Why don’t you believe in God?

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By Jim Downard

Why don’t you believe in God anymore?

You are proceeding from a false assumption.  At no time in my life did I have a belief in the reality of any gods (which I imagine includes whatever one you believe in), so it is not a matter of not believing “anymore.”  You might similarly ask yourself, at what point did you come to believe in the particular god you believe is real?  Was that the one of your parents or cultural group?  If you had switched gods along the way, why do you think that?
There are certainly many mixes of how and why individuals end up with the beliefs they do (and remember, no matter which god you believe to be true, or how generally popular that believe may appear to you in your cultural frame, most of the people on earth do not share your belief, and this has been the case all through human history).

About Jim Downard

Jim Downard is a Spokane native (with a sojourn in Southern California back in the early 1960s) who was raised in a secular family, so says had no personal faith to lose.

He's always been a history and science buff (getting a bachelor's in the former area at what was then Eastern Washington University in the early 1970s).

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  1. I think the world would be better off being atheist

  2. Who cares? I’ve often taken solace and found refuge in the notion of an all loving and accepting God at times when I felt rejected by people. So if God is a delusion, and there is no powerful loving being beyond myself… there’s no one who cares for me, and for humanity. That’s kind of a depressing thought.

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