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Seeking faith as an atheist.

I've been an atheist for most of my life. I've never been to a formal church service outside of a wedding or a funeral. Recently I've realized that I politically agree with the leftist interpretation of the teachings of Christ. I still don't believe in the supernatural aspects of the Christian faith. Would it be wrong for me to seek out a left leaning sect like Unitarians? I'm worried that this is, at the very least, intellectually dishonest to my own beliefs, and more likely, selfish for the church I'd pursue. I'm looking for guidance on how to proceed. I apologize if I've offended the faithful with a misunderstanding of their beliefs. Part of my desire for this is that of community and connection with fellow left leaning folks.
posted by anonymous on Jul 2, 2014 - 41 answers

Recommended reading on religion and natural laws?

I am a scientifically-minded person who is trying to sort out my religious beliefs. I think it would be helpful to read some debates between deism, atheism, pantheism (Spinozism), and/or a scientifically-grounded theism. Can anyone recommend me books or essays that discuss these topics in ways that are engaging, well-thought-out, and thorough? [more inside]
posted by capricorn on Mar 19, 2013 - 16 answers

Help me find this George Carlin quote about prayer?

Where can I find the George Carlin quote, "Before every football game, both teams pray they'll win. One team always loses." [more inside]
posted by incandescentman on Jan 30, 2013 - 4 answers

Adam and who now?

How do atheist or otherwise non-religious parents teach their kids about the Abrahamic mythology? [more inside]
posted by looli on Jan 24, 2013 - 44 answers

Converting a 10 year old Christian to atheism through books.

Converting a 10 year old Christian to atheism through books. [more inside]
posted by facehugger on Jul 30, 2012 - 41 answers

What's the deal with meditation?

How and why does meditation work? How does one do it properly (that is, in the way in which one may extract the most benefits)? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 29, 2012 - 29 answers

Alternative to God?

What if you don't believe in God anymore? What then? [more inside]
posted by triggerfinger on May 6, 2012 - 63 answers

I confirm that this is a sticky situation!

What should I get my sister for her (Roman Catholic) confirmation? Wrinkle: I'm an atheist. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 4, 2012 - 31 answers

Help me find this guy!

Help me identify a participant in a long-form debate on religion, who rebuffed a strict atheist. [more inside]
posted by Drexen on Feb 21, 2012 - 9 answers

How prevalent was atheism in ancient civilizations?

How prevalent was atheism in ancient civilizations? [more inside]
posted by Lownotes on Feb 7, 2012 - 33 answers

The way things are going, they're gonna ...

Conversations with my Father-in-law have lead him to lose his faith in God. My mother-in-law is not coping well with this and blames me. What do I do? [more inside]
posted by holdkris99 on Jan 5, 2012 - 26 answers

How does one apostatise from the Church of England, and what are the (practical) consequences?

IrreligionFilter: When I was around 12 I was baptised and confirmed into the Church of England. I no longer consider myself as theist. What are my options for formally renouncing my religious past (apostatising)? [more inside]
posted by fakelvis on Sep 28, 2011 - 34 answers

lying is a sin, but it'll probably make them happy

My father unexpectedly passed away last weekend from a heart attack. I am not religious. Part of my family, and most of our community of friends & extended family, are. Help me navigate the religious talk without either going on the defensive, or being complacent. [more inside]
posted by raztaj on Jul 20, 2011 - 8 answers

I Don't Believe in God Anymore

I have just recently realized I don't believe in god. It's difficult because my father was a Presbyterian minister. [more inside]
posted by wv kay in ga on Dec 15, 2010 - 52 answers

interfaith for the faithful and faithless

Are there any organizations, non-profits, etc. that support or encourage building relationships and positive dialogue between atheists/agnostics and various religious groups? Like interfaith organizations, but including the faithless.
posted by raztaj on Dec 1, 2010 - 5 answers

I just want to make my own choices!

Atheist and (closet) atheist couple. Parents want a catholic wedding and lots more hassle from us. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 20, 2010 - 44 answers

A kinder, gentler atheism?

After several years of soul searching, I have decided that at best, I'm agnostic, and am borderline atheist. The main reason can be traced to too much skepticism and rational thinking - I simply don't believe that a supernatural god can bend the rules of nature. We as a society are getting too advanced for religion, and science is starting to explain a lot of what we chalked up to a divine being. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 29, 2010 - 34 answers

I want to believe...except maybe not.

Is it possible for a rather hardcore atheist to find some sort of spirituality again? Long, but I attempted to keep it concise. [more inside]
posted by LokiBear on Mar 24, 2010 - 52 answers

I’d like advice on how to either leave my church as gracefully as possible, or find a way to reconcile my lack of faith with my continued church membership.

I’d like advice on how to either leave my church as gracefully as possible, or find a way to reconcile my lack of faith with my continued church membership. [more inside]
posted by cheapskatebay on Nov 25, 2009 - 28 answers

Letting go of God: Help me deal with my atheism and the five stages of grief. I'm in the fourth stage now.

Please give advice on how to accept my atheism, let go of God and the need for one, how to get over the fourth stage of grief/letting go (depression), and how to find my passion for life again! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 18, 2009 - 46 answers

Where did Kurt Vonnegut describe Unitarianism as atheism with hymns?

I need help tracking down a Kurt Vonnegut quote which says roughly that Unitarianism is 'atheism with hymns.' [more inside]
posted by Kattullus on Sep 3, 2009 - 17 answers

Deconverting Christians

How do I convince [the more liberal] Christians to become atheists? (Issues you have with the wording of this question are likely addressed inside.) [more inside]
posted by LSK on Sep 3, 2009 - 83 answers

Help this struggling atheist get over her desire to believe.

After years of drifting along as a "spiritual but not religious" believer I am beginning to come to terms with the fact that I'm not actually a believer at all. I am an atheist with a lingering but unwanted desire to believe and it is making me miserable. Can you help me move past this? [more inside]
posted by lysistrata on Feb 6, 2009 - 77 answers

Religion, the non-believer and worthwhile relationships.

Myself: atheist. SO: Lutheran. Not too long ago she sent me an email to say that at some point in the future she would like to talk about the religious card and its possible effect on our relationship. Any thoughts on how to approach this? Hints have been dropped here and there at her wanting to finally discuss this. [more inside]
posted by roooooot on Aug 27, 2008 - 20 answers

Help my niece free her mind

What are good techniques to deprogram a Christian fundamentalist? [more inside]
posted by plexi on Jul 28, 2008 - 53 answers

eBay shipper sent me a religious tract - should I note this in feedback?

An eBay purchase just arrived. I have no complaint at all about the item, and it was shipped quickly. The seller included a religious tract in the package, though, which bugs me. I would like to note this in the feedback, politely, as a negative. It seems reasonable to note something about the transaction that I disliked, but worry that it may not be worth the potential hassle. [more inside]
posted by Cranialtorque on Jul 26, 2008 - 82 answers

"What's your religion?" Why do they care?

Why did the emergency-room clerk want to know my wife's religion? [more inside]
posted by grumblebee on Jan 9, 2008 - 30 answers

Converts to atheism or theism

Name some prominent converts to either atheism or theism. [more inside]
posted by keith0718 on Jul 24, 2007 - 45 answers

What is involved in a Catholic wedding couples consultation?

Pre-marriage Catholic priest consultation - what to expect? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 26, 2007 - 29 answers

In search of good religious discussion

Where can I find serious religious debate/discussion? I'm looking for a place to read and maybe discuss religious views (primarily Christian-based) that don't constantly delve into ranting and/or idiocy. [more inside]
posted by bluejayk on Oct 26, 2006 - 21 answers

In marriage, what is more powerful: Love or God?

I love my wife. She is deeply religious. I have become an atheist. Do I tell her? What now? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 5, 2006 - 70 answers

Whom do we sacrifice our virgins to now?

Has there ever been an atheist civilization\tribe? [more inside]
posted by pantsrobot on Aug 22, 2006 - 15 answers

Should my kids go to a Unitarian Universalist church?

Unitarian Universalism - is it for atheists/non-theists/skeptics/secular humanists who want a sense of community, or is it really a gathering place for people of different faiths to find common ground? [more inside]
posted by tom_g on Feb 28, 2006 - 49 answers

My dad doesn't like my religion.

How do I get my father to understand me? [more inside]
posted by bigmusic on Feb 13, 2006 - 33 answers

Losing faith

Atheists, when did you lose your faith? [more inside]
posted by borkingchikapa on Mar 14, 2005 - 147 answers

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