Conversion to atheism, or how I learned to stop worrying and love living without mythos

Posted as a comment in but I wanted to save it for myself too.
I believe there’s a sort of cognitive dissonance going on in some cases, where children are taught that science/observation/experimentation/reason is a good tool for testing knowledge and understanding, and then taught on Sundays that all that doesn’t apply to God and related mythos. I also think that everyone’s reaction to it is different… maybe it depends on whether a child is taught early on to think, learn, solve problems and adapt, or whether a child is taught to obey and not question.

In my case my parents pretty much were agnostic so they didn’t feed me religion and just sort of left it up to me to decide what to believe. I was pretty much godless from the start. I attended a church in my teens but it was a pretty open, accepting “we respect all faiths” type of place. I liked it for its spirituality-without-much-mythos, community, and contemplation.

I got ordained by Universal Life, on the website, so I could perform a wedding for someone — instead of a Bible I held my leather-bound Japanese/English dictionary in my hand while solemnizing the union. Since being ordained I’ve become aware of how seriously I take my service to others. I consider myself an Atheist Minister. Just because I have no mythos doesn’t mean I can’t counsel people and teach them to connect with their own self-examination, conscience and wisdom.

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