I was directed to your website by one of my friends who upon reading this site told me that he thought I could have written. In all honesty I couldn’t say that I disagreed with him too much.
After reading through a fair amount of your site, I really haven’t found myself disagreeing with you once. I’ve determined that you’ve developed all of your opinions a good deal more then I have ever taken the time to. While I tend to live my life by a moral code of sorts I’ve never felt the need to write it down, because I personally know what is wrong and right Which has been more then enough for me.
Having said this I have an immense respect for 2Q, because of instead of writing a book concerned with atheist morality. You’ve written a book outlining a universal moral code that is applicable to anyone.
I have just one question for you that I suppose could take a bit of explaining (and might be on your site somewhere if it is just link me). I determined I was an atheist at a very young age, around 8 or 9. It was a bit of a shock to my Christian parents, at the time my mother thought it was just a phase I was going through (I’m 18 now so I think she’s given up on the phase theory) and of course they exposed me to a variety of things attempting to show me how Christianity was believable. Which most likely due to my stubbornness only further cemented me in atheism. This is all a little off topic though. When I was eight or however old I was, I just didn’t believe in god. For whatever reason the concept just didn’t click in my mind. Its not like I had developed an incredibly rational thinking mind at the time, but I didn’t think there was a god.
My question to you is how exactly did you decide you were an atheist and not a Christian (sorry if this is on your blog somewhere).
Also I’d like to say thank you, because your one of the people that give atheists a good name.
Wow — thanks for all the kind words!
To answer your question, I can’t really say when I became an atheist. There was a time when I was in high school and college that I was doing a lot of research into religion, trying to find one that made more sense to me (I assumed that there was one out there). As I did my research and talked with religious people — priests, street preachers, friends, people at revival meetings, etc. — I found my need to believe in God just fading away.
There were two specific incidents I can remember that left a big impression. One was when I read a book on a non-Christian religion and realized that it made just as much sense as Christianity. The other was when I was reading the Bible through for the first time and called my best friend who was a born-again Christian to ask some questions about Genesis. This friend was one of the smartest women I knew, but when I started asking questions about the Bible, she had no answers of her own. Instead, she asked her pastor (or someone like that) for answers, eventually ending the conversation by telling me that I really shouldn’t be questioning the Bible that way. It was a real shock to me to see this dear friend shut her brain down like that.
I hope that answers your question!
One minor correction I want to make to something you said: 2Q isn’t a book about a universal moral code. Rather, it is a book about how to examine your own moral code — whatever that might be — and see if it is valid. It definitely applies to anyone, no matter what their religious standing.
Thanks again for writing!