A Deep River Naturalist
Posted: 13 September 2012 04:26 AM   [ Ignore ]
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I don’t quite expect many of you to know where Deep River is, but it’s a small town of 5000 in Ontario, and is home to seven different churches. I had the misfortune of being raised in the catholic church. I’ve also had the misfortune to be the only member of my family to outright contest the word and existence of god.

My immediate family is fairly relaxed in terms of religion but my parents still go to church every Sunday even though they realize a number of the discrepancies in the ‘good book’ and in simply trying to live life by such ridiculousness.

My brother and sister both believe in god in one way or another but are fairly quiet about it and are probably better off for it when I’m around. I waste no time disposing of silly arguments that people come up with in terms of what religion and faith can do for me in my life.

I would call myself an atheist, but I feel, like Dawkins and Grayling say, since I don’t draw attention to my non-belief in fairies and goblins and don’t call myself an a-fairyist, why should I bother to call myself an atheist?

I much prefer Grayling’s take on naturlism. So if I need be categorized in one way or another, I would be a Grayling-Naturalist.

I look forward to some great discussion over these forums!

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Posted: 13 September 2012 03:41 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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Welcome to the forums!!

Poke around and join some discussions.

Take care,

Derek

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Posted: 13 September 2012 03:53 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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Thanks very much for the welcome. Instantly more welcoming than the ‘Raving Atheists’ forum.

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Posted: 13 September 2012 04:01 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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Well… What did you expect from them? They are ‘raving’.  LOL

Take care,

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Posted: 13 September 2012 04:14 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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I suppose I expected more humour than madness…oops.

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Posted: 13 September 2012 05:00 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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Yeah, we’re fairly laid back, here. smile

Quoting GH:

I’ve also had the misfortune to be the only member of my family to outright contest the word and existence of god.

  Hey, I’d say that’s your good fortune rather than misfortune.  LOL

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Posted: 13 September 2012 06:54 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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Occam. - 13 September 2012 05:00 PM

  Hey, I’d say that’s your good fortune rather than misfortune.  LOL

Too true

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Posted: 13 September 2012 08:04 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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Welcome.  I think you will enjoy it here, so jump right in and join the conversations.

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Posted: 14 September 2012 05:58 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]
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Thanks so much. I haven’t done much here yet and I already am enjoying it!

Looking forward to some great discussions.

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Posted: 15 September 2012 02:06 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 9 ]
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Wow, G-H, you are certainly right.  You mentioned the “Raving Atheists” forum so I thought I’d check it out.  Quite bizarre.  First, I tried to register and was told my e-mail address had been banned, although I had never even heard of them before.  Second, as I tried to go through, even as a visitor, at various steps I kept being asked to enter the answer to the squiggly letters from reCAPTCHA, a really defective program supposedly designed to catch auto- or robo-posting.

In addition, most of the sub-forums seemed to be aimed at very young, angry atheists who are still ruled completely by their emotions.

I suppose I could be accused of being xenophobic, but every time I go to one of the other non-theist sites I’m happier with this one.

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Posted: 15 September 2012 03:14 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 10 ]
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Well, I’m glad you checked it out to have that experience, but yeah, CFI is pretty damn solid in terms of quality. I thank you for that.

I think it helps that CFI is a broader organization than jusut a forum for people to unleash hate. It helps that the Centre for Inquiry has a mandate; a mission. ‘Raving Atheists’...the clue is sort of in the title.

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