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Thursday, February 16, 2012
I have been raised in a Catholic environment since birth. My entire early Childhood was spent in the general company of religious people, Catholic and non-Catholic. Unlike the people around me, I was never the kind of person who viewed people of other religion (or lack thereof) as being different. To me it was never "my Jewish friend Matt" or "my atheist friend Lewis". It was midway during middle school that I began to take notice of just how much people around me tried to separate themselves from the non-religious. By some strange coincidence, this was also the time I began to distance myself from this community. By the time I was in high school, the majority of my friends were atheist/agnostic/non-practicing religious.
The difference was crazy. These people enjoyed talking about their beliefs. They questioned the environment around them. People were not excluded because they didn't go to church, but rather unquestioningly accepted for who they were. I loved it. I felt like I was part of group for who I was, not because of where I spent my Sundays. I did not shun my old community, or renounce my religion, but I didn't adhere to it's "suggested" way of life. It was liberating I have never gone back.
I now consider myself an agnostic-Christian. I do not pretend to know for certain that there is a God, but I believe there is. As a result, I try to maintain a completely unbiased standpoint on any matters of religion that I come across. The purpose of this blog is to discuss issues of religious debate from an entirely neutral standpoint. I cannot stress enough how important religious freedom is to me. If there is one thing I cannot stand, it is people who pretend to be religious whilst chastising Atheists for their views. I will never try to convince anyone of my personal beliefs. Rather, I will write keeping both sides in mind, the purpose being to serve as a sort of middle ground for both of the environments I have lived in.
Posted by Mike Morris at 6:33 PM