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Old 03-19-2010, 08:08 AM   #164
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Originally Posted by meloleary View Post
I'm new here; I just found the thread. Thought I'd introduce myself and tell you about my "spiritual journey," just as it is.

When I was young, I though I'd be a rabbi. I majored in philosophy and religion, and I went to a small liberal arts college in Pennsylvania that was affiliated with the United Church of Christ, so I did a fair bit of comparative religion. I fell in love and married an Irish Catholic boy from Boston who was educated for 8 years by nuns and 4 years by Jesuits. We both came from devout-ish families, and we were married by a Jesuit priest and a Reform rabbi in a beautiful ceremony that mixed parts of both faiths that were meaningful to us. We celebrated lots of holidays with both our families and exposed our son to enough of both faiths to allow him to make his own decisions. For a couple of years we attended a Unitarian Universalist church as a family.

Several years ago, it occurred to me to reflect that over thousands of years of human history, virtually every single culture has had a creation myth and a code of ethical behavior. What makes us so certain that the one we ascribe to -- the Judeo-Christian one -- is the only one that is "true?" We've all seen that ghastly bumper sticker -- God said it, I believe it, That settles it. Well, that *doesn't* settle it. That's how I became an atheist.

Welcome Carol! Glad you found us! I myself am a recovering Catholic. Unlike Sewsplendid, I was a slow learner (questioner?) like you. I sort of came by the route of "Why is it ok for for women to be treated like ****?

If you don't mind sharing, has your husband come to question god or is he still a churchgoer? Have you shared your change of mind with anyone?

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