Of the atheists in the world, are more raised atheist or do more convert to atheism?


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Ancient Hippy Profile
Ancient Hippy answered

In my totally unscientific opinion, I believe most are converts from religious backgrounds.

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Ancient Hippy commented
I think that is going to be the trend Taylor. In my age group (I'm older than dirt), most are converts, raising children in an atheist home.
CalTex - Doug Morgan
I agree with Ancient. My wife and I, who are in our sixties, were reared as Christians, but our children, having not been thusly indoctrinated, have remained atheists from birth -- as we all were.
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Ancient Hippy commented
That seems to be the natural flow of things, from birth.
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Ty Hibb answered

I think religion's portrayal of God has made it's fair share of converts. The one's that I have talked with have been significantly affected by what they were told the bible said. I must admit, after have read the bible  a number of times, the church's portrayal of God is very disappointing.

Dakota  Mackenzie Profile

I'm an atheist and everyone In my family is a Christian... I study science and there are many reasons for me to not believe in a god... I'm only 15 and my mom knows my take on religion, she's not happy but hasn't said a word because I always ask a question to stump her :) Christians are afraid of questions like that and have you always noticed you get the same bullsh!t answer? :)

I have a friend who claims to be an atheist, I think she's doing it to rebel, not because of research...

CalTex - Doug Morgan Profile

First, I would question the concept of "converting to atheism".  That is like someone "converting" to being a red head by letting her dyed brunet hair grow out to its natural red color.  The only reason a person is NOT an atheist is that the person converted to a supernatural belief system at some point in that person's life.  Becoming an atheist is not a conversion to atheism.  It is a rejection of theistic belief.

Particularly in the U.S. The vast majority of atheists came from theistic (primarily Christian) backgrounds, but that statistic will change over time as Ancient Hippy and I are "deconverted" Christians who turned out children who remained with their atheist roots into adulthood.

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Taylor Brookes
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Glad we got that cleared up
CalTex - Doug Morgan
Me, too. I enjoyed our exchange because it made me think more deeply about what atheism means to me as an atheist, and how my view is not necessarily the definitive view on atheism by all atheists. That's one of the beauties of atheism. We are not stifled by dogma.
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Well, I don't know what 'dogma' means but I'm glad there are no hard feelings :)
Chewed Bubblegum Profile

I've always had atheist beliefs, but my parents never out right told us kids if God was real and what religion we are (because we don't have one) I've aquired these beliefs on my own

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Darik Majoren answered

"Of the atheists in the world, are more raised atheist or do more convert to atheism?"

I don't believe anyone ever converted to atheism but rather "De-converted" from religion. We are ALL born without any knowledge or belief in God/Gods . . . That is something taught to you via indoctrination. Our natural default is one sans God/Gods. I was once a Born Again Christian, indoctrinated from early childhood, and when seeking further information about the Bible, and religions where the Bible was the center, I found no basis for a belief in ANY God/Gods, and further refute the un-validated Claim in the first place.

As I sought out a way to raise my own children with the benefit of no "Enforced Religion": But knowledge of religion, both children came to the conclusion of no belief in God/Gods. My oldest actually considered himself an Evolutionary Theist for a while, before coming to his own conclusion of Atheism . . . I think as more and more Atheist marry and have children with both parties Atheist . . . Less and less children will be indoctrinated to believe in God/Gods.

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Cookie Hill answered

People have converted to being atheists because of what has been done in the name of religion. The wars, hatred, crime and violence all in the name of religion.

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