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Hudfather

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Hello. My name is Matt, and I'm an atheist. A humanist, but not a Humanist. I'm not naturally drawn to collective identities in any form, but I shall do my very best here (I can be persuaded to meetings if they are in a pub, if that helps).

The main reason I am getting angry as an atheist is because of the indoctrination in schools. Suffice to say that I object to the choice of telling my children that their teachers are deluded/liars, or ostracize them by withdrawing them from religious elements. Like many of you I suppose, I had a good education in Christianity. I've always felt that this has armed me well against those that take it seriously, but this is no reason to perpetuate the indoctrination. Religious thought could be incorporated into Ethics & Philosophy teaching from age 5.

Well, that's my mandatory rant done. Thanks for having me.
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HI Hudfather,
Looks like you've had a similar experience to me. I'm having real trouble with my son's C of E school and thier religious content. I'm hoping this forum/website may give me the answers i need.
Jules.


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Hudfather

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Hi Jules,
I'm afraid it's a bit quiet on here & I'm not sure if many of the members are still watching the forum. Maybe once the holiday season is over we'll see more activity! 
Cheers,
Matt
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I have just registered. I am not sure if this is how to introduce myself, but here goes.
I am 72, I was the head teacher of Godmanchester Primary School for eighteen years. Retiring in 1999. 
I have been an atheist for most of my life.
Recently I have been communicating with a couple of theologians and a vicar on Ask.Rev. I am fascinated to try to understand what makes people become and remain religious in this day and age. I find the communications fascinating, if a little disturbing. As a result of my communications and significant personal thoughts and writing related to the topic, I have written a booklet entitled 'Does God make sense, a booklet for ordinary people'. I have finally realised that working alone on such matters makes me feel at times that I may be just an egomaniacal eccentric and so have joined the Sec today. Does anyone else feel like me or am I an oddball.
I have a user name 
Soloman but my name is Brian

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Hi there! I suspect many atheists feel a little isolated really as, despite the name, we do take an interest in religious issues and comment on them. For younger generations, the idea of a choice between religion and atheism seems a little unreal. They tend to take the view that this is an area that has no interest for them at all and they just ignore it. 

I'd be interested in the site you mention for discussion with vicars etc. Could you post the url, please? I am a graduate in Divinity (its what they call it in Scotland)  and find the history and texts fascinating but not of value in finding out about a non-existent god. 
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You may be interested in Michael Green's book 'Lies, Lies, Lies'. I have had some contact with him but as they said of Thatcher 'the lady's (man) is not for turning'.
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