June Reilly, a past president of the Humanists of the San Joaquin Valley, is an atheist, and explains why with grace and wit. Well, explains why.
Why I am an atheist
by June Reilly
I am an atheist because, I had searched and searched in my youth for spirituality, through Xtianity, eastern philosophies, looking up at the stars, praying etc... It all really started when I took a Western Civ class in Jr. college back in the 70's with professor Porges. He was a cool old man with a corn cob pipe. When he got into religions and taught how we went from monotheism to polytheism it started to hit me that gods were man made. Of course it was a lot more involved than that but that's what sent me on my journey. What I have found in my search is that there is nothing there. Spirituality, to me, is more to do with adrenalin rush than outside influence. You get excited about something and your adrenalin makes you high. I can do that by going out and breathing deep fresh air, or running... of course I'm gasping and wheezing all the way. Also, there is far more evidence to disprove an existence of omnipotence then there is to prove it. In fact, I have never seen any real proof of an existence of anything bigger than us out there, besides nature and the universe that is. I believe in things that are tangible, faith in something out there is not tangible. If god exists and loved his children so much then (s)he should stop all this pussy footing around, un-confuse everybody, stop the devisiveness and show his/her bloody ass. (Sorry, I get carried away). Some people think I'm pissed at god, no, I'm not. I can't be pissed at something that does not exist. If you look around at all the beliefs in god, he/she/it is usually what the person or culture decide they need him to be which is proof positive to me that god is man made. I also believe in logic and reason and a supernatural being that won't show itself does not fit into logic and reason.
Also, I don't believe Christ ever existed. There is absolutely no historical evidence, written documentation of such a man other than the bible and I don't believe the bible is a good account of history. It would take me forever to explain but there is an excellent site at http://www.truthbeknown.com/origins.htm . These things I've known for years, long before the net but it was a good find for me, easier than remembering it all.
I also have a major big problem with all the atrocities committed in the name of deities and how if something existed and it didn't do something major to prevent these things happing in it's name then I couldn't be a party to it even if it did exist.
June Reilly <juneandmike (at) sierratel (dot) com>