Founder, Author, Web Admin
I search for truth through evidence. I’ve learned to put ego and tribe to one side and admit when I am wrong. I welcome any challenge you bring to the table.
I grew up going to Christian schools, saying the Lord’s prayer daily, singing hymns, and to start, I never questioned anything. The more I learned about Christianity the more questions it raised that were unanswered. Eventually I lost my faith in Christianity but as with most theists, rather than embracing atheism I clung to the ideology there was “something” out there. I explored a number of different religions, and found I quite liked the pagan ones.
As I dug in to all of these religions I found a distinct lack of evidence to back up any claims, and so many seemed to steal stories from each other and rebrand them.
The lack of evidence, the lack of sense, the errors and contradictions in various holy books all pushed me away from theism till I eventually regarded myself as an agnostic atheist, and now atheist. – Although really I am not a fan of that. I don’t regard atheism as part of my identity, it is just my position on one topic. I like to think of myself as a Humanist or an Equalist but I also know I am far from perfect.
After investigating religions to quite an extent I felt I was done with it until I met a Young-Earth Creationist about 7 years ago. I knew there were people who thought that God made us, but I wasn’t aware there were people that rejected evolution, let alone claimed the world is circa 6000 years old.
I found I quite enjoyed debating with him; it encouraged me research his claims and the science that would either back up or debunk it. My mind was on fire, I was learning so much. I became addicted and found groups on Facebook I could debate in too, although eventually I found the debate largely fruitless.
Even so, I learned about the atrocities that happened around the world in the name of religion. The bigotry and hate that spawned from it. And also learned of other things such as the anti-vaccination movement. I felt compelled to speak out against these things. How people could use a baseless belief or hearsay to do and say terrible things and feel justified mortified me.
The more I have learned both scientifically and philosophically I have come to dislike terms and definitions like “lack of belief in gods“. I do not believe god(s) exist and am happy to discuss my reasoning.
Davidian’s Personal Goals on Answers in Reason
Primarily I manage the site, our Twitter, Instagram, Admin our Debate group and FB Page, but I do have a few articles too. I used to take great pleasure in debating and learning about different faiths but now most of my attention is on science and philosophy. I do like hearing new claims, researching as best I can and sharing my knowledge. I spend more time speaking to science deniers than those of faith. My hope is that I can at least reason with those who think the earth is flat or vaccinations are bad…
My biggest goal is personal growth, both in knowledge and experience. Any day I don’t learn something is a bit of a failure on my part. I hope to impart my knowledge and help build a better world for all, even if it is just one person’s life I improve then I feel that I have achieved something.
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