|I'm always surprised at people's reluctance to acknowledge their atheism. Most of my friends and acquaintances have absolutely no involvement in any type of religion, apart from an occasional appearance at a church for an unavoidable obligation. They have next to no knowledge of what the Bible says, or what their supposed religion believes or teaches. In fact most of what they believe and think is in direct contradiction to nearly every organized religion's major tenets.
Yet make the claim that they're an atheist? "Oh I'm not an atheist. There has to be something." Does there? I feel like that's just a remnant of growing up in a majority Christian nation, likely to Christian-ish parents. The very idea of atheism is so abhorrent to some people that they won't even consider it as an option. I understand it can be scary to acknowledge that there's probably no god and probably no afterlife. But clinging to bits of a secondhand religion while being too afraid or unwilling to come to terms with what you actually believe seems a bit shortsighted. Admitting to atheism doesn't effectively change your life much, but it's admirable to be intellectually honest with yourself. #religion