The Biggest Joke Book on Earth

By Carl S ~

Back in the 1960's there was a popular TV series called “Get Smart.” The show was a spoof of James Bond-type counter-espionage. Agent 86, a.k.a. “Smart,” was played by Don Adams. I didn't see many episodes, but I do remember a gag he often repeated. When Smart reported to the head of his agency, he would sometimes say things like, “Would you believe there were 200 of them?” There would be a long pause, and then, “Would you believe 100? What about 75?”

Would you believe this report: a guy fed 5000 men with 5 loaves of bread and two fishes? Well, would you believe 50 loaves and 200 fishes? Would you believe 500 men, and no women and children? Didn't you believe me when I told you he also walked on water? Would you believe me if I said the lake was frozen? Would you believe a man lived to be 400 years old, and then he built a gigantic boat, when any 100 year old man would have trouble building a ship model? What else?

One commentator wrote about an atheist mother…

How did you Break the Spell?

By Zeteothink ~

Having been raised by Baptist Missionary parents I was indoctrinated into fundamentalism since birth. Being African-American I was surrounded by a Theist community as well. Late in life it has taken me a few short years to reject the theology of my youth, and now I have abandoned my belief in the "Supernatural" entirely - "No Gods, Ghouls or Ghosts" for me!"

I consider religious books ( namely the Bible) as a volume of quasi-historical narratives and rituals, infused with metaphor, magic and plain ole' first century ignorance of science and the natural world! As someone who is non-superstitious you can rightly call me an Atheist.

This is my first time at this site and I feel a kinship to people who have been through a De-conversion. It is truly refreshing to hear so many stories of human triumph over indoctrination.

Enough about me...Everyone here has a story! This is a site truly devoted for people in various stages of disbelief. It is a safe zone to share our journey.

Feel free to share just one or more issues that led to your secular mentality. If you feel so inclined try and answer the following question.

Question: What is the first book you read that truly questioned the foundations of religion and why? ( for me, my first book was Bart Erhman's "Misquoting Jesus.")

Peace and Greater understanding!