My Atheist Story and Our First Kiss (Blogathon 24/49)

adamcollins asks: What’s your atheist story? Did you used to be religious?

I wasn’t raised religious. The only time I attended church as a kid was when we visited my grandmother or if I just went along with a friend from school. As a child I went back and forth, never really sure what to think. I would go through brief periods where I would pray to a vague all-knowing god, but never really subscribed to a particular religion.

That is until my sophomore year in high school. I began to attend a youth group with my boyfriend at the time. I started to attend church with him (a Methodist church) and I loved it. Everyone was so kind and accepted me right away. I joined Brothers and Sisters In Christ at my high school for 2 years. Everything was great at first until I started really thinking about what I was being told. The more I read in the Bible, the more I started to doubt that it could actually be the word of an all-knowing god. There was no definite moment when it happened, I gradually stopped attending church and youth group meetings; I stopped praying and eventually I just declared myself as an agnostic because I felt that I wasn’t educated enough to make a decision about my beliefs. I was also afraid of the “atheist” word until I reached college. Then I joined that Society of Open-Minded Atheists and Agnostics and now I’m happily atheist.

researchtobedone says: Surprised no one has asked about the first kiss yet. I’ll bet that story is adorable. Totally my question.

Alright. Well, I’ll give you a little bit of a back story to start. I was at the SSA conference last July with a couple friends: Amanda and Conrad. Amanda and I had plane tickets for the same flight home, but neither of us realized that we needed to stay in Columbus an extra night after the conference was over. We rushed to the airport to try to fix it and get a flight home the same day the conference ended, but they said it would cost an extra $200 each to leave that day, so we were stuck in Ohio. I texted JT (he was the only person whose number I had who lived in Columbus) and told him Amanda and I were stuck in Columbus and that we were in need of a place to crash.

JT replied that we were welcome to crash at his place on one condition: I had to agree to be his date to karaoke that evening. I thought it was cute and I was grateful that we now had somewhere to go, so I agreed. So that evening at karaoke we flirted back and forth, and at one point we went outside to take a walk and that’s when we kissed. If you’re wondering, he kissed me. :]

Ed Brayton asks: Does JT really think he’s going to beat me at poker, or is he just putting on a brave face or living in utter self-delusion?

Baha, yes. Yes, he does. If he has any doubt, it is well-hidden under his determination (that or his self-delusion).

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About michaelyn

Michaelyn is a student at the University of Kansas. She has a BS in Behavioral Neuroscience and plans to pursue medical school. She's also married to some guy named JT.


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