About Aidan I was brought up in a “strong” southern Baptist home. As a Baptist, I believed in a literal interpretation of the Bible. After falling in love and getting my heart broken I became a professional alcoholic. I am not certain about the specifics of the next year and a half. I was having tons of fun, but I had become an extremely self-destructive person. I lived to drink and I was very successful at it because I would drink to excess six, something seven nights a week. I could not hold down a job but I somehow found a way to feed my habit. However, I eventually found the motivation to overcome my addiction and I stopped drinking "cold turkey". So like every “good” Christian who had a problem, I went to the Bible for help. It seemed like I was reading the Bible for the first time, but in reality this was merely the first time I was reading it objectively. I realized that I could trace the lineage from Adam to Jesus using the Bible, so I set out to do exactly that. I was shocked to determine that the Bible indicated that the Earth/Universe was only about 6000 years old. I immediately knew that there was something wrong with that determination. I did not know the age of the Earth or the Universe but I did know that the dinosaurs had died out 65 million years ago. As a kid, I was fascinated with dinosaurs and sharks, and I knew that I was one hundred percent correct on that date. When I later looked up the age of the Earth and the Universe up on the internet I could no longer ignore the fact that I had stumbled on: the Bible was wrong! If the Bible was wrong then I could no longer justify my belief in a Christian God. The idea scared me to death and I decided to ignore all such trains of thought for the time being. Southern Baptists are conditioned to fear hell on an unconscious level and any thought that questioned the existence of God was a first class ticket to hell. I did my best to put such evil thoughts out of my mind. Despite my close encounter with atheism, I continued to educate myself. I read Plato, Buddha, Friedrich Nietzsche, Aristotle, Sigmund Freud, Ayn Rand and many others philosophers. Their combined wisdom caused my unspoken atheism to grow stronger. It was not, however, till I saw an interview with Richard Dawkins that my perspective changed. He was discussing his book “The Selfish Gene” and talking openly about his atheism. Seeing Dawkins talk with such confidence about being an atheist allowed to find the confidence within myself to acknowledge my atheism. While I started out a full-fledged atheist, I now see myself as an atheist in respect to all theistic Gods, but more agnostic in respect to deistic ones. My path to enlightenment took me to APSU where I recently got my B.S. in Psychology. I recently started a masters in Public Health with a concentration in Social and Behavioral Sciences. I have finished my first book, "God Hates Faith: The Absurdity of Faith-Based Morality", and it will be published when I feel the time is right.
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