I love how eloquently John has stated the turmoil here between beliefs. His thoughts are a mirror for me but he has the ability to put it into words.
I grew up in an Italian Irish family. What else would I be except a devout Catholic? The bigger question is how did I go from being a Catholic to an Atheist or at least a 75% percent Atheist? I now claim I am seventy-five percent Atheist and twenty-five percent Agnostic. I will explain this formula later.
Well, my journey from one God to no God started many years ago and perhaps mimics the trajectory of many a lapsed Catholic. Went to a Catholic school. Lots of Catholic theology. Bible study each week. Surrounded by priests and nuns. Confession on Fridays followed by ten “Our Fathers” and twenty or so “Hail Marys.” Church and communion on Sunday. Back to being bad, masturbating and thinking dirty thoughts about the girl in the pew next to me on Mondays. She kept wearing skirts that hiked up above her knees when she sat…
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