Give up religion for Lent

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While driving by a nearby rib joint I noticed they had this written on their outside sign board

All-you-can-eat Fish on Fridays

That reminded me that Lent is close at hand.

Lent, the period between Ash Wednesday and Easter in the Roman Catholic (and most Christian) calendar arrives on February 21st. Most Catholic friends of mine abstain eating meat on Fridays. I once had dinner with a friend, on a Friday, late during Lent and when I asked what was for dinner, he said, “Pancakes..” It seemed his family was fished out.

It was very weird having Pancakes with all the fixings in the evening. I tried to get my Mom to do it for fun once but she refused. “Pancakes are for breakfast,” she said.

Religious people are also taught to give up something they enjoy during Lent. Some try to quit smoking, stop eating sweets, or stop drinking.

My idea is for religious people to give up religion for Lent. Try to see how it is to live without superstition and outdated thinking – like observing Lent. Try it for 40 days and if you aren’t satisfied you can go back to religion but I really believe if you stop going to church and stop praying, you will like it and stay with us Atheists.

For further reading:

American Atheists

American Humanist Association

Secular Student Alliance


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3 thoughts on “Give up religion for Lent

  1. Magdalene

    Your comments are clever and funny. Giving up religion for Lent. Kinda funny.

    Are you an ABSOLUTE Atheist? Meaning you have no doubt there is no God? Just wondering.

  2. Doug Berger

    I have no doubt that there is no God. If He is a powerful as believers say then He should have no problem proving His existence using the methods we mere mortals have to use to prove our existence. And if His goal was for everyone to be with Him then he should have no problem proving his existence to someone like me who doubts his existence.

  3. Mike

    Ok… you say you have "no doubt there is no God" then you say at the end of the post "someone like me who doubts his existence."

    First, do you DOUBT his existence or KNOW he doesn't exist? Contradicting yourself in 5 lines of text may prove that you aren't sure of yourself after all.

    Second, the principles of all basic religions around the world (of which 98% of the world's population believe in one form of "God" or another, per 2004 census) revolve around one thing: Faith. Not to preach or anything, but it would defeat the purpose of Faith if God were to "prove" his existence to you. The search for the divine has always been the searching of one's soul.

    Besides, no one knows what all the elements of the Bible mean today anyway, most of its original meaning has probly been long lost. I would bet alot of the Bible is metaphorical in nature anyhow, in which creation and evolution could essentially be the same thing, depending on one's interpretation or point of view.

    I just try to keep an open mind to everything.

    One thing I know for sure, being closed minded about controversial subjects on EITHER side of will only give you half of the information you're probably looking for.

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