Saturday, January 14, 2012

An atheist's fear

Note that Amy is talking about the fear that she's betrayed her parents and her community because she "doesn't believe it anymore." I'd say that it's guilt, more than fear.

I never had this problem, because my childhood was different. I don't ever remember believing. But I sympathize. I know it's hard for people who did believe everything they were told.

Well, it's also the fear of causing her mother pain. She doesn't want to wrong someone she loves. I can understand that, too. But does that mean she has to live a lie?

This is an excerpt from the Atheist Experience TV show, episode #593, with Matt Dillahunty and Tracie Harris. (Note that, earlier, I posted a different excerpt from this same episode, here.)


Anonymous said...


Thanks for showing this. Is this an online show or is it on your local cable? Read about your childhood and saw a lot of similarities to my own life. My awaking came in Jr. High school when I started reading science fiction. The story that effected me most was Childhood's End, if you remember that one. That story started me thinking and I haven't stopped. I understand the callers fear (or anxiety) of telling the parent. I never told my parents for the same reason.
Thanks for posting; I appreciate your point of view.

Old Dude

WCG said...

Welcome, Old Dude. :)

The Atheist Experience is a public access TV show from Austin, Texas. It's streamed live on the web (see their homepage here), so they've started getting calls from across the nation and even the world.

Past episodes of the show are available in many different formats, including Blip TV. But I usually watch them on YouTube, often on the Atheist Experience fan channel.

But the videos can be freely copied, subject to their Creative Commons license, so clips are just everywhere on YouTube. I've been posting a few of them here, but I'm barely scratching the surface.

The episodes vary in quality, of course, but they're usually quite interesting. I'm especially fond of those hosted by Matt Dillahunty and Tracie Harris, as in the above clip.

Thanks for commenting! It's a lot different these days than when we were young, don't you think? I always did a lot of reading, too, so I knew that other atheists existed, but I wouldn't have known that in my own life.