Religion and Spirituality

This Story's Old, But It Goes On And On Until We Disappear.

So… this is my first post. How exciting! Once my Who’s Who is up, you can get the gist of “me”. But for now, you have to endure every detail of my life.

Where do I begin?

I was born on November 27, which means there are three days until my birthday! I will be 16 this year. I was born and raised in Georgia, which was fine until my thoughts about religion changed. I was an avid churchgoer my 7th and 8th grade years. However, I was always very accepting of other religions and believed in science. I thought God just started it all.

The summer before my 9th grade year, my parents came out to me as atheists. I knew they had always been skeptical, but this was quite shocking to me. I just did not understand. I couldn’t see how anyone could just not believe in anything. I thought it was so sad. But I opened up and allowed myself to be skeptical about my beliefs. My whole freshman year, I called myself an “agnostic”. I wasn’t quite ready for the title of “atheist.” In fact, like most people, I didn’t understand what the word meant. Most of my friends were really accepting of it, but I had to be really cautious as to who I would tell. Because of my past beliefs, I was sort of ashamed of it. I felt like I was all alone at my school.

This past summer, I became more open and confident about my views. I became comfortable, and deemed myself an “atheist.” I found out that the word simply meant “without god.” This new found assurance was brought on, in part, by meeting some of my parent’s friends, who were pretty cool, and felt the same way I did (MariaMasala Skeptic” was one of them). I determined to be open with my atheism, and found out a lot of people at my school felt the same way. We were all just hiding. This made me even bolder, and now I tell people flat out my opinions (usually). There are still a few close friends of mine who I have not told. This is mostly due to the fear of the unknown.

My father is “Brother Richard”, the writer of Life Without Faith and the person who runs Atheist Nexus. You might know him, a lot of people do. But trust me, he’s not that cool. ๐Ÿ™‚

I absolutely LOVE music. It keeps my life in sync. I like the bands most people have never heard of. I’m a sucker for indie music. That’s what I mainly listen to. But I also like some select screamo. I would like to say I’m open with my music taste, but I am really picky. I don’t like pop-punk stuff that sounds all the same. I really just don’t like music that sounds like what I’ve heard before. Some of my favorite bands are Brand New (my title to this post is a lyric from one of my favorite songs by them.), Dance Gavin Dance, Alexisonfire, and Manchester Orchestra. If you haven’t heard of them, you should go listen. And if you have, let’s be best friends!

School, school, school. Well, I’m a sophomore this year. I love high school. I like being around older people. I like the freedoms. I don’t like the drama, but I get through it. It’s fun sometimes, too. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I’m in all gifted and AP classes, so I guess I’m considered “smart”. My grades are good too, I guess.

All in all, I’m a fun, crazy, and AWESOME (hence the name) person. Most people are jealous. (This is my sarcasm coming out. I’m filled with it).

Finally, I want to thank Rebecca for inviting me to be a part of Teen-Skepchick!
This should be fun!

Previous post

Sunday Philosophical Tea Party

Next post

Geeky Thanksgiving Facts




  1. November 24, 2008 at 10:35 pm —

    Woo hoo! Welcome aboard, Alex! I can vouch personally for your awesome-ness! And also, I agree with your assessment of Brother Richard… what a loser! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  2. phlebas
    November 24, 2008 at 10:43 pm —

    Hi Alex! It’s about time you showed up ๐Ÿ™‚

    You non-Georgians should be smeared with jealousy about all the skepchicky goodness we have around here. We’re not all about humidity and rain prayers, ya know.

    Alex, how have your friends at school reacted to the whole atheist thing? And how will you explain the Skepchick Forehead Brand after you get that? ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. November 25, 2008 at 5:43 am —

    I dig Brand New ๐Ÿ™‚

    Welcome aboard!

  4. Shalini
    November 25, 2008 at 11:08 am —

    Ohai Alex! Do you like mudkips, by any chance?

  5. November 25, 2008 at 12:45 pm —

    Hi Alex, welcome to the team! And happy birthday, slightly early!

  6. November 25, 2008 at 1:18 pm —

    Okay, if John McCain can call himself a maverick and Kanye West can call himself Elvis, I can proclaim myself โ€œCOOLโ€ dammit!

    Nice job on your first post kid. You Punk.

  7. kayla_unkempt
    November 25, 2008 at 4:58 pm —

    Is it possible I’ve found someone besides me that has impeccable taste in music? Indie/Alternative is my liiiifeee. Ever listen to Four Year Strong? They’re like screamo lite. ANYWAYS, welcome to TS.

  8. vreify
    November 25, 2008 at 5:24 pm —

    Welcome Alex (who seems as awesome as Elles is splendid)! Happy to have another teen skepchick on board.

  9. November 25, 2008 at 5:40 pm —

    Darn it! I am so jealous of you! ^_^

    Wilkommen, bienvenidos, welcome, etc etc etc

  10. Cassie
    November 26, 2008 at 11:26 pm —


  11. Dread Polack
    December 3, 2008 at 3:52 pm —

    I know a guy named “Rock Awesome.” Any relation?

    My dad is also not cool, but now that I’m almost 30, I guess neither am I ๐Ÿ™

    Oh, and welcome! Excellent first post.

Leave a reply