Emma Chase Bio

As a young person, I was intrigued by some fundamental questions about religion, “God knows” why.  Some very basic questions came to me, like “If God exists and is all powerful, why doesn’t he show himself?”  and “Why do bad things happen to good people?”.  I was fortunate enough to have a father that didn’t go to church or talk about religion at all and a mother who was religious (traditional protestant) and had us go to Sunday School and church, but didn’t push it on us herself.  When I was 13, I decided that it didn’t make much sense and that I didn’t believe in God. I became an agnostic.  My mother was good enough to allow me not to go to church after that.  I became agnostic mainly because I didn’t have a clear answer about how there is something rather than nothing.  I have kept that belief until recently when the idea of the Big Bang not needing a prime mover became plausible in cosmology.

 

I did not think much more about religion until the last few years when I began to feel the need to be with other nontheists.  I saw that many people have been harmed by their religious upbringing and are used to the support of a church community.  I would like to see that same sort of community develop in the secular world.  That is why I have become involved with Seattle Atheists.