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Posted: 10/5/2014 8:01:28 AM EST
I had to have been somewhere between age 12 and 14. I was agnostic at that point and leaning towards atheism, but a cute girl invited me to go to church with her. I went and her friends made fun of how deep my singing voice was.

Link Posted: 10/5/2014 8:05:55 AM EST
30 years I would imagine.

I think I was 10 when I got in a pissing contest with my Mom over going to church. I won, but I had to mow the grass, and do a bunch of chores.

Link Posted: 10/5/2014 8:06:43 AM EST
My Grandfather's funeral last year. Before that it had probably been about 8 years.
Link Posted: 10/5/2014 8:14:51 AM EST
Three weekends ago when I was visiting my parents.
Link Posted: 10/5/2014 8:23:53 AM EST
Do weddings count? Was a groomsman in a friends wedding about 5 months ago. After that, several years with a girl I was trying to nail.
Link Posted: 10/5/2014 8:29:24 AM EST
Not counting funerals the last service I attended was four years ago I asked a Jewish friend to take me to Synagogue just so I could see what it was like. Time before that was Christmas Mass at Sacred Heart in Paris in 1998 maybe.
Link Posted: 10/5/2014 8:30:08 AM EST
13 years. My uncle died and my aunt wanted his name to be mentioned at the service. I was the only one in my family who didn't fall asleep and start snoring. Haven't been since, nor do I want to. The whole thing made me really uncomfortable.
Link Posted: 10/5/2014 8:30:55 AM EST
Other than a wedding or funeral close to 30 years...
Link Posted: 10/5/2014 8:32:04 AM EST
About a year I think.

My extended family is very religious, my uncle is a preacher.

So I occasionally go just because that's what the family is doing.

I find church really sad though, it's like attending a funeral for my childhood.
Link Posted: 10/5/2014 8:32:23 AM EST
A straight up regular service, not a funeral or a wedding? 1998 or so, I guess. My then GF asked me to go to church with her, so I did. Prior to that I'd say, 1984.
Link Posted: 10/5/2014 8:33:17 AM EST
Other than funerals or weddings, never once in my life.
Link Posted: 10/5/2014 8:33:36 AM EST
Not an athiest but I did go to St. Mattress's this morning.
Link Posted: 10/5/2014 8:35:10 AM EST
I went to a Christmas service a couple years ago. Several weddings, but I don't think that counts.
Link Posted: 10/5/2014 8:39:40 AM EST
[Last Edit: 10/5/2014 8:40:14 AM EST by Another-Bill]
Maybe 3 months ago. My girlfriend and I went to a traditional Latin Mass in New Orleans as a cultural experience.
We were both Catholic once.

I still enjoy the historic rites.
Link Posted: 10/5/2014 9:08:29 AM EST
Going just to go on an average Sunday, probably 13 years ago. I've gone several times since then, but always for funerals, weddings, confirmations.
Link Posted: 10/5/2014 9:09:33 AM EST
I believe I went to an Easter service with an ex-girlfriend about 14 years ago.
Link Posted: 10/5/2014 9:14:42 AM EST
About 8-9 years. If a friend invited me I'd go, provided they weren't trying to change my beliefs.

If religion inspires people to be better then I'll support them.
Link Posted: 10/5/2014 9:16:47 AM EST
[Last Edit: 10/5/2014 9:18:13 AM EST by Admiral_Crunch]
Friends of ours have a daughter in the choir. They invited us to a performance last year.

As far as 'regular' service, maybe 4-5 years. My wife asked me to join her a couple of times for special occasions. I didn't mind that much as long as it was a rare occurrence. I felt like an intruder, since I wasn't religious.

She has since stopped attending, so I don't have to deal with it anymore. I'm glad. That church was adding too much drama and stress. All their management seemed to care about was running a business, and they made decisions that caused many people, including my wife, to leave the congregation.

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Link Posted: 10/5/2014 9:17:03 AM EST
At least 8 years, we went to a Christmas service with my wifes parents.
Link Posted: 10/5/2014 9:36:08 AM EST
Two weeks ago with the gf. Yep...
Link Posted: 10/5/2014 9:53:09 AM EST
Couple of years ago. I have a friend who finally fulfilled his dream of becoming an ordained minister. He acts as a substitute when the main guys have to be out of town or whatever, and sometimes when he leads the service I'll go. So do several other people from the old days.

He's a great guy with an infectious charisma. It's fun to see him up there doing something he loves. It being church neither adds to nor detracts from the experience for me. Honestly, I'd rather he was a standup comedian or had a dragster he raced on weekends or something. It would be more fun to go to his events. To each his own.

I've gone to various church services in my life, accompanying friends or family at their request. It's fine. Even went to a pagan ceremony once. That was actually kinda fun, and there was pineapple.
Link Posted: 10/5/2014 9:57:58 AM EST
I did a few months ago when I went to visit my parents. It was just as creepy as ever.
Link Posted: 10/5/2014 10:02:17 AM EST
Link Posted: 10/5/2014 10:04:36 AM EST
Voluntarily? Many, many years ago.
Link Posted: 10/5/2014 10:08:35 AM EST
Weddings and funerals excluded, 2002. A born again friend in college asked me to go.
Link Posted: 10/5/2014 10:10:17 AM EST
do weddings/funerals count?

if not, never.
Link Posted: 10/5/2014 10:14:44 AM EST
When I was 8, with a friend. The Preacher said "give as much as the Lord tells you!". Scam, scam, scam, scam.
Link Posted: 10/5/2014 10:15:05 AM EST
Mother's day.
Link Posted: 10/5/2014 10:17:41 AM EST
I went to a Bat Mitzvah a few years ago.
I found it to be a far more pleasant and uplifting experience than most Christian services.
Link Posted: 10/5/2014 10:18:06 AM EST
This summer. My daughter is involved with a youth movement kind of church. I go from time to time when I'm not working.
Link Posted: 10/5/2014 10:18:12 AM EST
A couple months ago at my nephews baptism. I was the godfather.

*More agnostic than anything else.
Link Posted: 10/5/2014 10:21:40 AM EST
I go usually a few times a year during the holidays, my mother sings in the choirs and it makes her happy when I go.
Link Posted: 10/5/2014 10:23:35 AM EST
I usually end up going on Christmas. My family knows I'm not into it, but it is a family event and they would like me there with them. I'm happy to oblige. I've also occasionally gone with my grandmother. She's getting old and sliding downward. She doesn't know I'm an atheist and I see no point in worrying her. So if I visit her on Sunday and she wants to go to to church, I go with her.

I have not antipathy to religion, it just never really did anything for me.
Link Posted: 10/5/2014 10:23:58 AM EST
10-11 years, not counting some weddings
Link Posted: 10/5/2014 10:25:42 AM EST
I go twice a year, Christmas and Easter. Promised wife, so she doesnt have to go by herself to those two.
Link Posted: 10/5/2014 10:27:29 AM EST
I go to Christmas and Easter Mass with my parents.
Link Posted: 10/5/2014 10:27:35 AM EST
To support my wife and her belief in the sky-wizard, I go every Christmas and Easter. In fact, I'll be going in about two hours for some dude I don't know to pour water on my kid's head.
Link Posted: 10/5/2014 10:38:37 AM EST
[Last Edit: 10/5/2014 10:38:54 AM EST by TheSav]
Junior College days for me, about 8-9 years ago. All of this was in Fresno County.

For a paper I was writing I attended quite a few churches and other houses. I went to the Catholics and Lutherans first, but these almost derailed my project because they were so dry, formal, and boring. Then I went to a Mosque (there was a painting of Jesus in the main hall). The Synagogue was the hardest to get into. The Universal Unitarian was probably the most laid back. The others varied among protestant denominations, like Baptist, Methodist, and a few others. The Mormons wouldn't let me go to their main church service, only a minor service and they were the pushiest about conversion. I told them it was for a paper and not an interest in attending, but they kept sending their kids to my house for 2 years. They wanted to dunk me bad.

The Muslims were actually the friendliest. They introduced me to everyone around them, they fed me. They seemed to be a tighter community than any of the others. They seemed like they were a great group of people who enjoyed themselves. Their service didn't drift into politics or other hot issues. I was treated very good there. Afterward, everyone stayed to BBQ and all the kids ran around on the field playing soccer. One thing that did seem odd was how the men and women were separate for their service. All the guys were up front and all the women in the back. Even after the service when everyone was mingling and hanging out the men and women didn't co-mingle, although no one seemed to mind. The ladies got their gossip on and the guys were all cracking jokes. The kids all played together though.

This was a sample size of 1 visit though, so I make no claims about anyone's overall practices or levels of crazy.
Link Posted: 10/5/2014 10:39:53 AM EST
[Last Edit: 10/5/2014 10:41:53 AM EST by David0858]
Not an atheist, but the last time was Easter '79. My wife insisted, then she quit going not long after.
Link Posted: 10/5/2014 10:44:52 AM EST
[Last Edit: 10/5/2014 10:58:28 AM EST by eracer]
Is it OK for an agnostic to chime in?

I last attended a church service about 10 years ago. It, like all the others, reinforced my negative view of religion.

I've met some very interesting Pastors, and enjoyed some long conversations with them. None of the could ever provide the proof they claim to have. Faith is faith, and is it's own reward. Too many religious people want to claim that faith = fact.

Link Posted: 10/5/2014 10:50:08 AM EST
Navy basic, 1989, so I didn't get punished with the shit detail of cleaning the barracks.

I was an atheist even then, but why should I be stuck cleaning just because I don't believe?
Link Posted: 10/5/2014 10:51:44 AM EST
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Other than a wedding or funeral close to 30 years...
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40+ for me
Link Posted: 10/5/2014 10:55:29 AM EST
other than a wedding/funeral.
Id say maybe 15 years.

Although, My grandparents Pastor is cool as shit, served in Iraq/AFG, hates liberals, and loves shooting.
Link Posted: 10/5/2014 11:17:18 AM EST
Militant atheism is a mental illness, as is militant religious proselytism. I just let the religious folks (including my wife) prattle on with their nonsense. Meh. Religion is a non-issue for me, except as a cultural artifact.

As long as we have separation of church and state, and nobody is forced to participate, who cares?

Link Posted: 10/5/2014 11:22:09 AM EST
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Originally Posted By Troubl3shooter:
Navy basic, 1989, so I didn't get punished with the shit detail of cleaning the barracks.

I was an atheist even then, but why should I be stuck cleaning just because I don't believe?
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The only time I willingly went was during training.

Other than that, probably never.
Link Posted: 10/5/2014 11:24:59 AM EST
15 years
Link Posted: 10/5/2014 11:26:48 AM EST
Early teens, only went because stepfather made me.
Link Posted: 10/5/2014 11:29:51 AM EST

Screen name?
Link Posted: 10/5/2014 11:40:08 AM EST
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Screen name?
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WTF is a phone god?
Link Posted: 10/5/2014 11:43:35 AM EST
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A couple months ago at my nephews baptism. I was the godfather.

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*More agnostic than anything else.

You're doing it wrong.
Link Posted: 10/5/2014 11:44:44 AM EST
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WTF is a phone god?
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Originally Posted By DeadSled:
Originally Posted By CPT_CAVEMAN:

Screen name?

WTF is a phone god?

I guess atheists can't spell

But with their superior intelligence, you would think they could tell

I'm pretty sure it's a quote of what the guy said. That is what a lot of the others in the thread are.
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