Hi, I’m new

Hello everybody. Atheist IT Guy here. This is my first ever blog post, so please bear with me while I sort out my style and try to add some substance. As you can probably guess from the name of this blog, I’m an atheist and an IT guy. I’m also a Libertarian and a home brewer. Whew, that’s a lot of stuff to cram into one blog. For this first post, I’ll give you a little background on myself and why I am what I am.

Atheist – For most of my life I’ve been a Christian. Not really a practicing one, very much, but I really *believed* in Christ, the Bible, etc. For the past 10 years or so, I’ve been a Christian in pretty much name only. I stopped believing in the Bible. I was pretty sure there was still a God, but I wasn’t so sure about all that stuff in the Bible. Recently, I was asked by a very good friend of mine, how I can believe in God when I demand evidence of everything else in life. We were having a non-religious discussion and the topic of religion came up. “How can you demand evidence of everything except God?”, he asked. “Because” was the only real answer I could come up with. This caused me to think long and hard about his questions and I eventually reasoned myself into atheism. I’m still willing to believe in a God, but I now require observable, repeatable evidence of that God. None of the existing Gods have so far made the cut, so atheism it is.

IT – I’ve been in IT for most of the last 20 years or so. Sometimes in a support role, but more recently in a network administration/engineering role. I’ve worked for my recent employer for the last 6 (almost 7) years. It’s a good company, I’m paid competitively and taken pretty good care of. So, yay!!

Libertarian – I could be a Republican if they hadn’t been taken over by the fundamentalist, evangelical Christians, maybe. I’m fiscally conservative, I believe you should keep the money you earn and that government involvement in free markets is more often a bad thing than a good thing. I’m also socially liberal. I think you should be able to sleep with whomever you want (assuming everybody involved is a consenting adult human being), I believe you should be able to put whatever substances you want into your own body and I believe that any two or more consenting adults of any combination of sexes should be able to enter into the same marriage contract that two heterosexuals are able to enter into.

Home brewing – I’ve recently been brewing delicious beer out of my home. The first several batches (with one exception) turned out really well and I’ve generally been pretty happy with the results. I started brewing in the Summer of this year and we’re now getting into Winter time, so I’m having some trouble with temperature control. The batch I’ve got “fermenting” now seems like it’s too cold for the yeast to start doing their thing. I’ve recently put a blanket on the fermenter hoping this will get it started. We’ll see. At any rate, I also like beer because, who doesn’t like a good, cold beer?

That’s going to be it for now. I’m not sure how much I’ll update the blog initially, but I’ll try to get a post out at least once per week. My girlfriend (visiting from Peru) is currently waiting on me to go to the gym with her and she trumps all of you, so I’ll be leaving now. It probably won’t be a full week until my next post as I think this one is probably a little light, introductory and doesn’t really delve into many issues. We’ll discuss news, politics, religion, life, the universe and everything (I’m a huuuuge Douglas Adams fan) and, of course, beer. Anyway, hope you enjoyed this first attempt at blogging on my part and I promise, I’ll try to get better as we go along.

Thanks for reading,

The Atheist IT Guy

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