There are times when I actually feel more comfortable talking with you guys than with others on this forum. I enjoy the intelligence and wit that you express. And I'd really like to hear how you came to be atheists. Were you brought up in atheistic homes? Or did you experience some epiphany that brought you to atheism? Or did you see a whole lot of hypocrisy amongst God-believers that just turned you off? Or did atheism come to you as a result of reasoning and education? Did any of you start off as Christians/Pagans/Muslims and then have some experience that took away your belief in a god?
Edit: If I were to ask this question now, I'd probably reword it much differently. I'm not sure, for instance, that people actually "become" atheists. It's not like atheism is a religion that people convert to. I think it's maybe more a process of self-discovery, or...maybe it's a process of sloughing off out-grown beliefs foisted on one by family and culture. I don't know. But there are some really articulate people on this thread, who have a lot of really profound insights about it all. Enjoy.
(Oh, and don't let the no votes bother you. They are a relic from the time of The No-Vote Stalker.)
(The original post can be found in *The Humoristian Chronicles: A Most Unusual Fellowship*)
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EDIT 3/13: AND some of the posters on this thread were asked to tell their stories in the book, Faith Beyond Belief: Stories of Good People Who Left Their Church Behind - check out David's chapter!