Because I joined the site today, I thought it might be a good moment to introduce myself.
I was born and raised in a catholic family in the Netherlands, and until the age of about 15 I was a theist. Although I did believe in a god which was slightly different from the catholic god, the whole framework of course came from Catholicism and in a broader sense Christianity.
In my early teens, I took more and more distance from the dogmatic beliefs of my family and all other religions, at the age of 15-16 it became apparent that I had become (or always had been) an atheist. For this I have many people to thank, both personally as in media.
I don't have a real hatred towards theism. But I have never heard any coherent definition of the concept of "god", and have yet to see the slightest bit of credible evidence for a "god", so I'm not especially inclined to be respectful either.
Although I don't mind being called an atheist, I would prefer to call myself a (scientific) materialist or nihilist and a liberal.
It's good to be here, I'm hoping for a lot of good discussions! I'm quite capable of taking a joke, and are not easily offended.
P.S. English is not my first language, so if I make errors which seem to cause confusion, please let me know.