As weird as it is, I think it was the attitude of my former "fellow" Christians that started me on the road to doubt. Even though I've got a bachelors in Physics and have generally held a belief in evolution and big bang cosmology for most of the believing stage of my life, it really wasn't science that brought up questions(cognitive dissonance at its best). I think I've always generally never had a connection with anyone in any church I had ever attended. Mainly since most Christians, especially in the south, are non-intellectuals. But I think it really started when I began listening to extreme metal. I couldn't understand how anyone could look down on something that I loved so much and felt so natural to listen to. I can't tell you how many people have told me that its "the devils music"(even though most of the lyrics are socio-political).

Of course later on I did my research and discovered how ridiculous my former beliefs were. So who or what started you on your path to disbelief?

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First I read, "under the banner of heaven" by john Krakauer, cuz I've always enjoyed making fun of Mormons and then someone gave me "the book your church doesn't want you to read". I just kept reading and reading everything I could find and next thing ya know... godless and glad.
I've never been religious myself. And I'm very fortunate for that.

I grew up agnostic with zero belief either way, mostly because I had never asked myself, nor been asked what I believe.

Then when the inevitable came and people tried introducing me into different faiths, I decided to read up on what they are before making a choice.
It didn't take much reading to make me an Atheist. Reading the bible just made me concerned for the mental health of the religious people around me.

So to sum it up :
I was agnostic until I read the bible. Now I'm an atheist.
Ditto to what Johnsky said

Reading the bible cover to cover convinced me the myths and superstitions have no place in 21st Century life 

Yes, and not only from a scientific POV but also a moral one.

Nerves in teeth. Either there is no god, or its a sadistic nutjob.
I don't think that sadistic nutjob and non-existence are mutually exclusive. Two thirds of the world believe in and receive detailed instructions from a non-existent, sadistic nutjob. In doing so, they make sadistic nutjobbery very real in the world.
Once a comedian argued that there's no god because if there were, then why do we bite the inside of our mouth?
Wasn't that Dara O'Briain, from the BBC's own Mock the Week? Very funny guy, love him to bits.
Penn & Teller prove there is no god: it takes a woman 20 minutes to reach orgasm. It takes a man 2.
I also think Evil Bible .com has a good essay prooving there is no god as the christian describe him.

Jon, thanks for the LINK; have not seen this one before; looks like some good reading there.  




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