I am writing an opinion piece and would like participation in this informal survey. I know the question is fundamentally wrong, but it is to help keep the selection narrow:


How were you convinced you to become an Atheist?

(Select the most applicable single answer)

A)     A billboard

B)      A book

C)      A miracle

D)     I’m not an atheist

E)      I don’t know

F)      I wasn’t convinced, it was a realization of who I was

G)     A specific person (not an authored book)

H)     I was mad at my god(s)

I)        I have always been an atheist

J)       My god is an atheist, therefore I am an atheist

K)      By physical or verbal threats

L)       I signed a contract and now I’m stuck being an atheist

M)   I had to become atheist to marry my spouse

N)     Atheists are cool, and I wanted to be like them

O)     Other (please explain in one sentence)



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Very, very odd question. Not sure if you're being funny, or just weird.

I would have to answer "F", with "O" as a close second.

Raised in an agnostic household, with friends who were not overly devout Christians and Jews, I was able to observe the two main US religions, discuss positives and negatives, and come to my own conclusions.

It's for an opinion piece I'm writing... Wanted to include most of the reasons people use to pick a religion, or think influence people to pick a religion (since many now claim atheism is just another religion).  It does sound silly when they are reversed to be reasons of religion abandonment (for perspective).The questions help point out the "atheism is just another religion" as just a red herring. 

Thanks for the participation!

I was raised by parents that believed I shouldn't be raised in religion.  They believed I should make my mind when I became an adult.  Incidentally my father has been an atheist since his mother died (which is more then likely tangentially related to the problem of evil), where as my mother is a liberal Christian.  Both of whom agreed against baptizing me as a baby.
F I suppose is the closes but I suppose self convincing would be more like it. I come from a religious background but as an adult thought it through and rejected it.

It's a combination of B and F. The book (The Demon Haunted World) made me realize I hadn't been honest with myself.


Oh, and maybe some H in my late teens, but then I experimented with witchcraft for a few years.

As a (then) gay, devout Catholic (almost joined a monastery), I got tired of being "intrinsically disordered" (vide Cardinal Ratzinger - now Benedict XVI - in "Problema Homosexualitatis", 1986), about 25 years ago and just woke up one morning, sensing that I'd had enough of the self-loathing crap; it was downhill from there on, towards agnosticism/atheism.

F)      I wasn’t convinced, it was a realization of who I was


That, combined with the Atheist Experience that helped me realize that my "agnostic" stance was actually the stance of atheists, I just had the wrong name.

I was always a skeptic. I was really turned by The Da Vinci Code. It opened more avenues of learning for me to investigate. Now I am really a skeptic, and an atheist.
I guess (F),  (I) and a bit of (B) would be the closest fit for me.  I've been an Atheist all my thinking life; however, reading Robert Ingersol at 17 put the lid on the jar for me.

F, B and O


I was never strong in faith at all but things lingered. I first encountered attitudes hostile to religion at university, until then I don't think the notion that one could be hostile had ever occurred to me. It was just there even if I wasn't particular devout in any sense.  It was also at university that I encountered arguments for gods existence and was immediately troubled that not one of them made a lick of sense.


Many books later (mostly science) and I arrive at the conclusion of the trajectory I'd been following and recognised myself as an atheist having
lost all reason to maintain my former beliefs which had already pretty
much atrophied it was in the end just a realisation that I no longer



O) Penn and Teller.  I was watching an Bullshit! when a series of statements they made throughout various episodes clicked together with what I had learned throughout life.   My world came apart.

No doubt, I owe Penn and Teller my emerging capacity for rational thought and will be greatful for the rest of my life.




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