I gradually moved out of Christianity starting in High School, but I didn't actually start to self identify as a non-believer till 2003 when one night, after I had been reading "The Science of Good and Evil" by Michael Shermer, I was laying in my bed and I finally said to myself "there is no god." (at that point, I guess you could have called me a Deist) It was oddly liberating to finally admit it, and all the cognitive dissonance collapsed within my mind and the compartmentalization disappeared. Now, 10 years later I'm back in school pursuing Biology degree with the intention of following through to become a scientist and do my part to add to the sum of human knowledge.
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Hi Chad That's a fine story of yours. Congratulations and welcome to this world of rationality and peace, where in the end pure common sense is enough to lead to the freethinking wisdom common to non-believers and critical thinkers like you and us. We invite you to join the busy group "ORIGINS: Universe, Astronomy, Life, Earth, Humans, Religion, Gods, Atheism, Evolution, Darwin..." with 730 discussion topics and 3700 members. http://www.atheistnexus.org/group/originsuniverselifehumankindanddarwin Terry