I was brought up in a family of people who are by descent Catholic. My Father has both Catholic and Protestant ancestry from Ireland and my Mother had Catholic ancestry from Germany.
I don't know if my parents ever went to church regularly as children, or as adults, or even if they choose to get married in a church because they themselves were Christian.
However, Five weeks after i was born, nearly a year after my parents marriage, my mother died of Cancer.
I know from my dads own admission, this is what made him stop going to church, i guess he felt like he had lost faith (if he had faith anyway).
so despite history, i grew up in a nontheist family, i was indeed christened, but i don't feel that this makes me special or worthy.
nor do i feel that reading Dawkins extensively makes atheists worthy.
but recently, in the last two years roughly, i came across a blog by one, PZ Myers: Pharyngula.
it struck a cord within me and i now read regularly, i just wanted too know, what made you an 'active' nontheist, as opposed too nontheist by defualt but not really interested in the matter.
i've read alot of posts here about people (im guessing mosttly in the US) who are atheist and really suffer for it, they are shunned and sidelined for being a minority.
i guees what i want too know is, (especially for all those people living in wannabe theocracies such as the USA, or theist majority societies) was there a click moment, a sudden epiphany???