Hello Everyone! This is my first blog post on this site. Recently I became an Atheist after reading Richard Dawkins's God Delusion. I am seventeen years old. But as I would expect from any concerned family, my family couldn't come to terms with the fact that I am an Atheist. I explained to them why god cannot exist. I explained to them the truth in evolution and natural selection. That there was no place for God in all of this. They vehemently argued against my scientific claims. In fact the disturbance spread so fast within my family circle that i started recieving calls from all over the country. Not only did I recieve threats of being effectievly quarantined from my family but also countless religious books to convince me to rethink my decision.
But I'm firm. I don't have any place for theism or god in my life. But if I tell them that they'd throw me out of the house and I cannot be just diplomatic and nod to their religious dogma. I'm an Hindu and I'm forced to pray for fifteen minutes in the morning and chant prayers. If i don't do it then it is tantamount to being rude and disrespectful to elders and to our sacred religion. But I don't want to do it. Should I just tell to them I can't but I am fearful of the consequences. What should I do? I am dependent on them for food, education etc... I cannot just tell them I am not religious anymore. But at the same time I hate religious dogmatism. What should I do? ANY IDEAS????