At what point did you know you were an atheist? Why did you become one, what were the factors leading up to the decision, if you weren’t always one?
I realized I was an Atheist, at least very strongly, some time this past January or December. I think I was always “destined” to be an atheist. I was raised in a Catholic family, and I still live in one, they don’t know I’m an atheist. But there’s a story from when I was younger, around 3 or 4 I think. I heard from my parents, that once when we were in church I was being a big rambunctious, so my parents told me to stop and pointed to the priest and said, “the priest is talking, so be quiet,” apparently I responded, “I thought that was God.” So even as a youngster I didn’t quite get the concept of an invisible man that controlled anything. And as time went on I just liked science stuff a lot, watching Discovery and Nat Geo all the time and it got confusing as a kid when I learned about cave men and lucy and realized it conflicted with the Adam and Eve thing.
Overall, I just see religion as something that was necessary long ago for humans to satisfy their need to understand the world around them. They didn’t have the means to find an explanation so it had to be something “bigger” something we can’t see or understand, and that’s how I see religion, an explanation because we can’t find the real reasons. Now though we can investigate further than ever before and we don’t need those “explanations” like we used to and I feel it’s time to retire them, so I have, at least in my own life.