No I'm not making any judgements I'm just pointing out that many religious 'converts' I come across usually found their faith following some kind of personal crisis. The more hardcore the faith, the more hardcore the personal crisis. It's just an observation. In relation to the second point, what I was getting at is more along the lines that the 'personal experience' of god can be a product of confirmation bias, particularly for people who are brought up to believe in god and live within a religious community. They often get to that point in their lives when they feel they need 'confirmation' of their beliefs and so they get it in the form of a 'personal experience' which then validates the belief which caused the experience. So in that scenario, the belief in god causes the interpretation of an 'experience' to be an experience of god. On the other matter, I think the concept of atheist churches are stupid. If you want to bond with other atheists go join a skeptics society or something but forming an atheist 'church' is just silly and kind of militant.