We've had hethens, satanists, evolution types, catholic sanctuaries (forbidden under new rules), mormonism discussions, and pagans. So I think it's time the Atheists have another thread (last one was locked) and discuss why one would become an atheist in the first place and maybe share why a person became an atheist. This discussion is open to all members and is not intended to be a Christian bashing party. I ask all members to keep things respectful. I've just now began to acknowledge I am an Atheist (due to believing that it was a religion--false notions). But now I'm gradually accepting this as fact. I became an Atheist in high school when I met my friend Alexis, she introduced me to the idea that there was no god and that the whole thing was a bunch of nonsense. I was intrigued since my father (and relatives) pretty much forced Christian views upon me. Well forced is too strong of a word; it's not like I was dragged to church, but they passively encouraged Christian views on me and I (like most kids) believed them. I bought into heaven and hell and all of that. I'm a generic Christian by birth since my parents never really went to church but my aunt and uncle did (babysitting) and whenever we're at family gatherings we have say grace (I just laugh at the ridiculousness of it all). Anyways, back to how I became an atheist. I studied religious beliefs (not all of them mind you, just the big three) and gleaned some understanding of them. Their views as well as stories conflicted with my moral code and with the reality of the world. I believe science, I don't study science all that vigorously, but science deals with truth, religion (in my case Christianity) only claims truth. So I was left at an impasse, I could reject what family members have been forcing or I could go my own way and become the black sheep of both sides of my family. I chose becoming a black sheep. So here I am 7 years later embracing my atheistic beliefs. But I still haven't told my family yet (my parents only know) and I'm fine with that, I believe your spiritual (or lack of) views should remain private. Onto the discussion of Atheism: Atheism is NOT: - A religion - An act of youthful rebellion I've heard this before many times, "Everyone believes in something," no, not everyone believes in something. Specifically when using this sentence they're referring to a god. So to any atheists out there, why did you turn away from your religion or lose your faith? And what are some aspects of atheism that turned you toward disbelieving your religion? I know this isn't the usual topic for the Senate Floor, but do give this thread a chance. And remember all members are welcomed to chime in with their thoughts, just remain respectful and there won't be any problems (and yes, this is coming from me). EDIT: Word use.