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When did you start to identify as an atheist/agnostic?

Was there a specific instance where you started to identify as an atheist/agnostic, or was it a gradual process?

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Around the age of 12 or so.

Nolove Level 1 Nov 18, 2017
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I was in 6 grade, I was extremely bullied by my fellow Christians students. Guess fairy tails just never set in for me.

MichaelZ Level 1 Nov 17, 2017
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I was born a free thinker. I cannot recall a time where I believed in any of the religions. In my Catholic neighborhood, it just seemed like religion was the rules for civilization, and I played sports for the local church. I was always asking too many questions during religious instruction so they finally asked my mom to take me out of school. They told her I was upsetting the other kids. But in truth, all the other kids starting thinking for themselves. Lol. I should add, I have always been spiritual not religious.

NiceGuy323 Level 2 Nov 16, 2017
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College

ksmartines Level 3 Nov 15, 2017
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Thanks to God for the blessing of loosing faith in him gradually since I was a lamb hanging around, and then he set me free the day I became a holy bull

WilliaM8 Level 3 Nov 14, 2017
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Early 20s, I guess. I never really called myself anything for a long time after I stopped believing in my religious upbringing, but at some point I identified as an agnostic atheist.

resserts Level 5 Nov 14, 2017
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6th grade so about 11 years old. I grew up in the bible belt where you're looked at in disgust if you're not Christian. When I got old enough I didn't care and started questioning religion.

ashleyw225 Level 2 Nov 14, 2017
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About age 8. I started asking a lot of questions in my United Methodist bible class, and wasn't getting any good answers (think Sheldon from The Big Bang Theory on a theoretical roll) ! It was pretty much an instantaneous process. Then, I continued my education, and became widely read, and traveled, and still wasn't getting good answers. That's because there are none. Many people's beliefs are based on fables - the end.

BradInCA Level 2 Nov 14, 2017
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12. I asked a whole bunch of questions to a vicar that came to the school, and he fumbled over most of them. "How could Noah fit every single species on the ark? It would need to be the size of Africa! And if God wanted everyone dead, why not just kill them himself, he's all powerful? And how come there were miracles, real ones, but aren't any more?" Stuff like that. I got a bunch of "well that's just the way God works" BS and I just thought...nah. It's all crap.

BritishBulldog Level 3 Nov 7, 2017
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It's funny, but I have never believed in the supernatural, but I never really thought of myself as an atheist until I was in my late 20s. It never really mattered what I identified as. Religion didn't play any part in my life. It wasn't until I realized how harmful religion is that I felt the need to distance myself from it.

JimG Level 3 Nov 7, 2017
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I was raised in a southern Baptist church. True belief was never there, just going through motions of tradition. I read a book about a woman leaving the church and thought 'shi*, that's me!'.
I came out of the agnostic closet and never looked back.

Amyg23 Level 3 Nov 5, 2017
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I started to go to the Unitarian CHurch when I was 12

btroje Level 4 Nov 5, 2017
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About 15 years ago - I went to an atheist meetup with trepidation, because I had never met another atheist, and I expected weirdos, but instead I met ordinary persons with the exception of two atheists who had us laughing for two hours with their natural comedy. We didn't talk about religion.

WayneIvey Level 3 Nov 5, 2017
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As soon as I realized that religion is BS, back in high school. I come from a predominantly atheist family. I got brainwashed when we arrived in the US (2nd grade) and the Jewish organization stuck me into Hebrew School. I was just getting over one kind of brainwashing while undergoing culture shock, and thus fell for the 2nd set of brainwashing. By hs, I started observing how many different religions there are in the world and that they are constantly fighting against each other, even within certain variations of their own beliefs (like different types of Christianity). I also noticed all the brutality going on in the world, and was wondering where is that omniscient, omnipotent, omnipresent, and all-loving god. That's when I figured out that there is not god, by the end of 11th grade. I switched hs my sr year, and there people already new me as atheist.

Akatherine Level 3 Nov 4, 2017
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After I finished listening to the audiobook of Sam Harris's The End of Faith.

rGeneM Level 2 Nov 4, 2017
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When I moved to a new city where I had no friends or family. It was a life-changing reboot that allowed me the freedom to take a serious look at my beliefs and philosophies. Like the internet meme with stick figures that says "I didn't lose my faith - I threw it the fuck away." Yup.

Hominid Level 4 Nov 3, 2017
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In junior high

AngelaPadovani Level 3 Nov 1, 2017
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When I started taking Philosophy at High School, gradual process.

IntissarBouhi Level 2 Oct 31, 2017
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I started questioning things in my mid 20s. It was a gradual process at first, but once I opened my eyes to atheism I looked back on things and kinda had a "Wtf why did I ever buy into that crap!?" type of moment.

PattyAnn Level 1 Oct 27, 2017
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Right after I turned 18. I suddenly decided to start digging for the big questions so I've started searching and soon enough I had my answers.

walid Level 3 Oct 24, 2017
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I started to identify as agnostic early in my college years and gradually realized I was an atheist. Philosophy 101 really opened my eyes.

Jenn Level 3 Oct 23, 2017
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It's funny, I had taken a lot of philosophy and theology — and that led me to question things I'd been reared to believe — but it was a 100-level philosophy course I took in my senior year of college that really got me thinking about whether there was a God at all. Sometimes the basics really put things in perspective.
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2010 even though I was never a believer growing up Catholic. That's when I started to call myself an atheist.

Woodchuck Level 2 Oct 23, 2017
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Began to realize life was just what it is at the age of 25, when I unwillingly broke up with my ex on the bases that I am not from the same country or share the same believe with her. It was quite awful as an African being dispair by the same race, same religion fanatics who keep saying "god was love"

King7 Level 1 Oct 23, 2017
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Since I recall 'being me' I have not believed in god. Having a nihilist/narcissist mother probably helped!

badpenguin Level 4 Oct 23, 2017
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always and forever

RonaldJames Level 3 Oct 21, 2017
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