As the title suggests, I created this thread to discuss the effects of atheism on your teen years.
Atheism has a profound impact on my life. There are allot of negatives and positives.
The bad parts are the social marginalization that usually most minorities face ( i.e. people are viewing me differently, especially that I am the only atheist I know irl ). Another major aspect is that my family and especially parents, who are strong believers, view me as a fool, child, unexperienced, sinner and so on so forth.
The good parts are the parts that keep me up and running. When I became and atheist my school grades exploded. I started seeing everything around me with a curiosity to understand it, instead of just standing in awe of "God's creation" and not doing anything afterward. My thirst for knowledge was amplified. My logic and reason improved dramatically ( even though people know I am an atheist they appreciate my guidance and help whenever they are troubled by something ).
On the short term, atheism caused allot of negatives and was hard to maintain. On the long run, the benefits of free thinking are enormous.
It just keeps getting better and better.
I would love to hear your stories to.