The first time I remember ever having a real discussion of religion at home, or any place else for that matter, was with my dad when I was in high school and even then is was rather superficial, he never wanted to influence me in that regard. My parents never made a decision for me regarding religion, my father is and atheist and so is my mother but they never really talked about, they never had to. I loved living in a house where freethinking was not merely encouraged but required. However I did get plenty of exposure to religion, as I went to Church and Kingdom Hall with various friends. At the time I did not think much about them, no one tried to convert me and my friends just understood, as kids we did not think about such things. After receiving a thoroughly secular education in high school, I joined the US Air Force and I am enjoying every moment of it. Soon after getting settled in my first duty station a debate about belief floated around my office. I worked the night shift, a skeleton crew enough people to get the job done but less people then on days. I could do nothing other than tell the truth about my stance, although I was woefully ill equipped to defend my position. I came across The God Delusion, looking for ammo in our debates. I found the ammo I was looking for to say the least, and the copy I have is an underlined, margin noted and post-it noted mangled manuscript. I try everyday to see this world in a new way and each time I do I am thankful to this intricate and majestic universe we all share.
The religion you left
Was never a part of one
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