I'm a 26 year old resident of Pittsburgh, PA. I'm a social media entrepreneur, tech aficionado, avid reader of speculative fiction, aspiring tinkerer, television addict, and anti-theist. I've done two tours in the pits of undergraduate academia, first studying political philosophy and later having a go at comparative media studies. Despite having been twice wrong about the value and importance of higher education I was at least never so foolish as to condemn myself to the servile ranks of graduate academics. I can honestly think of nothing of import I ever learned in an academic setting, but I can at least think fondly of the massive student debt I now hold and the time it afforded me to learn what I needed through extra-curricular autodidactism.
Why are you here?
I'm here as the result of many billions of years of cosmic, chemical, and biological evolution. Isn't this an atheist website? I thought you'd have taken that as read.
Why you left your religion.
Despite being an Anglican pastor my father was a well read man and many of my childhood bedtime stories were Greek mythology. I mark my agnosticism around the age 11 or 12 when it became obvious to me that what I was learning in Sunday school and in church was no different than the stories I'd been read as a child. I spent my teenage years functionally indifferent to the issue. As my knowledge grew and I saw more of the world my understanding of the 'good' developed, as did my appreciation for the beauty of the natural world, maths, and science. As a 19 year old college student on September 11th, 2001 the lesson I learned on that day was a great shock to me in a way that the event itself was not. The only thing I could think of when I watch the towers collapse amidst a sea of students who had flooded into a common room with a large screen television was of the papers I wrote on terrorism in High School and of interviews I'd seen with persons discussing that very eventuality more or less. No, the attacks did not surprise me but what did was the effect it had on my collegiate, regional, and national community.
The importance of religion to people, a topic as I said I was much indifferent to before the attacks, blindsided me. There were prayer services everywhere and the beliefs of individuals and the rhetoric of government and civic leaders was suddenly much changed. I found it ubiquitous and oppressing, and I drowned in it...
Back to the question at hand, I argue that I never left the religion of my parents because at the very moment when I was old enough to make that decision for myself I was already well read enough to know better. I was an agnostic for some years, and became an atheist and more importantly ardent anti-theist when, in the aftermath of the attacks of 9/11 I was forced almost literally by my society to choose a side.
Have you thought about throwing together the foundational falsehood of creationism series by AronRa? Seems only a few of those have been thrown out. Frankly I don't know how to put them together as you did. Is it just staking the embed codes in the text field?