I want to start off by saying how much I enjoy this site. I have learned a lot so far. You All Rock!!!
I am in a fledgling (noob) state of atheism so I am like a sponge for learning more about my awakening. It started not too long ago with my wife's cousin openly expressing that he is an atheist. He made statements that angered me at first. But I was drawn to find out why he felt the way he did. This got me to "bible study" so to speak. Little did I know it got my brain back online with digesting mass amount of reading. My first change was a deistic frame of mind after finding flaws in the "good book". Then I dug in even more reading and more studies which just ended up fueling more questions. So I rekindled my interest in science and was just blown away...wow! I could no longer rationalize a belief system that has kept me in the dark for so long. Now I am an Atheist.
The problem now lies in my own household. My family (who still clings to religion) loves me very much but with any major change it has stirred emotions. My daughter has appeared to be the most affected by it. She told her mom that she did not like that I am rocking the boat going into another. So I had to curb my vocal views and keep them in more of a silent mode. I want my family to come to their own thought and conclusions without me trying to ram it down. I do try to display logic and reason when things happen.
It is no surprise that I am here now. My mom who held a baptist style belief never forced them on me. When I look back at my dad (my real life hero and role model) with new eyes I realized he never (best of my recollection) made any religious statements or references nor expressed any type belief at all. Since neither of my parents are alive now I can only guess my dad was agnostic or atheist.
My dad was a very honorable and very much respected by those who met him. He never had spoke of any ill towards another person. He kept a level head even during times of crisis. He was highly intelligent even though he had to drop out of high to help his parents take care of the family. He always planned ahead. He was always firm but fair while dishing out discipline to his own children in spite of his dad being an ill tempered alcoholic. There wasn't anything that in my eyes he couldn't do if he chose to.
So when I look back I can see why I am the way I am now.
Now I am here in a new extended family.
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