Hi, my name is Jacob. I’ve been a member of think atheist for a while now but I haven’t spent much time here because of dial up internet. Anyways, I live in rural southern Wisconsin and have been an atheist for two years now. At my high school(Im only 16) there are a few atheists but only one is really open about it, most of the school is Christian, but religion is rarely talked about and few are "hardcore" Christians. But most don’t believe in evolution as I discovered in biology, where someone also told me I was going to hell for not believing in god, even after I helped him pass history and biology. Only a few people know am an atheist one being a conservative Christian, he was really freaked out when I told him, but he got over it, now hes trying to "save me" while I try to "convert him".
My faith has been dissolving for years. I went to a catholic school for nine years and hated it because I couldn’t ask questions and they had a terrible math program.(I still have trouble with math to this day because of that.) I was always different than the rest of the kids because I seemed to have a built in lie detector, it maybe because I loved to read when I was young and my father told me that the most reliable books are the newer ones, these books told me the world was billions of year old not 6000 like I was told in school so I began to doubt most of genesis from the beginning. When I told the teacher that Jonah couldn’t of survived in a whales stomach because the acid would kill him, I had to sit in the corner for a while.
My mom also doesn’t know I'm an atheist, but me and her can sort of read each other minds at times and I think she might know. But she appears to be OK with it, unfortunately I still have to go to CCD. One other person who know is my English teacher who is one of the most amazing people I’ve ever met. In February he introduced me to twitter which helped me become more open about my atheism and after I found TA on twitter I decided to join. I also joined in order to get in contact with other atheists something I don't have wereI live. Later I’ll post a more complete story of how I became an atheist, this will have to do for now.