I too was nerdy enough to like school, especially science. My two-years-younger brother came home one day wanting to quit school. It turned out that a nun had asked him why he wasn't doing as well as I. For that and a few more reasons, I years later told people the Church takes people (men and women because I'd had two years in a Jesuit high school) who need psychiatric help and gives them rooms full of children.
I'm in a Toastmasters Club (think public speaking) and recently spoke of the six kinds of atheists. The members looked interested and one man told me it was the best speech he'd heard from me. They don't dislike me; they just elected me the club president.