I was a devout Catholic as a young child. I attended a Catholic school form K-12,I then attended a Catholic University. Unfortunately for them, it was this religious education that lead me to start questioning my belifes. I hear this experience is not uncommon.
I started questioning my religious beliefs around age 14. I studied other religions as much as i could, but none made any sense to me.
I would say I became a full blown atheist around age 16. My family doesn't know of my atheism. I haven't told them because I am afraid that it would irrevocably damage my relationship with them. I have few freinds that know. The subject of religion simply doesn't come up very often amoung my family and freinds.
As for my professional life, I was a bar manager at a local ski resort for ten years, and am now in the process of taking over my family's construction business.
The one thing that I need my fellow atheists to understand most is that, while I am not a believer, I'm not here to trash religion or to belittle those who do believe.
The Catholic church did good things for me in my life. I attended a private Catholic school on a full scholarship paid for by my local church. I know many won't see that as a good thing, but they rescued me from what I see a a failed public schooling system. I recieved an outstanding education, and for that, I will always be grateful to the church.
Why are you here?
I am here because I live in southwestern PA and, as far as I know, there aren't many atheists here. While Southwestern PA isn't technically in the bible belt, it's about as close as you can come. Ever since I've given up my faith, I have often felt like an outsider. About two years ago I found the show "The Atheist Experience" on Youtube and it gave me a small sense of community; one that I haven't felt in a long time. I am here looking to expand that sense of community.
The religion you left
Why you left your religion.
I left the church because it seemed the more I learned about the bible, the less sense it made to me. I researched other religions (I came dangerously close to becoming a Buddhist)but, none of them made any more sense to me than Catholicism.
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