I am writing an opinion piece and would like participation in this informal survey. I know the question is fundamentally wrong, but it is to help keep the selection narrow:
How were you convinced you to become an Atheist?
(Select the most applicable single answer)
A) A billboard
B) A book
C) A miracle
D) I’m not an atheist
E) I don’t know
F) I wasn’t convinced, it was a realization of who I was
G) A specific person (not an authored book)
H) I was mad at my god(s)
I) I have always been an atheist
J) My god is an atheist, therefore I am an atheist
K) By physical or verbal threats
L) I signed a contract and now I’m stuck being an atheist
M) I had to become atheist to marry my spouse
N) Atheists are cool, and I wanted to be like them
O) Other (please explain in one sentence)
F, B and O
I was never strong in faith at all but things lingered. I first encountered attitudes hostile to religion at university, until then I don't think the notion that one could be hostile had ever occurred to me. It was just there even if I wasn't particular devout in any sense. It was also at university that I encountered arguments for gods existence and was immediately troubled that not one of them made a lick of sense.
Many books later (mostly science) and I arrive at the conclusion of the
trajectory I'd been following and recognised myself as an atheist having
lost all reason to maintain my former beliefs which had already pretty
much atrophied it was in the end just a realisation that I no longer
O) Penn and Teller. I was watching an Bullshit! when a series of statements they made throughout various episodes clicked together with what I had learned throughout life. My world came apart.
No doubt, I owe Penn and Teller my emerging capacity for rational thought and will be greatful for the rest of my life.
G, my 7th grade science teacher! I don't even know if he was an atheist!
I would say F. But also have to include B. When I was much younger I decided to actually read the bible. Didn't take long to realize what utter BS that it contained.
Mostly F)... I was more interested in facts of science and mathematics as a child, and matters of the divine seemed useless to me.
I would say, though, that much of my later exposure to expressions of religion (particularly after I entered the U.S.), and many of the typical atheist literature did inspire me to be more vocal in my disapproval.
O) Revelation, the Invisible Pink Unicorn* came in a dream to reveal to me the truth of atheism.
* I couldn't see anything so it must've been the Invisible Pink Unicorn.
Both F and G.
I was the one who convinced me, but the way this happened was in my realizing that I already was an atheist.