When I was in my 20s, I was driving to Colorado for a summer job. I had been across the USA before, camping with family, but this time I was on my own. I was just stopping for the night, and selected a roadside motel so I could get back on the road early the next morning. In perusing my rather plain room, I found, not a Gideon bible in the drawer of the bedside table, but a book entitled,
" the book of Morman". Curious, I flipped it open for a quick read. After just the first couple paragraphs, I was laughing like a hyena, believing it to be a clever parody of Christianity and 'holy' books in general. Really, it was too funny! Later, found that there were actually 'mormans' who truly believed this stuff.....incredible, as it seemed so contrived and patently made up.
The unintended effect of discovering that people will believe ridiculous things with no evidence whatsoever, undoubtedly turned my thoughts to why I believed things. Scrutiny of my own heretofore unexamined, but often questioned (without satisfactory answers from authority figures) beliefs about god, christianity, other religions, Jesus, heaven, hell, predestination, etc was the 'force' that pushed the first dominio. Now, all the dominos have been flattened and been strewn away. I an a happy, curious, openminded rational being, confident that science is humanity's best hope to understand the world and the universe and how homo-sapians came to call this pale blue dot "Home".