Thank you Steph for the welcome note. I have been an atheist for very long now and am glad to have found this group. In my school days, we had a very good text book with quite many chapters devoted to genetic engineering. I still vividly remember adenine, guanine, cytosine and thimane - nucleic acids, the DNA and how the DNA replicates. Ultimately, I never pursued biology, but all of these have had a profound influence on me and my strong belief in science and free thinking.
I find most people have a problem with the The Old testement Bible, New testament bible and the Koran, I have to admit fairy stories and lessons in war, morals and forgiveness do not sound like the "truth".
Reincarnation, Karma, and othe religions must be looked at before you give up on religion.
God does not make demands in all religions.
Science is never perfect or even ever very acurate. The standard model has been shown to be warping in deep space, quantum physics has show 3mm square diamond ,at room temperature, knows what the other is doing (sppoky effect - ask Einstein). We are lucky enough to use science to enslave (put into poverty) as many people as does the stupid superstions of western religions. Lastly who killed more people the Christians during the crusades or the scientists that created the atom bomb. Do Not put Science on a pedestal, it is not a substute for a good moral code or a clear conscience.