Quiet(ish) Atheist - quick survey inside

I don't mind (too much) if other people choose to be religious. I've become nice about it over the years.

Here's a question, though, for atheists who were raised in a religion: how old were you when you decided you were an atheist? I've noticed that most people have the same answer, so I'm just continuing my informal poll.
Zandze Zandze
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75 Responses Apr 4, 2007

Religion never really fit my logical curious "how things work" mentality as a kid so when I started becoming more religious from about year 10 (started at christian schools year 6) it turned me into some kind of zealot.

After graduating high school I started realising what it was turning me into. I then turned on myself psychologically and tore myself up and unfortunately made me somewhat difficult to live with. My family doesn't doubt my remorse over that now.

I simply didn't need for there to be anything out there, the universe doesn't work that way. I realised morality is not exclusive to religion. 2 years after graduating I "came out" to my family and they were more than moderate enough to have no problems with it.

I still have a couple of perfect (fictional) role-models so that the perfectionist in me maintains impossible standards of behaviour and morality. The journey has been difficult, but despite the cost to myself and those around me, even my family agrees that I'm a better person for it.

I stopped believing when I was 14 announced it to my parents... they still made me go to church and ccd i absolutely hated it. Dabbled with many other religions searching beliefs, still felt empty. 10 years later I prayed to be born again figuring i had nothing to lose, if God wasn't real I was right, if he was I will make it to heaven. It completely changed my life and the way I see everything. The supernatural realm is very real, I have seen it my entire life. I still denied it's existence for 10 years yet, continued to see it.

I've never taken it seriously. I'd like to say I was always an Atheist but you could say I was an Agnostic up until about 9 or 10 and then I was an Atheist. I always preferred to think rather than be told so religion had no chance.

Progressive loss from age 13-15.
Played with Wicca and a few other religions for another few years.
Was stronger Agnostic than Atheist age 16-24.
Completely abandoned the slightest bit of conceptual belief in a higher power, creator, or soul about age 25.

I stopped being a Catholic around eight, stopped being a Christian in general around 12, admitted not believing in the supernatural altogether around 17-18. The last section was a slow-dying process. I tried to convince myself I still believed in some vague version of a god because it felt so necessary, but ultimately, it lost to intellectual discourse on the matter.

cause i grow up in a Christian home its like i really had no choose to believe to not believe in god and when i got in high school i just did not feel like i want it to go by a Christian i felt like myself was god i'm sorry if that sound weird

I starting doubting at 10. I started with the assumption that Christianity was true, and tried to reconcile that with my knowledge of science. Then I noticed that there were a lot of religions with conflicting beliefs, so they couldn't all be true. At 13 I was just done with it all. Fortunately my parents were pretty liberal about it, and even more fortunately, I didn't catch a lot of grief in school about it either. Sadly it kept me out of scouting, since I couldn't say the scout oath. It also kept me out of the school chorus, because their one big concert was a Christmas concert of religious music.

How's the poll going? Would you mind sharing your results?

I wouldn't say I was brought up "in a religion", my father was a convinced atheist and my mother an Easter-and-Christmas Anglican, but I went to Church of England schools for my whole childhood (the motto of that religion being "we believe there's a God, but we don't like to make a fuss"). I'm not sure I ever actively "believed", I think it was something I didn't pay much attention to, but I remember being in my early teens when I first started really resenting the school for making me sing the praises of something I didn't believe existed. I don't remember a specific point when I came to the conclusion that there wasn't a god, so I suspect it was just a gradual crystallisation of doubt.

I was 28. Had a born again experience at 17. 11 years later decided I was wrong.

Unborn again? Born again again?

I was around 10 when I stopped going to church. At that time, I knew that I seriously doubted the things I had been taught, but I struggled with guilt. I didn't finally admit to myself that I really was an atheist until I was around 25.

I think somewhere in the vicinity of 10-12. I remember being at Church and listening to the preacher, and thinking, "wait, why does everyone believe this?" Once I started asking questions out loud, the answers I got back didn't really tell me anything. The whole belief system just sort of fell apart at that point. I was probably still agnostic for several more years, but once I discovered science it was pretty clear to me that clinging to that possibility of a God didn't make much sense either.

I have been an atheist for as long as I remember. I never thought all those stories were true. It took some time for me to digest it, and In my head say "i am an atheist". It took me some more time (my 30s) until I admitted to myself that I just am not a christian, which was the culture I was raised in. I have not admitted it to colleagues and family because of the stigma attached to atheism, so here I am...

I was rather young when I first started seriously questioning the existence of any God, but I confirmed my beliefs when I was 12 or 13.

I never believed in God, even as a young child, though I went to church and religion classes. None of it seemed believable, it all seemed like a bunch of horseshit and the people around me were like brainwashed sheep. It wasn't until I was about 12 did I learn what the term Atheist meant. But I guess you could say I've been an atheist since I was about 4, when my family first started pushing religion on me and I thought it was nonsense. I pretty much gave up TRYING to believe in God after a few years of praying to him to stop my stepfather from abusing me. The abuse never stopped. If there was a loving God, and miracles were real, he wouldn't allow a sick twisted man to use a 4yr old girl as his punching bag.

Yes this deity seems to be a sick twisted sadistic man made invention.

I always thought it was bull but pretty much realized it was all bull around 8, and asked a few questions, but did not tell anyone until I was about 14.

Great question. I'm afraid to use the word atheist because of what people will think of me. I really think I have always been an atheist from day one. I've tried going to church. I've tried reading the bible. I've tried to pray. But it all seems fake. I simply can't escape LOGIC. I have always felt this way. I've often felt guilty because of it. Religion just seems like a fraud, a business that sucks people in to get their money. I just can't force myself to believe in something I don't feel in my heart! I hope I am not alone. Thanks for listening!

You are SO not alone. There are tens of millions of atheists in the US, and hundreds of millions more in the rest of the world.

I had my crisis of faith when I was in college. I was 22 when I decided for good and all that i was done with religion. It had all started when I came out to myself at 18 though, so maybe that's my answer.

Well, I was on the school bus and eight years old, and my friend was talking about religion and I was thinking, "Now wait! This doesn't make sense!" and I told them I didn't believe in God. Then I started to connect dots and I told I still don't believe in God.

It never made any sense to me. I mean somewhere about the time you sort out the Santa and tooth-fairy thing, the sky god fairytale starts to fall apart, too.

But it took me quite a while longer to:

A. Stop experimenting and trying to find a place/way to fit into the whole region thing, and;

B. Stand up for yourself against a primarily religious society and refuse to follow the sheeple.

sitting in a church i was 9rs old and this person was telling us that if we sin we go to hell,priest in school told me god made the earth and everything on it out of nothing..funny thing is you can't get something from nothing..i argued this point sent home for a week,i was educated by the catholic priests mean evil people..religion is poison look at the world to day ..offing our selfs in record numbers in the name of god the father and the holy spirit budda etc etc

That's a form of child abuse! No child should be exposed to any sky fairy myths until they reach adulthood and can make an educated choice. Religion would NEVER have the hold over civilisation that it does if this were the case. When you've listened to all the arguments for and against "faith" based religions there is NO factually based evidence to support any of the thousands of "gods" that have been spoken and written about during the evolution of mankind on this Planet. In debates between the most learned scholars supporting the existence of a "god" and scientists in opposition, I have always noted that a much higher percentage of the undecided audience support the notion of a godless universe at the conclusion of the arguments. The best evidence of how indoctrination of children affects our outlook on life and death.

In complete agreement. (From someone who was subjected to much the same and had nightmares

As soon as I hit the age of reason.

It feels as if I've always been an atheist. I was raised Catholic. We attended church, I was forced to attend catechism and go through first communion and confirmation. After my confirmation in 8th grade we stopped going to church more than maybe once or twice a year...typically Christmas and easter. I, like many, always had questions about the teachings of the bible. I remember always thinking/saying that it was not possible to part water and all that. Since no one could ever logically explain the answers I sought I never really bought it. I was always told I was wrong for not believing in god...it's a sin, yada yada.I have never bothered to learn of other religions.

We were raised protestant, congregational. We went to Sunday school, church every sunday. Somehow it evolved to going to church only Christmas & Easter. I made up my mind in the 8th grade, I guess I was 13. I actually took time to consider it, think about the contradictions in the Bible. I came to the conclusion that religion didn't makes sense, God didn't make sense. I am a strong athiest. My parents (thank God - pun intended) have been very supportive. They allow us to make our own choices, discover for ourselves what is truth or not. I have had ZERO criticism from my family, no argument, no trying to change my mind. I gotta tell you I love my mom & dad. They believe / I don't - and they accept that.

I am curious as to what your research has shown to be "the answer" as to when they chose atheism?

I have no idea what prompted me to start questioning the exsistence of God. Before that if anyone asked me if I believed in God I would have said "Of course". But when I started to think about it for myself I came to the conclusion that I believed in God simply because I was told to.

I faced a religious crisis when I was around 14, and thought if I got more heavily into it and 'closer to god' then I would feel better about it all. This phase lasted for about a year when I decided christianity was bullshit, so I investigated other religions, and none seemed to make any real sense except for maybe liberal Buddhism.

I became a closet atheist when I was around 17 I'd say, however I just came out and admitted to my heavily religious father at 31, now I am 32 and openly atheist and happy to discuss it with anyone.

Raised Catholic. Some time in the 7th grade I decided to start my own religion with my group of friends. I based it on Catholicism and what little I knew of the Baptists. It was familiar to them and easy to accept. It didn't last long once our parents found out, especially their parents. But by then I had discovered how easy it was to get people to believe that your made-up stories were true. And if I could do it at 12 years old, surely a wiser group of men could pull it off. They even wrote a book about it...

We were raised really wishy-washy Christian. It was more of a ritualistic thing than a lifestyle. As a kid I believed in Santa more than in a diety, and when I gave us the kid beliefs of fairy tales, Santa, the Easter bunny, the Tooth Fairy, Jesus and God went out the door. There had just as much evidence as religion, and I even know that as a child.

I began questioning religious teachings when I was five, in Sunday school. When I would ask more detailed questions I was told that all the answeres were in the bible and that I just had to have faith. I skeptically tried to believe but, just blew off the whole thing by the time I was 14. I didn't become an athiest ( at least call myself that ) until I was in my early twenties. It was like lifting a huge load off my shoulders to finally embrase atheism. I do not argue with theists and don't advertise my atheism. If one feels that it makes life easier for them to believe in an after life, that's fine with me. But, when I encounter a bible thumper that want's to impress me with the benefits of religion, I found they back off rather quickly when I tell them I'm an aithiest. If they insist on going on, I tell them that I am quite comfortable being what I am and wouldn't think of trying to convert them because I respect their judgment and hope they would do the same for me.

As a child, whenever I asked questions about doctrine or bible verses, I was told to stop being a "Doubting Thomas" and just accept everything in faith. Nope. In my opinion, if your beliefs cannot stand up to some basic questions, they are not worth your belief.

I clearly remember the first time I questioned religion when I was 7. I was never a believer but it was only in my 30's that I began to identify myself as an atheist as apposed to agnostic.

at age 6 when i went to church for the first time i couldn't control my laughter at the stories i heard there. Sort of knew at age 14, didn't tell anyone til age 17/18. told my mom last year at 19.

I was 7 or 8 when I first started questioning. I have always been very analytical. I want to understand things and I'm very logical. If something doesn't make sense, I will just toss it out and leave it behind. At this time in my life, my parents (my father is a pastor) were very into the pentacostal/charismatic movement - tent revivals, slain in the spirit, Benny Hinn...all of it. It made no sense to me. I was seeing so much of what went on behind the scenes, so I knew that a lot of it was all smoke and mirrors. That got me questioning things. It just grew from there.

About twenty before I finally just admitted it. Probably in denial about it longer than that.


ine was at ten my whole family beileves in science well my imediate family except my mom but they told me at the age of ten and made me study the subject

When i was 14.

I was in my 20's... I'm not sure if I'm fully atheist, I have agnostic feelings every once in awhile.

Never a believer. Always a questioner. Sunday school lessons started my questions. Was told " You have to have faith ", (instead of logic), to my questions. Lived as an agnostic, looking for religious answers when in trouble. Never put much research into religion. Finally fully accepted aithism just in time to die guilt free. I don't want to spend eternity in hell or heaven, just oblivious.

It started being a battle for me when I hit 12 to 13. I knew religion wasn't my thing when I was 16. I tried to "wear" different xtian sects hoping I could find one that would "fit" me better. None of them worked out. Some were worse than others. I was raised Southern Baptist. I tried being Methodist, Presbyterian, nondenominational, paganism, and eventually settled with agnostism when I was in my mid 20s. That is when I started doing a lot of reading about theism. It wasnt until I read, "God is Not Great" that I realized that I was actually atheist and not agnositic. This realization did not sit well with my family but I was inspired, energized, and liberated. I felt like I knew myself so much better.

I think I became an atheist about 10 years or so ago. I was about 35 or 36. I was raised as a Christian but wasn't heavily involved in any church since I was in my early 20s. <br />
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When I reached my mid-thirties I started to question the logical basis of Christianity and quickly found that it wasn't really that logical. I can't see why it should be seen as any less of a set of myths than the tales of Greek heros or stories about Mythras etc.

About the same time I realized there was no Santa Claus. I'm 53 and can't vividly remember life before I was 10 years old anymore but I was probably around 5. I would certainly put a belief in both as an equal thing and not a ridicules comparison at all.

I think I was 11 or 12. >_>


Atheist since birth.<br />
I managed to survive the attempts at indoctrination as early as 2 years old (forced to say prayers, etc.)<br />
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I was fortunate, because I was aided by my Great Grandmother who had the foresight to teach me to recognize the slight movement in her eyes which meant, "That'sbullshit!" And which we shared quite often- on many topics including religion....<br />

I was raised a Baptist but it never took. When I was "saved" at age 9 (family and social pressure) I was quite sure it was a load of codswallop. In high school I was moderately notorious as an atheist.

I was one week from turning twelve. It was the greatest (and maybe the worst) day of my life. My siblings and I decided we needed Jesus, that it would make us better people. So we started going to a Fundamental Baptist church (lol). They told me I shouldn't associate with Muslims and other heathens because they would try to convert me. My best friend was Muslim, and still is to this day the sweetest person I've ever met. Over the next week, I decided to think about God rather than listen to people talk about what they thought he was, and came to the conclusion that it all sounded a lot like the whole "be good all year so Santa will bring you gifts". I couldn't believe in a God that would send my sweet Muslim friend to hell for denying Jesus. I explored some other religions briefly before decided they were all as full of it as my Fundamental Baptist friends were. I kept it a secret for a long time (under my mother's advice) since I live in the Bible Belt. When I finally did tell people, they all wanted to save my soul. It was ridiculous. I'm glad to say that now I am, for the most, surrounded mostly by like minded people.

I tried so hard as a child when taken to church to believe what was being said but deep down inside I did not. At about 10 I made a formal request to not go to church any longer (not well received ) I then sulked in church for another two years then did the teenage girl tantrum at the end of a service (Can I go home now!?) and was told to go and sit in the car in steaming hot weather which I did. Last day of church for me.

Tantrum can be good, sometimes.

I was about 16 or 17

I started doubting it when i was starting to attend Sunday school. I remember i asked my parents one day when i was probably 7 that Adam and eve was a fairy tale right? They responded no. My doubts started to build up. I never even knew of the existence of another religion, so i thought it had to be true. I became fully aware of my beliefs when I walked into lunch one day and my friends were picking on an atheist. And i decided to side with him, which was actually a lie for me. When i came home, I started thinking about my beliefs, and i realized it. When i told my parents when i was 12 I got her into a checkmate when II asked if she thought it was wrong to bug somebody about their religion. She said yes an I told her. She told me She wouldn't care as long as I kept an open mind.<br />
Twintails: first post!

I'm ashamed to say that the voice of reason didn't reach me until I was far to old to continue to believe in fairy tales....39.

I would like to add the comment that, what is very exciting for me, is seeing an increasing number of younger adults realising how ridiculous and dangerous religion actually is! This is particularly evident in the editorial pages of news media, when there is an immediate reaction to some ill-informed comment by a religious nutter. This was never the case when I was in my younger adult life! I would put this down to the literal flood of information available on our evolution and the history of the planet and Universe - the internet has contributed enormously in this regard. Religion is very much on the backfoot and if secular states around the world can legislate to prevent primary and secondary schools from actively supporting religious studies, we can create greater freedoms for future generations!

My realisation occured more recently - the result of finding Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens on the internet. Their books and debates with various religious representatives resulted in what was an overwhelming conclusion for me that "God" was a human fabrication arising out of the superstitious ignorance of our ancestors and promulgated by individuals who believed they were "Prophets"! ( Apart from the cynical opportunism of some current proponents of organised religion!) So, I could say that I had entered the ranks of the senior citizenry - 60 plus. But the doubts about religion had started in my teens and as I got older I began to question the relevance and could not hold any interest in attending church, which did upset my Mom particularly.

I was twelve when that happened it's a long story but lets just say that I realized that most of my old beliefs were a total fail.

I was baptised, confirmed and married in the Anglican Church. Both my parents were regular church goers and did their best to persuade me to follow suit. However, thanks to my Mom,( she encouraged me to read - no TV where we lived then!) and I slowly developed a curiousity about our origins - the biblical stories did not quite cut it for me!<br />
By my late teens ( mid 60's) I was actively searching for any literature in this regard - and with the advent of the internet and reading about scientists of the calibre of Richard Dawkins and Stephen Hawking, it all began to fall into place. <br />
I kept thinking - there has to be some logic ( supernatural is totally illogical!) to what has been happening since the birth of the Universe - and that is what drives many individuals to search for the real truth about our origins.<br />
Our World will be a much better place when religion is finally understood by all its citizens for what it is - superstitious ignorance! With each new generation more and more people like us will discard it. <br />
We must strive to argue for the elimination of any form of religious instruction at schools - children, as organised religion knows so well, are easily brain washed into their way of thinking, and so become converts for life. <br />
We must become the new "missionary" movement - the promotion of the verfiable truth, the cerifiable evidence of our existence, how very fortuneate we are to be here today - and to enjoy every moment of it! Not wasted in churches, mosques and synagogues praying to a non- existent sky fairy. Christopher Hitchens, above all others, is most eloquent in his debates with the leaders of these religions, showing how ridiculous so much of their propoganda is! For those of you not familiar with him, please google his name and go to youtube for many video clips on this.

About 16 or 17. I went to the zoo with college and we studied evolution there. I then chose science over religion.

I finally relized and accpeted, not accepted...i dont know what the word is right now, that I'm athiest at 18(now) i haven't told my family though not sure how they would feel..a bit scared to for a couple of them

To be honest, when I was five I really thought that everything I heard in church was a load of bull ****. But i guess I would say that I truly became an atheist at 12. I grew up in a very christian family so only my mom and dad know and they think since i'm 15, it is just a phase.

I was very young - five or six - when I figured out it was crap. My parents never told me anything at all about God - I heard about it at Infants School - although I was encouraged to believe if I wanted to.

Since I was about five I doubted God, basically ever since I knew what or who God "is" I didn't really believe it.I went on to get baptized in a Baptist church when I was eight because every does it.Ultimately I completely stopped believing around age 13.

Religion wasn`t pressed on me much, I was just taught the basics of the bible but since they weren`t really serious about it I thought is was just a kind of moral guide book with a fantasy story to pass the message better. At 10 or 11, I decided to read all of it, since everyone seemed to think it was important and it made me wonder what was so special about that storybook in particular. It puzzled me in many ways, mainly in the form of rather evident contradictions and why the **** is this nice all-loving old man hellbent on killing the **** out of everything that looks at him funny ? With rains of fire and world-scale floods because diseases don`t look cool. So like any puzzled 10 year old, I asked the grown ups. It`s at that point that I learned it was not a storybook, the bible was serious business. "But it has magic in it, magic is just in stories", I plead, and 2 answers were given to me. My grandmother said : "If you don`t follow the word of GOD you`re going to burn and suffer for all eternity" ( what a wonderful thing to tell a 10 year old ) and my dad said "It`s an old tradition, a little like with black cats. Believe what you want, just be a good girl, no one will punish you for being good". Predictably enough I followed the latter advice.

Ergo: Father knows best !

Well technically it's really "uncle knows best", I called him daddy cause I was a lonely kid.

I was about 13 when I truely knew my mind, my son at the age of 8 has serious doubts.

About fourteen I guess. But I still had that faith before though. I didn't believe in a specific god with specific rules. But now, I just see none of it. Not an official atheist though. I have to keep it secret or else I'll go to prison or something, here in this country.

@par1138; you should have that made into a t-shirt

I was raised in a religious Christian family, but I came out as an atheist earlier this year (although there was a long period of sitting on the fence before that). My family are still trying hard to re-convert me! lol

well...i guess you could call me an athiest...I don't believe in god, but i don't dismiss the possibility. 17

Agnostic !

lol ok :)

Communion. So, 7 or 8.

never believed it, but announced to my parents there was no god or santa clause at 8, been a militant atheist ever since

I was around 10 when I first started wondering and realizing the 'religion-bug' never really bit. <br />
That summer I was going to the dentist and out of boredom, read one of those illustrated kids bible stories about genesis, when the thought out of nowhere knocked the breath out of me: "God is just some super-epic level wizard outta Dungeons and Dragons!" The thought humored me for a while, and by the time I was about 14 a friend's older sibling heard me say that I believe in nothing, and then used the word atheist, which I didn't even know; after exploring the definition and concept later, I just kinda shrugged and said "meh, ok sure that's me...maybe agnostic for now though..."

I've just always known it was all crap. My mother used to take us to Sunday school, but I never understood how any of it was possible, so at 6 I finally told my mom that I didn't believe in any of it and didn't want to go any more.<br />
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Luckily for me, she took me at my word and stopped taking me. :)

I used to get so depressed because I knew I was just not makin' it as far as getting "close to God" was concerned. I went to private religious school my whole life, was a youth church leader and my whole social life was conducted within the confines of this church. I never knew anyone who smoked, drank, or even admitted to going to movies. At age 16 - we had "week of prayer" in our school twice a year - I questioned my prayers rising above the ceiling as I was told they would. I was told to keep on practicing and eventually they would get to heaven. I think that was my first clue - and my first doubting time. I was raised to become a minister or teachers wife - I married a jazz musician - my whole family was quite perturbed. After studying comparative religions in college - I found that Eastern philosophy is much more comforting to me than Christianity. I've been a Reverend in my own church (we chartered one, my friends and I). I no longer believe in organized religion. Look what it is doing to our planet right now - Mox

Oh! Which eastern philosophy do u believe in? I am learning Confucianism, well.. Somehow i live with that and Buddhism( sometimes i can't distinguish two of them!) though i don't believe in all of the claims.

Oh, come on!!! **** is not even a swear word!

Then, why is it in stars?

Hey! Surely you can write the word **** on here without being censored!!?? We are atheists, aren't we? Can we not swear like atheists? We are already offensive to 92% of the population anyway!

about 17

I like the sound of you, Tardydoo. I too get sick and tired of my own fence-sitting (all because I am relatively tolerant and non-judgemental). So I am out and proud as well. I was not brought up in any religion but took myself off to a charismatic, evangelical church with a family we knew who had become born-again etc and made it seem absolutely f***in life-changingly superduper go-straight-to-heaven-don't-need-to-collect-$200-coz-the-Lord-will-make-you-rich-and-buy-you-a-Mercedes-convertible-if-you-only-have-faith-and-pray-to-Jesus!!!<br />
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I was 11 when I was born-again and filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke in tongues for the first time and bought my first and only Christian music cassette. I was 12 when I thought to myself - "Christ this is a load of ****." And I've been an angry (informed) atheist ever since. And I have never felt more comfortable.<br />
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Does that fit your poll results?

I'm glad to hear that you've become "nice about it" over the years! At the moment, I'm struggling to maintain my temper with religion, given the current role that organised religion is playing in the world. And that animatronic creationist museum that features dinosaurs on Noah's Ark, that may have been the last straw. But my intolerance is a bit irrational really, and as soon as I talk to people who believe, the frustration evaporates. We're all just human, after all :P As for me, I lacked any defining transition point - my own religious (Anglican) education was on and off, and the last of it was in my late teens, when I tried talking to God as a trial/last resort and then wondered the hell I was doing and went back to agnosticism. Lately I've gotten sick of the fence sitting, so I'd say I was a formal atheist as of my late twenties.

I was about 12 or 13 yo and raised in a rather agnostic family - with a catholic facade - when I commited (unknowingly) my first serious atheistic, heretical act. It was during a religious studies class, in year 1 (or was it year 2?) of high school. The topic of the day was "What links me to the Lord", and we had to draw something on the topic. Suddenly taken over by the devil, I drew the Lord holding me on a leash, with me beside Him on all fours. Oh boy! That drawing created such a commotion! And of course, the professor reported this to my parents, who were rather alarmed to hear about my misbehaviour in class (for I usually was, apparently, a good mannered, respectuous young man). When they got to see the infamous drawing, they couldn'd help bursting with laughter! Needless to say, the next year, my parents made sure to enroll me in a "moral sciences" class, instead of the default "religious education" classes. I think my parents still have this drawing somewhere... It's only a few short years after that I formally learned about atheism and rational thinking.