Well I've been a member of this site for a little while now, mainly just reading topics and discussions and I figured it was time for a Introduction.
My name is Cody, and I'm 18 years old. I live in southern West Virginia, and yes it is a very religious area. Most people, I'd go as far to say 90%, go to church regularly. The area I live in is full of very ignorant, uneducated people so this, in my opinion, is a large reason for the church crowd. I was lucky enough though, to grow up in a home with almost no religious influence. My mother took me and my younger brother to church for a few months when I was about 7 but that didn't last and neither of my parents really push and religious indoctrination in the house. Both of them really pushed my education and made sure I did my best in school, probably why I was the smartest kid in my high school. Religion was never really a part of my life and I never really thought about presence of a "god" until a few years ago. For a while I thought it made sense and kinda went along with it all, more or less to fit into the norm of the area I suppose. But as I got older and my thinking progressed and I began thinking more and more rationally and the thought of "god" made less and less sense. For a while I was on the border and didn't really consider myself atheist. In fact it wasn't until my senior year (this year) that I finally came to terms and resolved that I was atheist. It really does amaze me looking back how long I took to come to grips with it, I mean its not like I was heavily religious in the first place. And this is partly why I think that theist have so much problem with our views, they have always been taught that there is a good and they can't think any other way. Anyways I'm getting off topic. But a friend of mine, who is also atheist, showed me this site and I really enjoy the discussions that go on here, they are all firmly based in rationality and sound thought and I love that. It is so different than the area I come from and is a real relief. I'll be going to college this fall to either major in physics or computer science.
Just thought I should give a little introduction to me, thanks
Science flies people to the moon, Religion flies people into buildings.