First Post: I'll introduce myself, feel free to comment...
Found this site just now whilst researching for a theological debate with a friend; and I instantly knew this would be a great place to share some views on, everything!
Background (I'll bullet point to keep it brief)
-Raised a Christian by my mother (Church of England) stopped going church, Christened as a baby (baptised)
-Went to a Baptist church for a few years (pretty hardcore), stopped going
-Persuaded my mum to go back to Church (C of E again) out of guilt/fear of hell, became a candle bearer and server then got confirmed (kinda like Baptism but for when you are older)
-Stopped going,for a combination of not believing and not liking what I "should" believe
-Met a girl at 15, she was mad religious, I went on alpha course (kinda a course inducting people into Christianity) and before I knew it I was into it in a BIG way. I remember arguing with my A-Level Biology teacher against Evolution, without a leg to stand on. (I wasn't set on Creationism funnily enough; at the age of 17 I was clearly better at blind belief, than accepting what is evident in front of me!)
-Broke up with GF, kept with religion for a year or so, then slowly started seeing the light.
Atheism became increasingly obvious to me throughout my degree (recently graudated with a Mathematics degree) and ahve been doign a bit of reading since. Read the God Dellusion (not regarded as strong atheist literature I'm told, but a good place to start), Brief History of Time and Hawking's new book "The Grand Design" (a must read btw). Am also reading more of Dawkins' books on evolution which are so far very interesting.