Hi from South Africa!
My name is Francois and I live in South Africa. I stumbled on this site after following a link from a site discussing the Nightline debate between WOTM and the Rational Response Squad.
I just had to sign up!
A little background about myself: I was a born-again christian who became an atheist. The process began when I moved away from a christian group and the church I attended. I couldn't understand why this church used money to build a new youth wing when there were people living on the streets! By the way, I visited the WOTM website. It seems that a person looking for answers there, must buy their DVD's or books first.
Furthermore, I realized that during the week it was difficult being a christian but on Sundays I got an injection of faith that lasted about two days.
From being angry at the church I realized that the strength of my believe was linked to being in a church environment although I knew that my "born-again" experience a few years previous was not faked.
I tried joining other churches but always found it a uncomfortable experience.
One day I came to the shocking realization that I may not believe in god anymore! That initial separation from the church began what I call a "cleansing" of my thought processes which was indoctrinated by christianity.
I browsed the internet and found a lot of info, especially from the Secular Web and talkorigins sites. I also looked at christian and creationism sites but found their science a bit flimsy, to say the least.
Anyway, this is my story and I'm looking forward in posting something every now and then. By the way, can any of you guys tell me how I can change my username?
Bye for now,