I was not abused by Catholic Priests, or by anyone in any way.
Nothing catastrophic made me "angry with God".
There was no single event that lead me to atheism; rather, it was a very gradual journey of examining the evidence, (or lack thereof) all the available facts, falsehoods & myths, actual cross-referencing history, from sources both within and hostile to christianity. Not to mention those that are purported to be "evidence" from an alleged "Jesus" contemporaries - most of which turn out to be hearsay, early christian forgeries, or conglomerations of mistranslations and misinterpretations.
It was the use of logic, science and reason that lead me to atheism, as it has many here.
After all, this is the default position.
I am not the one making the claim that there is a god, afterlife, ghosts or demons or anything supernatural. It is religionists that make the claim(s).
The burden of proof is on them.
Carl Sagan used to say, "Extraordinary claims require extraordinary proof".
And instead, we are asked to take these wild claims of divinity that defy physical law on "faith".
But what exactly is "faith"?
" 'Faith', noun:
Belief without evidence in what is told by one who speaks, without knowledge, of things without parallel."
- Ambrose Bierce
Yup, that pretty much sums it up. Belief based in ignorance, not information. Religion is born of ignorance, hope and fear. Not information or enlightenment. It continues and festers through yet more ignorance, and more hope and a LOT more fear.
No supernatural all powerful all seeing "God" exists, standing above time and space, able to will the behavior of every subatomic particle that has ever existed or ever will.
The paradox of the christian tennant of free will & salvation are entirely null and void when considered alongside their own belief that their god is all-knowing, all-seeing, the author of a divine plan - and yet allows us to mess it up at will, committing "sins" that this god supposedly couldn't see coming - just like the angel Lucifer that supposedly turned against god in heaven.
What?!?! HUH!?! You can commit a sin in heaven and STILL be cast down into the pit?!?!!
So what's the point of getting to heaven in the first place?
Christians are very confused people, they don't even understand the paradoxes of their own creation.
Lucifer ("satan" or "the devil") had already turned against his creator by the Garden of Eden story, or else satan wouldn't have been tempting Eve to not eat of the fruit of the tree of knowledge. (Because knowledge is a bad thing).
So satan's tempting, already evil, already having committed the sin of turning against god. And yet, we poor humans are the ones saddled with "original sin". Seems this perfect god doesn't get much right.
I believe with all conviction that atheism is the necessary and sole destination of any mind capable of truly critical examination of the evidence.
Of course christianity will not be abolished in our lifetimes, but if our species is to survive into the far future, we must eventually shed the monsters under all our beds. And that means shedding off impossible god fantasies as well.
It began long ago, there have always been a few people who "got it". Atheism and agnosticism is growing worldwide. The USA is sadly one of the few industrialized nations that's actually going backwards in this respect.
(Thanks, you freakin Republicans).
We must get louder, not sit in silence for fear of reprisals or "rocking the boat". Rock away people, rock away.