Mike Clawson here:
Some publishers recently sent me a book to review called Greater Than You Think: A Theologian Answers the Atheists About God. So far, despite the fact that the author’s supposedly on “my side”, I’m less than impressed. However, I was curious about one statement he made towards the beginning of the book. He said:
“I have never known an atheist who could not identify the event or events that brought about his or her unbelief?”
That makes me wonder how many atheists he actually knows, and whether he’s ever met any that were brought up without religion and are not simply ex-Christians. But at any rate, I was also curious about how well his statement reflected the average atheist at this site. Is his statement true of you even if it’s clearly not universally true? Can you identify some specific event or events that led (whether directly or gradually) to your rejection of belief in God? And if so, what were those events?
BTW, forgive me if Hemant has already asked this question at some point in the past. If he did, I must have missed it. And though I’d hope it would go without saying, I just want to reassure all of you that I’m not asking this with any ulterior motive or hidden agenda. I’m just simply curious.