This is an interesting little meme that began on the Friendly Atheist Forums.
Highlight the important parts of your religious deconversion, grouping it by age.
Here’s one example from happycynic:
6-8: Didn’t buy Noah’s Ark or Jonah and the Whale
9-10: Read Phillip Pullman’s Dark Materials Trilogy. It got me thinking about religion, and I didn’t like my conclusions.
10-12: Shoved the questions to a corner of my mind because questioning religion was bad, of course.
12-14: Told myself that if religion were true it could stand up to my questioning. I didn’t ask much, but slowly started shifting.
15-16: Two years of church hopping made me think about religion; an honest evaluation led me to atheism.
Here’s my own, with a focus on going from new atheist to wearing-it-on-my-sleeve atheist:
14: My family moved and I began questioning my faith for the first time; over a few months, I came to realize I was an atheist.
15-18: Became more comfortable with my atheism in high school but didn’t tell many people.
19-21: Began a college atheist group; became more vocal about my beliefs.
22-25: Became very public about my beliefs (got involved with national atheist organizations, wrote the book, started this blog).
26-30: Used my atheism to win over the ladies.
Ok, that last one hasn’t happened yet, but I’m sure I can foresee the future…
What’s your story?