I just recently found this site as I've been reading more on Dawkins and I thought this would be a nice place to start becoming more involved with the community. But I still have one burning question I'd like to openly ask the fellow viewers: are you, and how are you, open with atheism in your day to day life?
Let me explain.
I grew up a Christian like many of you, also like most I grew up in a very religous family. I discarded god from my early high school years and I was perfectly fine explaining my views to friends and other peers, yet I tried not to be too outgoing as to possibly start an arguement with them. My Intro to Physics teacher and my Biology teacher really helped me understand why I am the Athiest I am today. And that's how I became so heavily involved in science like I am now, in my final year of high school. And when I say, "discarded god", I didn't mean to throw him around like some sort of fad. To me I can't see god being riddled with mystery yet we can understand things that are infinitely complex such as quantum mechanics. But I'm not here to start any debate on that by any means.
Through my highschool career I have played the part of a christian to my family; They're just so involved with the belief of god I know it would bring up some unspoken barrier between us. I'm more or less afraid of the initial reaction from my parents and immediate family to have brought up my disbelief in Christianity. So my question is, how does one go about bringing this up to ones family? I'd like to think they'd be level-headed enough to have an intelligent-cool-conversation but it seems as though it may not be the case given that they are against me donating blood at a "younger age" as they believe its all about profit and sitting in warehouses and such. I have a very ignorant Step-Father and I can't see this going down smooothly with him at all. Back to the O.P. for those of you that have read this far (thank you!) how did/would you handle such a situation?