Hi, im Tom and I'm a 16 yr old "Roman Catholic". I've been a middle-of-the-road catholic for a while, being very interested in science. I'm happy to go to a public school because like i dont know what id do in a catholic school, science is just so important. It's hard to say how long i've been a true athiest, probably less than a year, although it is of my understand that richard has a scale from 1-7 in The God Delusion (i dont think i should read that in my house). I think i want to tell them after i finish reading the bible, everyones favorite violent fairy tale, which at 5 pages a day will be nov. 29th, but i could tell them sooner. Neither my parents nor grandparents have read the eintire bible, so i dont understand you you accept without reading all the terms and conditions. I dont know how they will take it, i guess ill have to tell you about them. My moms and her mom are roman catholic and i my dad was lutheran but my mom made him convert so her kids would be raised catholic. We go to church every sunday, although we all do many forms of work on sunday, which according to the bible is punishable by death. Other than in church religion doesnt come up too much, my parents arent the crazy, brainwashed type. My biggest concern is i really dont know of any athiests in my family (i dont know my extended family that well anyways). Another thing that scares me is that my dad's parents and his sister got in some disagrement with my mom about 11 yrs ago and even though we live a few minutes away from them, parents almost never spoke of them and i rarely saw them for several years, we made amends with my dads parents about 5 years and it took the death of my dad's mom in october of 2012 to get the 2 familys back together and now its like nothing happened. But cutting off close family for 10 yrs over what i thnk had to do with money, come on.
I think my dad would accept me because even though he doesnt believe in evolution (i tried to explain how we evolved from a common ancestor of gorillas not from gorillas at the zoo today) he travels a lot for business and he tells me how he embraces people of other cultures and doesnt care what race you are. Im more scared of my mom , shes more religous and im afraid she would keep pushing her religon onto me. And i my mom's mom lives with us... the most religous one of all. So is it best to wait to tell them when i leave for college in 2 yrs or suffer through it and fake it, or should i tell them, because i dont know what to to. Sorry for the long read, do you need to know anything else? Thanks for your help!