I'm 18 years old, raised Christian, my mother and second oldest brother are born-again Christians, and my father is a deacon in a Seven Day Adventist Church. So, I'm a little swamped over here. I'm writing because I'm obviously de-conditioning, and it's just a little frustrating considering my religious family. Every word that comes out of my mother's mouth is about Jesus or something like that. Anyway, I'm really in the closet about my atheist, and haven't told anyone in my family. I have no idea how approach them, because they'll completely won't stand for it. I'm extremely afraid of telling them, petrified. I don't have the courage to do it. My heart palpitates and head hurts just thinking about it. I love my family of course, and don't want to lose any of their love, respect or have them think I'm stupid.
I want to be like all these people here, and profess my atheism to the people I love, which is where it counts the most for me. I just need some help and hoping this Convert Corner can.
Other than that, thanks a lot. I started watching your videos and documentaries for hhours straight, during the winter. I watched them over and over again because they were outstanding. Your work was the starting point for me, and contained most of the ideas that I've had in my mind about religion and God. It felt very relieving watching the videos, because I felt like someone understood my point of view. I read some of your book The God Delusion, in a book store but wouldn't buy it, because I wouldn't want anyone in my house to find it. But from what I read, it was very comforting and reassuring. Ever since then I've been seeking more atheist resources, authors, etc. And I watched a bit of Julia Sweeney's Letting Go of God. Hilarious.