How I became a disbeliever
I'm male, white, middle class, Kentucky resident, and a straight. My mother took me and my sibs to a moderate Methodist church but my agnostic father did not attend. In the early to mid 1970's, attending public school, and visiting museums, and watching science TV shows, and reading science publications, and reading bad bible verses, and hearing preachers apologetic explanations, and some unpleasant encounters with hard core fundagelicals and their tracts, all combined to make me into an Atheist at the age of 17 in 1975. I immediately stopped attending church (tho' for cultural reasons I have still taken in some services) and became an outspoken Atheist (and a prudish one at that; I have abstained all my Atheist life from profanity, and sexuality, and from tobacco and alcohol and all illegal substances). The censure of those around me caused me over the years to moderate my outspokenness, but my personal inside of my brain attitude is still strong Atheism.
Mr. Andrew O. Lutes