I'm 19 years old. Until 2 years ago, I thought that God created the universe (with light in motion) in seven glorious days. Then I met a friend and had a late night conversation about religions role in society and blind faith in a man in the sky. Three weeks ago, after much debate with myself, I told my parents that I was an atheist. I hoped that they would understand, because I understood why they believed in God. It was an easier way to deal with things for them, and that was okay. However, my mother cried and my dad yelled. They couldn't understand how I could commit such a heinous crime as turning my back on God. After all, they said, I had believed it all my life (not entirely true). Now they pretend it didn't happen, but I can sometimes here them talk about it – mostly they say that “we have to love the sinner but not the sin” – or scoff when scientists try to find scientific reasons for things in the bible.
I just want to thank you for providing some reason for the rest of the world and explaining how ridiculous and improbable it is to believe that something created nature as it is now instead of millions of years of evolution by natural selection.
It's hard having a family who hates you secretly and thinks you've committed the ultimate crime, but I take comfort in know that I haven't wasted my life believing in something that is improbable when science explains everything in a highly probably way.
Thank you for what you're doing.
-Erik Guetschow, someone who just came out of the religious closet