Yes, you did read that right, I could’ve been considered an atheist at the young age of 8 because at that young age I believed that the stories they kept telling us were just stories, nothing more then a magical answer to questions no-one at the time could answer, but I can’t say that it was by myself that I came to that conclusion. I believe that it was mostly because of my dad (a knowledgeable and wise man in the carpentry trade who lived in a fairly wealthy and humble family in his youth) but my mother on the other hand, was raised in a big, christian family, gathering together every holliday and praying over every meal, forcing all of us (my family) to go to church meetings, events, religion-based child-care (me and my sister at least) , and just about everything from playing the parts in drive-through scenes to giving food to the homeless, and sheltering me to the point that I didn’t know there were other religions until late in middle school.
But as to my ‘comming out’ as an atheist, I can’t really put a date or anything like that on it, it was a gradual phase as I started to gather information, reading things like the Bible, the Koran, all sorts of science books and history books, Darwin’s notes, the Greek stories (including the actual story of Hercules nothing like the Disney version) , the story of Buddha (you shoud really read a manga (comic book) called “Buddha” because it’s really fastinating and enlightening (ironicly though, it was to me)), some Hindu religious things (I couldn’t really get into it too much for a number of reasons) , and the ancient Mediterranean religions (like the Egyptian religion) where I was able to find what all of those were meaning when they said what they said and why they were saying it.
So where am I now? I’m still learning, this world, this universe, and even this multi-verse has an unimaginable number of things to teach us. It’s only a matter of closing the books you don’t honestly read and look to find the truth. That’s what science is: an attempt to find the truth and accepting it even if it contradicts what we want to believe. I believe fully on two things. One, if there is a god and he governs all of us, he must care more for the attempt to appreciate and understand his gift, without the desire to overcome or topple him over, than to blindly follow like lambs to the slaughter. That is the really religious standpoint and not what I believe. I’m trying to give them the benifit of the doubt. Secondly, I believe that if all of humanity lost its memory and history was not preserved, in place of religion there would be a new god, a new prophet, a new book, a new form of worship, a new philosophy, and a whole new religion all together. It would be as different as any religion now is to each other. Even with a lack of scientific knowledge, we would still slowly regain our knowledge of a majority of what we know today, with little difference more than units and names.