mike Anderson Posted over 3 years ago When, how, and why did you become an atheist? When: The same day I stopped believing in Santa Clause ( 7 or 8 maybe?) How: My parents never pushed any religion on me. Therefore the story of a man who could walk on water, talking snakes, etc were just as ridiculous to me as a man who can deliver presents to every house on earth in one night being pulled by flying reindeer. Why: At first my beliefs were something I kept to myself not because I was unsure but because I didnt want others to think of me as immoral. However I now see religion as not only improbable, but HIGHLY immoral and irresponsible. I believe that religion has played an important role in human evolution as a tool , but it is now an extremely outdated tool that is hindering our society to advance. The most important thing I have ever learned is the ability to think critically. My college professor Stated it perfectly: "the reason that fisherman believe that fish do not feel pain when a hook has pierced their lip is because it is more comforting.Someone told them that fish do not feel pain and they accept it as truth. Their brain shuts off and allows them to escape the responsibility of causing another creature pain and the guilt of benefiting from it." I have nothing against fisherman I just thought it was a brilliant example. But this type of child-like thinking ("someone told me - so I accept it as truth") is everywhere and I believe it is at the core of every problem in our society today. When you are brave enough to think critically, you will ultimately realize that things like Religion are dividing us and making it "ok" to kill each other in the name of our "gods". The reason that humans dominated the planet in such a short time is due to our ingenuity. Our ability to create tools allows us to adapt in order to flourish. In order to create better tools and technologies, science is needed. When using the scientific method to find answers, a critical thinking mind is required. Faith is the enemy to this process ex: "the dark ages"