I saw this questionnaire on the Bold Questions Blog, and it was also cited on the Everyday Infidel blog. I thought this was a good questionnaire, because it is designed around introducing yourself in a light-hearted fashion.
1. At what point did you know you were an atheist? Why did you become one, what were the factors leading up to the decision, if you weren’t always one?
I don’t think I have an exact moment of admitting or coming to the acceptance of atheism, but I do have a moment of realization, of no personal God of the Bible. And that was one day driving home from work and realizing that there is no all loving personable God watching over me, and that was a scary thought. As for when I became an atheist, I usually count from when I told my wife, which is July of 2012.
As to what led to my de-conversion,there were many things which led me to conclude that the God of the Bible wasn’t real.But as what led me into the journey was bible contradictions.
2. What religion did you grow up with? Did you have positive or negative experiences with religion?
Growing up in New Jersey, I went to a Baptist church, but when I moved to florida in High School, I attended, a more nondenominational church. And yes, my experience as a christian, was very positive. I was very content in my faith.
3. Are you a more outspoken or more apathetic atheist? Why?
I would say, I am apathetic and very passive when it comes to my atheism, I am still getting used to my skin.
4. Do you think religion is obsolete and should be wiped completely off the face of the Earth, or does some good come out of it?
You know I am undecided, on this topic, I plan on reading God is Not Great, by Christopher Hitchens, to come to more of a conclusion on this. I might even consider reading the God Delusion by Richard Dawkins.
5. Did you lose any friends because you decided to be an atheist? Did your family flip out?
Not yet, I say mostly not yet, because I am not a fully out of the closet atheist, I would describe it as peeking out of the closet. And also because I am not outspoken or bold about it; If I was, then it would probably be a different story.
6. How do you feel about so-called “militant atheists” such as Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens, and Sam Harris?
Undecided as of so far, but the new atheism movement does make many valid points on the lack of usefulness and dangers of religion
7. Except for God, do you believe in anything supernatural or pseudoscientific? (Ghosts, alien abductions, spirits, souls, demons, psychics, magic, Harry Potter, etc.)
I do believe in aliens, but that is more out of probability, considering how large our universe, and the number of earth-like planets. So I do believe that the possibility of life on other planets to be very high. But whether that life is intelligent is another question.
8. What’s your political alignment? Does your atheism influence how you vote and how you feel on issues?
Yes atheism, does influence my politics, I care nothing for the issues surrounding culture wars. I only care for economic issues, and issues that directly affect my wallet.
9. Even though you’re an atheist, have you ever experienced a moment that could be called “religious?” Like an epiphany about the world or complete peace?
10. Are you spiritual, or are your feet always on the ground?
Feet on the ground. I am very rational and down to earth.
11. Do you have/plan on having a career in the sciences? Alternatively: which branch of science intrigues you most?
I really enjoy astronomy and physics, but no plans for a career in those fields. However I do have a degree in Mathematics.
12. What happens when we die? Do you fear death?
Life, Time, and the World will go on without me. I will probably be forgotten about in a few generations and NO I don’t fear death.
13. Would you ever date/marry somebody who follows a religion? Be honest.
I am married to one now. However we married religious, I’m the one that has changed. But hypothetically speaking, I think I would date/marry someone who is religious, as long as they are not dogmatic with it.
14. On a scale of 1-10, how happy are you with life at this moment, and why?
8.5, I am very satisfied and content, but it’s not perfect. And I am okay with that.
15. Recommend a book. (Doesn’t have to be relevant to atheism, just any good book.)
For anybody who has questions on Christianity…THE BIBLE, but for anybody who wants to know how to interact with people. How to make friends and influence people by Dale Carnegie.