I was brought up as a Methodist in England. I went to Sunday School when I was young, and then church, and also had daily assemblies with prayers and hymns at Grammar School (aged 11-18). At home we had no religion.
At the age of about 15 it was time to become a member of the church and be confirmed. I decided I didn’t want to do this, and stopped going to church. I hardly gave it any thought at all. That was it. For the next 45 years religion just did not feature in my life, apart from going to weddings and funerals, but I have to confess that my first husband and I were married in church despite us both being atheist (wedding options were very limited back then).
Religion just passed me by, but about 5 years ago I joined the National Secular Society and began reading religion articles and blogs on the Internet. Here I discovered all the awful things that were going on, by churches and governments, and the whole religion thing now horrifies me. How I could have ignored it for all of those years I’m not sure, but it tends to be the British way – don’t talk about religion or politics, The churches, and “persecuted” Christians here are trying to change that, of course. America seems to be sending its crazy ideas here too, which doesn’t help.
I obviously did realise, all those years ago, that I was an atheist, without giving it much thought. None of my children were baptised, or went to church. Basically I think I just grew up and realised that God, like Santa Claus, was a myth, and the bible was nonsense. Going to Sunday School and church was just something we did as children.
Science, often quoted as being a factor, has nothing to do with my “conversion” as I wasn’t interested in science as a child, though I am interested now. You don’t even need much science knowledge to see that the creation story in Genesis is rubbish.
My “conversion” was really just apathy which lasted 45 years and has resulted in a bit of an obsession for the past 5 years or so.