You may have run across this article on the Wall Street Journal Speakeasy site posted on Sunday by Ricky Gervais. It is an article where Ricky Gervais talks about why he is an atheist. It’s an interesting read. I encourage you to hop on over and read it.
What stood out to me in his article was Ricky Geravais’s testimony of how he became an atheist:
“I was sitting at the kitchen table when my brother came home. He was 11 years older than me, so he would have been 19. He was as smart as anyone I knew, but he was too cheeky. He would answer back and get into trouble. I was a good boy. I went to church and believed in God – what a relief for a working-‐class mother…“…there I was happily drawing my hero when my big brother Bob asked, “Why do you believe in God?” Just a simple question. But my mum panicked. “Bob” she said in a tone that I knew meant, “Shut up.” Why was that a bad thing to ask? If there was a God and my faith was strong it didn’t matter what people said.“Oh… hang on. There is no God. He knows it, and she knows it deep down. It was as simple as that. I started thinking about it and asking more questions, and within an hour, I was an atheist.“