I already recounted the how of my atheism here: http://www.sciforums.com/showthread.php?t=111277 But this post induced me to create a thread explaining the why: And the answer is: I chose it because its the only position sustainable with a mindset of scientism,scientific sceptism, absurdism, naturalism, empiricism, sophisticism and xenomorphism [the last two of which will be explained in a new thread soon]. This is a mindset that naturally follows from that journey and its a mindset which I consider to be worth having, its something I prefer over a mystical, wishful, supernatural, illogical, irrational, anthropocentric worldview which, if not necessarily comes with theism, atleast is the mental niche in which theism can exist. That is, even if a person belongs to the first worldview [which I mentioned in the first para], his theism can only exist under a veil of the second worldview. So you see, it was not a simple choice of a belief - it was a choice between two massive paradigms. Ps. This post is from this discussion [#46]: http://www.sciforums.com/showthread.php?p=2883633&posted=1#post2883633 PPS. My views on sophisticism and xenomorphism: http://www.sciforums.com/showthread.php?t=111813 Any thoughts?