Since we're all asking questions. My questions are a bit less polarizing than the previous offerings. It seems, in many of the threads I read, that Atheists participate in, that someone invariably someone becomes frustrated and writes something close to this: "Since you don't believe as I do, why do you come here and poke me in my belief with a sharp stick?" Ok, so I took a bit of liberty with the paraphrasing, but you get the idea. So, why do you come to this forum and argue with folks who believe? Inquiring Theistic minds wanna know... Next question... I'm curious: Why do you identify yourself as an Atheist? Did something happen that influenced you? Did you ever believe? Were you raised in a religious environment? Finally: What kind of proof would it take to make you believe? A public display of a magnificent miracle? A private epiphany? I've seen these questions posed in various threads and I think it would be helpful for future discussions to have a place where the answers are gathered. Ok, my answers: 1. I lurk here and read a lot. I used to think I was able to defend my (lack of) belief quite admirably, till I tried it a few times here. Seems that there are folks here (on both sides) that have done way more research, are far more eloquent and educated than I. In other words, I got my rear end handed to me. So I come here and read and learn from both sides. So far, its only solidified my (lack of) belief. 2. My disbelief started at a young age. I was sent to Sunday school as a little kid, and even as young as I was, I found I felt like an imposter. I could never accept the entire concept of Jesus, God and the bible. I'd look around at my friends and wonder if they knew I was "faking" it. I kept my mouth shut for years, mostly because my closest friends belonged to a very devout family and I believed if I actually told anyone what I was thinking I would no longer be allowed to hang out with them. So there was no bad experience, just a complete inability to take any of it seriously. When I got older I began to understand what an Atheist is and realized "thats me!" And nothing since has convinced me otherwise. 3. I really can't think of anything that would cause me to become a believer at this point in my life. I suppose a miracle that I see with my own eyes may do it, but it would have to be something that absolutely defied explanation and be witnessed by others(so I don't doubt my own sanity). I really expect to come to the end of my life with pretty much the same attitude as I have now.