When I was a teenager I chose to be an atheist because 1) I saw no evidence of god and 2) I wanted to rebel against the heavily christian community I lived in. Now, however, my atheism comes from the understanding that all religious texts are written by man with a specific purpose in mind (policing the masses for example). I fear death because infinite nothingness sounds horrible, but despite the desire for a heaven/afterlife of some sort, I physically cannot believe in any deity based religion. So I feel like I'm not choosing to be an atheist, but rather, I just am one by nature.
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