I've been lurking for awhile now and have finally decided to register.
Little about me, grew up in Oceanside, California. I was raised Protestant Christian and even private schooled by the same church. I was a devout Christian up until a few years after joining the military, where I started to really separate myself from the practice and church. Eventually, this lead to a lot of questions of my own and I found it increasingly difficult to get the answers I needed from the chaplains. It felt like everyone was beating around the bush or deflecting.
About 8 months ago, a buddy introduced me to Reddit and there I found the subreddit Atheism that had a lot information/posts I was looking for. Gears started turning and the deeper I dug, the more I became infatuated with the knowledge I was presented with. Four months later I denounced my religion and came out to everyone that I was an atheist. The feeling of the weight of having to be perfect for a god and even appeasing him being lifted off my shoulders was a nothing short of awesome.
Still dealing with the backlash of my family and friends, but it's not as painful as I imagined it to be. I'm actually enjoying it, my mind set is completely different. They talk about how they feel sorry for me, how judgement will come, I have been corrupted, and yada yada yada. But it is really them I feel sorry for.
But as I digress, there were many posts on Reddit linking to the Youtube videos from TheThinkingAtheist. I watched as many as I could with my bandwidth limitations while being deployed, 30 - 45 mins to load a 7 minute video. It all led me here, and here I am trying to absorb as much knowledge as I can, being a new atheist.