My name is Bill and I guess I'm a "closet atheist", which my 4 sisters (all various ranges of 'devout') do not understand. I've watched many of the Atheist Experience shows on YouTube and I have to commend Matt for having such patience when dealing with the callers. I hope to gain some of that patience so I can deal with my siblings.
I was raised in what I describe as being a "part-time" Episcopal family. I was baptized, had a "godfather" (though he was hundreds of miles away), and I participated in "confirmation" some time around age 12 or so. My parents took us to church on all of the big holidays as well as many Sundays, but religion was never big in our family. We never had Bible readings (though I do own no less than 8 different copies) and outside of saying a prayer before bed and grace before a meal, we grew up devoid of the daily rituals. Yet my sisters are amazed that I'm NOT religious, though they are. Maybe it's because I skipped Sunday School (I actually only remember attending 2 times) or maybe it's because I never "bought in" to the whole idea of Christianity.
At any rate, my parents are long gone and I am planning to have some sit-down discussions with my sisters the next time I visit them. Hopefully some of Matt's patience rubs off on me.
Thanks for listening,