I think I was born that way and I never had any religion shoved down my throat as a child so I was lucky then ...that's all I have to say about that.
Atheism is simply the position of no belief in deities. Becoming atheist is to consciously dismiss or disavow claims of god-based faiths. There are no set doctrines nor common belief practices among atheists beyond that.
"Atheism leaves a man to sense, to natural piety, to laws, to reputation; all of which may be guides to an outward moral virtue, even if religion vanished; but religious superstition dismounts all of these and erects an absolute monarchy in the minds of men." -Sir Francis Bacon
LOL! It's not like you have to sign papers or graduate from atheist school. Just worship the Flying Spaghetti Monster!
You don't "become" an atheist. You weigh all the options, read the Bible a few times, decide if you have faith in the unknown or believe in concrete scientific evidence.
"How do you become an atheist?" Actually do a REAL study of the bible (this only applies if you are referring to a former christian). Which is how I became an atheist. Compare it to actual evidence.
Go hang around in a Combat zone for a few months and see all the misery and pointless death and then decide if you believe or not !
Atheism is our natural state.
We were all born atheists but were taught by well-intentioned parents that there's a guy-in-the-sky who grants wishes and we learned religion along with all our other prejudices.
Realistically, as a Catholic Christian, my impression---based on trading numerous dialogues with atheists on here is that they find a lack of belief in any gods as the best explanation of their experiences so far on earth.
As a fellow human who has come to a different conclusion, I'm not that different---it's just that I think the existence of the Abrahamic God best explains both all the suffering and all the good in the world.
Personally, I think studying the bible does little to help anyone to come to a conclusion about the existence of God.
Why?--- because if you don't think that the the bible is "the word of God" it makes very little sense overall. If you do think it is "the world of God" then you don't expect it to make total sense until you are with Him in the next mode of existence where you have the retrospective vision that we call "20-20 hindsight."
We are all born as Atheist. The cultural traditions of the of the region you are born INTO, is what determines the indoctrination you will be subject to.
Your belief system depends on those indoctrinations imparted on you in your youth. When you get to be around age 12, you begin to explore and question what is being told to you against logic and reason you have started forming about the world in which you live. You compare and contrast those things taught to you as part of tradition as "Truths" or simply part of your inherited culture.
If you are lucky enough to be born into an atheist family, you are hopefully taught to explore and accept the world around you in a more natural way.
Some of us have to find our way back from the mental clutter imparted on us by those we love and trust . . . It is usually the very pursuit of knowledge, regarding the religion you are indoctrinated, which makes the strongest case for UNBELIEVABILITY. You will find it often steals from other older belief systems and contradicts itself at many turns. This was the case for myself and a great many other Atheist I know.
It took a few years for my full transition from Theist to Atheist. It is truly enlightening and a joyful journey now.
It important to note that Everyone is an Atheist in respect to believing certain deities . . . there are several hundred different Gods or Goddesses that ALL choose NOT to believe in . . Atheist go just one more God past that.
You simply never open yourself up to the big picture. You embrace the concept of ignorance is bliss and make it yours. It's your choice to believe or not. It's your choice to live your life the way you please. It's your choice to turn from God. You become an atheist by choice.
god is a particle, not a person.
You are the god you seek.
Just follow all of that money.
For some people, god is money.
If you stop believing in God.
So if I become an Atheist, there is no secret handshake, or arcane rituals at midnight during the dark of the moon? No newsletter, or potlucks. Forget about it - it sounds like the Methodists have more fun.
Easy by never seeking the God,atheist judge God without ever giving him a chance to prove himself, therefore they will be judged using the same measure that they used to judge him.