I come from a Roman Catholic background. I was born and live in England but my family are actually Italian. So whenever I visit my family in Italy you will always see signs of Catholicism every corner you turn. In England I find that religion is not as important in comparison, which can only be a good thing, but it is still lurking behind in the shadows which is just as dangerous perhaps.
I attended a Roman Catholic school (the worst years of my life). They teach scripture such as The Golden Rule, love one another as you would like to be loved yourself. Yes, thats great, not so great when no one actually takes this on board and bullies the inch of your life out of you! So this was the starting point of me turning to reason and truth, why would anyone be so mean to someone else when the Bible is teaching scripture such as this? Of course, the teachers were cherry picking the nicer things out of the bible, no where in class did they teach of the rape, slavery, mass genocide that the Bible advocates. That is not good PR for Catholicism!
So in sixth form at the same school I studied Philosophy for my A Levels. The teacher was called Mr Adams and he was the most influential person at that moment in time. He introduced me to the writings of Jean Paul Sartre and my love with Existentialism started there. When the words were uttered, “God is dead, everything is permitted,” into these humble ears of mine, there was another alternate universe that was introduced, that I was allowed to think of that I would have never considered. In this life, on this planet, do we actually need a God? It taught me to consider the notion that it is actually ok to think that there is no God.
And from there I went down the rabbit hole and discovered reason and a few truths along the way. I am still learning and still developing. I am not remotely close from escaping the rabbit hole as yet, but so far so good!