I hear ya church guy, I hear ya. But of course for atheists, it goes beyond just the words of philosophers like Harris, Hitchens and Dennett. They are also basing a lot of their conclusions on science, geology, astrophysics, etc. and people in that field, like Clair Patterson, Charles Darwin, Neil DeGrasse Tyson etc. Atheists are going towards where the evidence is leading them. Sure, you have a lot of people on this board like myself that are former Christians. Probably the biggest misconception of these atheists, though, is that they are angry people that are "angry at God" and disillusioned, perhaps because of some disappointments at their church. For me, I can say that is what started it - our pastors were covering up sex abuse in their church by other members which occurred over a 30 year period. But it goes beyond that - the next question that those who face a disappointment like this will ask is "Do any of these people believe?" If they truly believe, they wouldn't behave in this manner - so why don't they believe? That's when you start investigating, and a disappointment leads you to research, which leads you to a conclusion based on the evidence at hand. I think you recognize that though - you're not one of these theists that says "Deep down you know there's a God - you just want to sin." I think you appreciate and respect opposing views, and that's a good thing. Almost everyone on this board seems to work in a similar manner so I really enjoy the back and forth discussions.